Walther PPQ 45 Semi Auto Pistol
Walther PPQ 45 Semi Auto Pistol
Walther PPQ 45 Semi Auto Pistol
Walther® PPQ® 45 Semi–Auto Pistol is an extraordinarily comfortable and highly efficient full-sized .45 Auto pistol, making it the ideal handgun for personal protection or home defense. The PPQ 45 boasts remarkable accuracy with minimal recoil, and features a quick defense trigger that boasts a consistent, crisp pull and quick reset. The steel slide has a durable, corrosion-resistant finish, and aggressive slide serrations for a dependable, non-slip grip, even with gloved hands. The tough polymer frame boasts aggressive, yet comfortable texturing, and features 3 interchangeable backstraps for a custom fit and improved control. Ambidextrous controls offer superior performance for both left- and right-handed shooters, while 3-dot, snag-free sights boast quick sight acquisition, regardless of lighting. Plus, the PPQ 45 boasts a threaded, stainless steel 4.875″ barrel with a thread cap, readily compatible with most suppressors and other muzzle devices.
- Improved ergonomics
- Quick defense trigger
- Matte black coated slide
- Ergonomic non-slip grip
- Low-profile 3-dot sights
- Integral Picatinny rail
- Aggressive slide serrations
- Threaded barrel
Review: Walther PPQ M2 in .45 ACP
Alex Luffo from gunsdiscreetsupplies.com
Flexibilty Instead of Uniformity” is the Walther company motto. It’s a welcome departure from some company’s mottos detailing “perfection.” Walther is one of those companies that actually believes a pistol should conform to the needs of the owner, not that the owner needs to adapt to the pistol. This motto was the same guidance Walther gave to Horst Wesp, the technical team leader assigned with developing the P99, and the company adhered to its motto in the creation of the new PPQ M2 .45,
Wesp came to work for Walther in 1994, but had been in the firearms industry for several decades prior. He had a wealth of experience designing firearms and had steadily risen through the ranks to that of technical team leader at both Steyr and Glock before settling down in Ulm, home to Walther. Not long after Wesp started at Walther, the company tasked him with designing a completely new pistol. The P99 was ready just three years later.
In order to understand why a particular firearm exists, we need to look at its design requirements and, if possible, know who led the technical team that did the work. Company culture and market trends will dictate a lot of a new product’s features, but the individual leading the team will also have a profound influence on what that team develops. In the case of the new Walther 45, we must examine its predecessor, the P99, to fully appreciate what the new Walther PPQ 45 offers
One of the new design features was a polymer frame, a new development for Walther at that time. While the use of polymer frames wasn’t uncommon in semi-auto pistols in the 1990s, Walther had to assume a lot of risk getting into this highly competitive market. Polymer frames do significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing, but also present hurdles when creating a feature-rich model that will remain competitively priced.
Where Hesp chose to challenge the existing polymer-framed pistol market was by offering the owner the ability to tailor the pistol to their specific needs. The P99 was one of the first polymer pistols to have an interchangeable backstrap. This allowed the shooter to fit the grip size to their hand. Where other manufacturers chose a minimalist “take it or leave it” approach, Walther wanted to offer as many options as possible and began with the grip size. History would prove that Walther correctly identified what the customer prefers because almost every manufacturer of polymer-framed pistols now offers interchangeable backstraps. Walther and Hesp were simply the first to recognize their value.
The new Walther 45 is a full-size pistol without being overly large. It works equally as a duty gun or as a concealed carry piece. G&A staff has fired thousands of rounds through five different samples since August 2015 without a single malfunction to report.
The P99 was designed as a hammerless pistol but with an interchangeable trigger system, keeping with the flexibility theme that Walther favors. The first P99s had the classic double/single-action trigger system so popular in the mid-1990s. While there was no hammer, the trigger pull was long and heavy for the first shot and then short and crisp for subsequent shots. Walther also placed the decocker on top of the slide behind the ejection port. Depressing the button safely released the spring tension on the firing pin, much like previous decockers that safely lowered a hammer.
Depending on a customer’s wishes, the P99 could be fitted with a double-action-only (DAO) trigger or a partially cocked single-action system. Having three trigger types available from which to choose was unheard of at the time. Much like interchangeable backstraps, this feature is more common now.
Military & Law Enforcement Influences
Most of the major manufacturers pay attention to the demands of the law enforcement and military communities for a couple of reasons. Military and police contracts give a manufacturer some stability because they often last for years and have a fixed procurement cycle. This makes life easier and more predictable for a manufacturer.
