Walther PPQ 45 - First Shots

Discussion in 'Range Trips & Reviews' started by Zippy, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Zippy

    Zippy старая каза Supporting Addict

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    May 14, 2016
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    A year ago, you couldn't have given me a striker-fired pistol. The prejudice I had towards anything that wasn't made of metal and didn't feel like a boat anchor dangling from my belt was a very real thing. Now, I own three striker-fired pistols.

    The 180-degree turnaround in my attitude came as the result of shooting a friend's Walther PPQ M1. I shot it so well, it forced me to reconsider many of the things (durability, trigger-pull, accuracy) I previously thought sucked about them. It wasn't long before I got the 5" M2 version in 9mm.

    The PPQ 45 is my latest pick-up. I got it the same week I purchased my Dan Wesson Specialist Commander and with the $100 rebate from Walther (http://www.waltherarms.com/Rebate100/) it was just too good of a deal to pass-up.

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    40 rounds, 10 yards, Geco 230gr FMJ
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    What you see here are the first 40 shots at 10 yards on this target, unedited, in all their spaz-tastic, belly laugh-inducing glory. My first six shots all went left but once I self-corrected, the rest of them (more or less) went where I wanted.

    I figured that recoil would be kinda gnarly, being that the pistol weighs only a few more oz. than its 9mm cousin but it was less than expected. Kudos to the PPQ 45's design. Increasing the mass of the slide and designing the grip to ride high in the shooter's hand were very logical solutions to mitigate increased recoil from .45 ACP. It works but it sure ain't no 1911!

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    Great deals on these right now and with $100 back from Walther, tough to beat.
     
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    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    Love my 'Q. I adding the Trijicon Pro sights, Full metal RSA and Apex trigger to mine. The tigger improves on an already awesome out of the box trigger from Walther!
     

  3. Zippy

    Zippy старая каза Supporting Addict

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    May 14, 2016
    I think the trigger on my PPQ 45 is a little better than on my 5" M2 in 9mm.
     
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    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    The Walther triggers in my opinion set the standard for striker fired guns. If you want even less trigger creep and a crisper break, then an Apex trigger system is the way to go.
     
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  5. Ctr1970

    Ctr1970 Member

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    Sep 1, 2014
    I also made the switch to Walther and never looked back. Traded my Glock for a PPQ M1 in 40, then made the switch to the PPQ M2 .40
    Hands down for the price and features it's a great pistol, fits like a glove and shoots smooth.

    My next Walther is the 45..

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  6. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    Nice review. It probably shouldn't but the only thing holding me back on the .45 PPQ is the mag release. I'm waiting for the paddle style. Which they may have and I don't know it.

    Right now my M1 9mm PPQ is my favorite striker fired polymer 9mm gun. Congrats on the acquisition.
     
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    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    Raylen, just go for it! Think of it like this where the mag release is now is akin to a 1911. In that way it is "muscle memory" to use and know where its at. Just jump in and go for it. $100 off from Walther is hard to pass up.
     
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  8. Zippy

    Zippy старая каза Supporting Addict

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    May 14, 2016
    I've shot Glock, Steyr and CZ striker-fired pistols and all three are very good but, they just can't beat a PPQ in my opinion. It just has too much going for it. Reviewers often point-out the great trigger but the M2's ergonomics are about as good as I've seen on any pistol. With interchangeable grip backstraps, it's very close to a one-size-fits-all gun. The magazine release button is easily switched-over for lefties. The slide release is easily operated by even the smallest hands...and ambidextrous. It's an outstanding design but it'll never win any beauty contests, that's for sure.

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    My 5" is a fun range toy. I'm still in the process of testing various factory loads but there hasn't been much variance. It shoots everything equally well.

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    10 yards, Winchester White Box 124gr FMJ
     
  9. Ctr1970

    Ctr1970 Member

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    Sep 1, 2014
    Hell..i think it looks beautiful..way better looking than Glocks.
     
  10. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    Sweet! I'm picking up a PPS M2 LE and a PPQ M2 9 this summer while the rebate is going on.
     
