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.
40 rounds, 10 yards, Geco 230gr FMJ
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!
Great deals on these right now and with $100 back from Walther, tough to beat.