These two customers also establish trends, for better or worse, which frequently carry over to the civilian market. A lot of civilians value the opinions of armed professionals and the perceived expertise that comes with them. For these two reasons, law enforcement demands had a heavy influence on the changes that the P99 would undergo for almost the next fifteen years.
The dust cover and the front of the polymer frame would change from two grooves underneath and parallel to the frame rails, to the standard Picatinny system that is now everywhere. This was a good change that made it possible for the owner to choose what accessory, if any, he wanted to mount to his pistol. We no longer had to endure proprietary systems that mandated specific lights or lasers.
The Walther PPQ 45 ergonomics were almost 15 years in the making and have evolved steadily over that time. The three-dot sights are standard and make good general-purpose sights. The Pic rail on the dust cover gives plenty of accessory options. The trigger is lighter (and better) and has a shorter reset than previous models.
Several other tweaks occurred with the frame ergonomics and sights. The frame became less angular, with sharp edges giving way to rounded contours. Sights changed from white outline to two- and three-dot models.
One of the biggest changes came when Walther migrated from the P99 to the P99Q. This change occurred in 2008 with the addition of Walther’s partially cocked single-action system (what many refer to as striker-fired). Striker-fired pistols had gained steadily in popularity and more law enforcement organizations (such as the Dutch police) wanted pistols with this trigger system. The problem is that law enforcement agencies employ persons with disparate proficiency levels, to the point that some folks are downright dangerous with a loaded firearm.
The typical law enforcement solution is to put a heavier trigger pull on a pistol, making it harder to have a negligent discharge. The P99Q was a pistol developed directly for German police contracts, a decision that proved profitable for the company. Two variants of the P99 were developed for this project, the “Q” and the “D”. The “Q” model had the lighter trigger with a shorter reset and proved to be the more popular of the two versions.
One of the features of the P99Q was a relatively heavy trigger pull as mandated by the requirement it was designed around. While many might wonder why a pistol with a heavy trigger would be popular (other than agencies like NYPD that think a heavy trigger is the best way to prevent negligent discharges), the idea of purchasing a pistol designed and tested to rigorous German standards appealed to many. The P99Q was adopted by several German law enforcement agencies and by several foreign countries, Poland being one of the biggest procurers.
The PPQ is Born
The P99 had been around for about 14 years and had seen many updates and refinements over its lifespan. While the internals hadn’t changed much, the polymer frame had steadily evolved over the life of the pistol. Walther decided to take many of the best features from the P99 and build a pistol better suited for the commercial market. The pistol that would come from this effort is the Walther PPQ 45
The Walther PPQ 45’s polymer frame is almost identical to the last P99 model. This is a good thing because those ergonomics were almost 15 years in the making. No other manufacturer can claim they’ve got that much study and effort into getting the grip right. As a result, the ergonomics make the Walther 45 one of the most comfortable pistols any of us here at G&A have held. Demonstrating early in the polymer pistol craze that they were serious about ergonomics, Walther’s interchangeable backstrap system is the most time-tested and simple to use. One pin holds the backstrap in place and, with multiple sizes from which to choose, the pistol can be made to fit almost every hand.
The Walther PPQ 45‘s grip texture strikes a good balance between being aggressive enough to hold under any condition and smooth enough to not damage our clothes if we carry the Walther PPQ 45 concealed. The beavertail on the back of the frame allows our hand to grab high up on the grip to help us control the pistol under recoil.
While the grip and frame on the Walther PPQ 45 appear almost identical to the P99Q, the trigger is where we see the biggest changes and the most improvement. Walther wanted to offer the best trigger on any polymer-framed pistol, so they focused on lightening the trigger pull weight and shortening the amount of trigger movement required to fire the Walther 45.
The P99Q’s pull weight was lightened by over 25 percent and trigger travel was shortened by 66 percent for the Walther PPQ 45 trigger. The short, light trigger pull makes it easier to concentrate on shooting, with less focus on trigger management.
To make the Walther PPQ 45 safe for concealed carry, Walther’s solution was to widen the trigger, cut a slot in it, and insert a narrow shoe that prevents the trigger from moving until it is depressed.
Placing the safety on the trigger face makes it very fast to disengage while ensuring that we have to deliberately pull the trigger to fire the pistol.
The Big Bore
The Walther PPQ in .45 ACP is the company’s latest addition to its flagship line. All the research and design that went into previous P99 and PPQ models are present in the .45. Slide releases are located on both sides of the frame and the magazine release can be placed on either side of the grip.
