WALTHER’S NEW 9MM OFFERS LOTS OF OPTIONS FOR MISSION-SPECIFIC READINESS
Walther’s new 9mm offers lots of options for mission-specific readiness.
By CCH Staff
Versatility in a handgun is a good thing.
Being able to use the same handgun for competition, home defense, concealed carry and tactical/ law enforcement applications allows you to develop a thorough familiarity with the gun’s particular handling qualities. That, in turn, benefits establishing your grip, acquiring the sights and making fast, accurate shots.
Walther Arms has introduced the Q4 TAC model in 9mm Luger that offers an array of features that makes the handgun suitable for multiple missions without the need to pick up a different handgun each time the task at hand changes.
The Q4 TAC comes with a suppressor-ready barrel with standard ½ x 28 threads. A screw-on cap protects the muzzle when no suppressor is used. Because a suppressor can also change the dynamics of a recoil-operated firearm, the Q4 TAC comes with two recoil spring/guide rod assemblies to keep the pistol reliable with and without a suppressor attached.
The Q4 TAC also features an optics-ready slide—a cut in the top of the slide behind the ejection port designed for mounting a small reflex sight. Three adaptor plates are supplied with the gun to make this Walther compatible with many of the most popular optics, including those from Trijicon, Leupold and Docter.
If you don’t wish to use an optical sight system, no problem. The Walther Q4 TAC comes with a high-visibility fiber optic front sight and an LPA fully-adjustable competition rear sight.
The Q4 TAC is based on Walther’s well-designed PPQ pistol. It is a striker-fired pistol with a polymer frame that features an integral Picatinny rail for mounting accessories. The cross-directional grip surface provides for a secure hold.
It is a compact or mid-sized pistol with a 4.6-inch barrel, overall length of
7.8 inches and a height of 5.3 inches. That’s an all-around excellent size that promotes efficient gun handling in a concealable package. Three magazines come with the handgun, including one flush-fitting 15-round magazine and two 17-round magazines with extended base pads. Three interchangeable backstraps are included as well, so that you can fit the pistol to your hand size.
The Q4 TAC is one of the company’s M2 designs, which means the magazine release is a push-button type on the left side of the frame. That release is reversible for left-handed shooters.
A slide release lever extends along each side of the frame within easy reach without jutting out obtrusively.
The pistol has no external manual safety. A blade safety on the face of the trigger disengages as you pull the trigger. In addition, there are two internal drop safeties and a firing pin block.
The gun features Walther’s Quick Defense trigger. The trigger pull measures at a smooth 5.6 pounds with just 0.4 inch of travel. The trigger resets at just 0.1 inch, allowing for excellent trigger control and quick follow-up shots.
Angled serrations are both front and rear on the slide, which is treated with a Tenifer coating for a high degree of corrosion resistance. Its finish is a non-reflective matte black. Walther backs its newly made firearms with a transferrable limited lifetime warranty. In most cases, a gun is shipped back to its owner within 48 hours after it’s received at the company’s Fort Smith, Arkansas, facility.
The Walther Q4 TAC is a reliable, high-capacity 9mm pistol that’s shootable yet concealable, with the ability to quickly add a suppressor or optical sight as needed. Run it with its very fine sights as-is or add a suppressor, reflex sight, or tactical light or laser. You can outfit this pistol as needed for any specific duty you have in mind, and be assured you have a quality handgun worthy of the task.
Above: The Walther Q4 TAC proved to be a reliable, fast-handling pistol after putting thousands of rounds through it in the Utah desert.
Above: With the Q4 TAC’s threaded barrel, the handgun comes ready should you want to add a suppressor at any time.
Below: Several adaptor plates are supplied with the Q4 TAC to allow the easy mounting of popular optics.
Below: The new Walther Q4 TAC is essentially a PPQ 9mm model with threaded barrel and optics-ready slide that make it a much more versatile handgun.
Left: The interchangeable backstraps supplied with the Q4 TAC enable you to tailor the grip to your specifications.
The Q4 TAC is a compact, high-capacity pistol with a slim, easy-to-carry profile.