Walther’s new PPQ is named for its quick-reset defensive trigger

Story and Photos by Leroy Thompson

Walther PPQ Pistol

This right-side view of the Walther PPQ shows how the controls are to the weapon, which aids in its draw from concealment.


For those of us who like Walther pistols, the introduction of a new one is always somewhat of an event. Such Walther designs as the PPK and PP have been around for more than three-quarters of a century and are still among the better self-defense pistols. Walther has, however, introduced new 9x19mm pistols to replace the classic P-38, though that design still remains quite good, as well.

As new Walther service pistol designs have come out, I’ve tried them all. I owned both P5 and P88 pistols, and considered both quite good. Later, when the P99 was introduced as a replacement for both of them, I tried it, liked it and started carrying it.


The P99 incorporated various features that are considered de rigueur on the latest generation of combat pistols, including a polymer frame, an internal striker, interchangeable backstraps, an ambidextrous mag release, an accessory rail and non-protruding controls. It’s a good pistol, although I prefer the original version, which allowed carry requiring a first round DA pull or a lighter pre-cocked first round pull. This system was later replaced with a choice of three types of action.

Walther P99 Pistol

This left-side view of the PPQ shows the ambidextrous safety along the trigger guard and the ambidextrous slide release.

One other feature I really liked with the P99 was that extra front sights were supplied so that the proper elevation could be achieved whether using 147-grain subsonic or 115-grain +P+ loads. Since I find few pistols that come from the factory with sights properly regulated, this was a real boon.

I carried the P99 for a year or so, and became used to it and shot it well. Others seemed to get especially interested when James Bond carried a P99 in one or more films. It also achieved some success in military and law enforcement sales.

I remember being contacted by one police department armorer who had read an article I did on the P99 and had a couple of questions based on the article. That was a decade ago or more, but I remember one of the questions pertained to the technique I used to quickly prepare the pistol for a lighter SA shot when carrying the pistol in the heavier DA mode.

The Walther PPQ’s trigger re-set is so fast that the shooter can put multiple shots on target in a short time span.

The Walther PPQ’s trigger re-set is so fast that the shooter can put multiple shots on target in a short time span.

Smith & Wesson marketed the P99 under the S&W name and I have a .40 S&W version from them plus my original Walther P99 in 9x19mm. I have rarely shot them over the last few years, however. Nevertheless, when I heard about the new Walther PPQ, which incorporates “improvements” on the P99, I got enthusiastic again and requested one to test.

To read this article in its entirety, pick up a copy of the November issue of Gun World, available at newsstands now.

2 thoughts on “Walther’s new PPQ is named for its quick-reset defensive trigger

  1. The neww PPQ seems promising. Anyway I think that American arms factories should endevour to design a 1911 with single and doble-column magazines and a double/single action mechanism. The 1911 is a very flat pistol for its size, quite ergonomic and very accurate. However it has a great flaw : it’s single action mechanism. The Para LDA is a good step in the right direction but I prefer a double action for the first shot and all subsequent shot in single action mode. If firearms factory would listen the updated 1911 would be a serious contender in the double- action semiautomatic pistol market. Calibers of course .45 ACP and 40 S&W.

  2. I just bought a PPQ 40 cal to use it as CCW because my HK P30 L is too larhe to carry around. I almost bought the HK 45C but it is $200 more than the PPQ which I also consider a high end weapon.

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