The Walther PPQ 45’s magazine holds 12 rounds and is made from steel. If you can choose between steel and polymer magazines for your pistol, always choose steel. One of my biggest complaints about polymer-framed pistols is the fact that many ship with polymer magazines. If you’ve ever reloaded a polymer pistol that has a polymer magazine; once the slide has locked to the rear, you may have noticed that the magazines are slow to fall out of the well.
Empty polymer magazines frequently don’t have the weight to drop free on their own. Polymer just doesn’t like to slide across polymer well. You’ll often see pistol shooters flick the pistol to speed the polymer magazine’s exit from the frame.
With rare exceptions, all those headaches seem to go away once we use steel magazines. Steel magazines leap out of the magazine well when compared to their polymer brethren. While this might seem like a small issue to some, if you need to change magazines quickly, it matters.
The Walther PPQ 45’s slide has serrations up front and rounded edges for comfortable carry. The striker is visible at the rear of the slide when the pistol is cocked, making it easier to determine the pistol’s status when glancing at it.
Taking the Walther PPQ 45 out for several range sessions rekindled our love for the gun and its excellent trigger. The short pull keeps pre-ignition shenanigans to a minimum and the light crisp let-off makes it easy to keep the sights on the target throughout the pull.
The excellent ergonomics allow for a high grip and the angle at which the trigger guard contacts the frontstrap is easy on the middle finger. The ergonomics of the frame took a long time to evolve and in our opinion, Walther got them right on the PPQ 45.
The three-dot sights are pretty standard fare and strike a balance between speed and precision. During testing, I managed a five-shot group at 25 yards that measured 1.68 inches from center to center using Barnes 185-grain Tac-XPD. That’s excellent accuracy from a service pistol. I burned through many magazines just for fun and think that the reset on the Walther PPQ 45 trigger is exceptional. It is short and tactile, making it possible to work the trigger vey quickly.
Accurate; yes. Reliable; absolutely. The Walther PPQ 45 for Sale is on my “must have” list. It’s there because of the M2 trigger, metal magazines and ergonomics.
Review: Walther PPQ M2 for sale in .45 ACP
ACCURACY AND VELOCITY
Litter Torch from gunsdiscreetsupplies.com
Glock, Heckler and Koch, Luger, Mauser, Luger, and Walther.
With a long history of excellence in firearm manufacturing, Walther proves its rightful place in that great roster of gunmakers with the new PPQ M2 in .45 ACP.
The new Walther PPQ 45. is the company’s first .45. In a marketplace filled with so many .45 autos, the Walther PPQ .45 ACP might seem a little late to the game. So, how does this Saxon import intend to challenge other .45s?
In a word: Comfort.
The .45 ACP is seen as a more difficult cartridge to shoot. The new Walther PPQ 45 changes that. Make no mistake, the power of the .45 remains, but shooting it produces a discernable push rather than a snap. It’s powerful, but controllable.
The Walther PPQ 45 for sale accomplishes this with several unique features.
For one, the ergonomic grip is well-contoured and comfortably fits into a medium-sized hand, despite the double-stack magazine well.
In fact, even though a 1911 is a single-stack, I find the controls on the PPQ 45 much easier to reach than those on Browning’s famous service pistol.
In the Walther PPQ 45, the company has replaced the European-style paddle magazine release in favor of the American-style push-button release. In my opinion, there’s just something wrong about daintily flicking a finger on the side of a trigger guard instead of mashing a good ol’ “DO IT” button to remove the magazine.
The push-button release is easy to reach, even for small-handed shooters. And if you’ve got larger hands, don’t fret. Walther includes an additional backstrap that thickens up the grip in the web of your hand.
Though the Walther PPQ 45 has the same caliber and terminal ballistic results as a 1911, it holds more rounds in the magazine. In fact, the Walther PPQ 45 holds 12 in a magazine, compared to a 1911 which will offer seven or eight rounds.
However, this added capacity comes at a cost. A standard .45 ACP round weighs 230 grains. There are 7,000 grains to a pound. This means that a fully loaded 1911 will weigh an extra .26 pounds, while a fully loaded PPQ 45 will weigh an extra .43 pounds. That excess weight is something to consider.
And while we’re on the subject of 1911 comparisons, let’s talk about maintenance.
We love field-stripping a good 1911, but it isn’t always the easiest procedure, especially if it has a full-length guide rod or lapped slide rails.
On the contrary, field-stripping the Walther PPQ 45 is easy. In fact, it’s almost unbelievable how easy it is.
The Walther PPQ 45 has a little tab that wraps around the top of the frame just forward of the trigger. Drop the magazine, ease the slide back about half an inch and pull the tab. The slide will then come straight forward off the gun. Remove the recoil spring and pull the barrel out. Done.