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  11. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2011
    My Walthers are the last two polymer handguns I own, got a full size and a compact. I went with the old P99 model, because the Q series wasn't out yet. I like the short trigger reset and prefer no trigger safety, so never got one of the newer ones.
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  12. Zippy

    Zippy старая каза Supporting Addict

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    May 14, 2016
    LOL They're definitely an acquired taste. I'm a big fan of Walther's classic pistols - the PPK, P-38, P-5, P-88, etc. I don't know why it took me so long to embrace the polymer, striker-fired pistols, though. I should've known that if it had the Walther name on it, it was bound to be pretty good.

    I was hoping that the rebate also included the Q5 Match but it doesn't. Still, I'll probably pick-up a PPS before the rebate expires on September 15. If it's even half as good as the PPQ, it'll be worth it.

    I hadn't planned to go to the range this afternoon but all the discussion about the PPQ 45 got my motor runnin' (it doesn't take much) plus, I also have a new DW Specialist Commander that needed to be shot so, I went and I'm glad I did. I was eager to see how the PPQ 45 performed with Sellier & Bellot 230gr FMJ. The Dan Wesson absolutely loves it. If I can get it for a decent price again, I plan to order it in bulk.

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    S&B 230gr FMJ
    25 rounds, 10 yards, standing offhand, slow fire

    I just can't say enough nice things about Geco 230gr FMJ. It's the most consistently good performing factory 'range' ammo I've ever used.

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    Geco 230gr FMJ
    25 rounds, 10 yards, standing offhand, slow fire

    Uhhh, that's about as well as I can shoot any handgun at 10 yards, even my 6" Colt Python with .38 target loads. I have no explanation. None. I was trying. Two RSOs and my neighbors in the adjacent lane were watching me shoot at this point. I tend to shoot better when I know I'm being watched.

    I don't know what else to say. The PPQ 45 blew my friggin mind this afternoon.
     
  13. Spur1911

    Spur1911 Well-Known Member

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    May 30, 2016
    I have a PPX in a 9. Shoots very very well. It is a hammer fired pistol with a pre-cock setting (I may not be describing it correctly). Anyway, I like it.

    I need targets like the ones Zippy has with the multiple targets on a single large sheet.

    I shot a 1911 AND a VP 9 at the range today. That makes for a good day for me.
     
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  14. Shocker2000

    Shocker2000 Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2016
    Geco in 9mm, 38 Special, and 45 ACP is pretty much all I shoot for range ammo. Whenever I buy something else, I'm disappointed. I've never had a failure with Geco, and I find it to be quite accurate.
     
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  15. Pennywise827

    Pennywise827 I keeed I keeed.....

    Jan 23, 2017
    I gave my wife a Walther 99 380 for her first gun. She still loves it because of the low recoil and easily racked slide. My kids all like to shoot it as its so low recoil. Her last range trip it was stove-piping, so I need to shoot it myself and make sure she was handling it properly and check the spring. She won't sell it or trade it on her next gun, she just loves the lil guy so much.
     
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  16. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

    Jul 12, 2015
    I love my PPQ. I've been thinking about a new PPS ever since I sold mine. Those .45's are tempting me. They do make a great gun. Anybody on the fence, just hold one. They feel really good. If it fits you, you will shoot it better.
     
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  17. Cyborg11

    Cyborg11 Re Member Supporting Addict

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    Dec 1, 2012
    The wife got into gun shooting and ownership last fall. After long and careful consideration she chose...the Walther PPQ 9 and the PPQ .22. She loves 'em and shoots them accurately. Heck, I even like shooting them! Nice pistolas even if they aren't 1911s.
     
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  18. Zippy

    Zippy старая каза Supporting Addict

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    May 14, 2016
    1911's are always going to be my favorite but I enjoy shooting other things every now and then. I just never thought I would like a polymer frame, striker fired pistol as much as I like the PPQ. It's a bit of a shock, considering how much I used to dislike anything that wasn't made out of metal. Unfortunately, it's going to be about another week before I can get it back out to the range!
     
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  19. Zippy

    Zippy старая каза Supporting Addict

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    May 14, 2016
    When it comes to factory ammo, I also prefer Geco when I can find it. It's consistent and shoots without a lot of fouling. My CZ's love the 9mm; Walther's not so much. The .45 ACP, though, shoots great in everything I own.
     
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  20. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    I shot one of these in 9 mm a while ago and was very impressed with it. The trigger is incredible, and it points quite naturally.

    Nice buy!
     

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