The only potential frustration is that you can’t pull the tab when the pistol is cocked.
Everything I’ve mentioned up to this point is a benefit, but the big story is the trigger itself.
The Walther PPQ 45. has a great striker-fired trigger. There’s less than half an inch of take-up before it tightens, and it breaks at a clean 4 pounds, 5 ounces.
After feeling this trigger, I grimace whenever I slip my finger into my Glock’s trigger guard, which breaks at a mushy 6 pounds, 12 ounces. There’s just no comparison. Go to your nearest gun shop, ask to see the Walther PPQ 45 and dry-fire it.
It doesn’t end there. Once fired, the reset is less than 1/10th of an inch. Follow-up shots are a joy with this pistol.
The .45 ACP is a powerful round, but that kind of power doesn’t come without cost. Specifically, a financial cost. I compared the prices of seven popular self-defense loads in 9mm and .45 ACP. On average, the 9mm was almost $4 cheaper per box of 20. It isn’t much, but that adds up over time. More money means fewer practice rounds.
I’m not a fan of its plastic sights. I’m sure they’re durable, but I keep wondering how many rounds I have left before that front sight pops off. Fortunately, there are heavy-duty aftermarket options available from companies like Trijicon and Meprolight.
Also, and this is just a little thing, it’s a good-looking pistol that’s ruined by unsightly markings all over. The gun would look so much cleaner and nicer without Walther having to stamp every identifying mark possible on the slide, and the “Read instruction manual” molded into the left side of the frame irritates me.
Despite these few things, Walther’s PPQ 45 is a triumph of engineering, and it’s one of the best options for a striker-fired .45 on the market today.Walther PPQ 45 Semi Auto Pistol
Ammo for the Walther PPQ M2 .45
I tested Walther’s new PPQ 45 by firing more than 500 rounds of varying loads, weights, manufacture and design approaches. With no cleaning and very little pause, I cycled round after round through the pistol.
Multiple parts of the gun’s functionality were stressed by varying rates of fire.
The slide stop was checked for ambiguous function as a slide stop and a slide release. Both methods caused no issues with the gun.
The gun was fired with and without a magazine, and it fired flawlessly both ways. I am particularly pleased that this Walther has no magazine disconnect safety.
Shooting comfort was tested with both grip options offered by Walther. The removable grip pad is held in place by a single roll pin at the bottom of the grip. A firm push with a punch removed the pin, and the grip pads were easily switched back and forth. Tune as you desire.
I, with my smaller hands, preferred the skinnier grip pad, but the thicker pad offered more purchase in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger, as well as a more substantial fill in the palm of the hand.
Five types of ammo were run through the Walther PPQ 45, which were chronographed, measured for accuracy at 25 yards and tested for reliability. Walther 45 Semi Auto Pistol
The 114-grain PolyCase ARX shot very comfortably in the Walther. Recoil was hardly noticeable, and the damage capability of the ARX flutes was seemingly evident in the target, as the paper was shredded rather than hole-punched.
The snappiest round fired from the Walther PPQ 45 was Federal’s HST, which is a dedicated defensive round. The power from Federal’s hard-hitting 230-grain hollow point was very noticeable. It would not be my first choice as a practice round, but it stood out as a particularly powerful choice for a self-defense round.
Winchester’s 230-grain Train load boasted the best group and best average of all five loads fired. This round stands out, however, because it is not a dedicated self-defense round. The Train load is a partner in Winchester’s Train and Defend line. As the name implies, this is the training load that is intended to prepare the self-defense shooter in using Winchester’s Defend load.Walther PPQ 45 Semi Auto Pistol
This is a test of a firearm’s ability to cope with different stresses and pressures on the slide and springs. This is done by randomly loading rounds with different grain weights and powder charges into the magazine. The gun must adjust to the different rounds and function reliably. This test is an attempt to make the firearm fail.
Three typewriter tests were run through the Walther PPQ M2 for sale. The gun did not experience a single failure during these tests. All rounds ran through the gun perfectly with no issues.
There was one instance where the slide locked back while firing, which I believe I can safely attribute to user error. I believe the slide lock was caused by an overzealous grip that pushed the thumb up into the elongated slide stop lever, causing the slide to lock back once the gun had fired. This was a one-time occurrence, however, through more than 500 fired rounds. Walther PPQ 45 Semi Auto Pistol
The Walther PPQ 45.performed remarkably in all manner of tests. It stands out among the pack as an effective and well-made striker-fired .45. You’d do well to put this gun at the top of your wish list.
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