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WALTHER'S PPQ 45 being parallel and dead flat, they are slightly rounded and angled inward. It gives the gun a sort of pagoda look. Also note that there are large cocking serrations on both sides and ends of the slide. There's a lot for the shooter to grab when he runs the slide on this one. Machined from high-quality steel, the slide also has an interesting external extractor-a massive one-at the lower rear corner of the ejection port. The spring-loaded striker is contained within the slide, as is the barrel and recoil spring, captive on the guide rod. Finally, Walther designers beveled and relieved the ejection port. The receiver, molded from a highstrength polymer material with steel inserts, has some great ergonomic features. Pistols can tend to skid around in the shooter's grasp, particularly when hard-recoiling ammunition is in use. To counter this, the PPQ's molded polymer frame has surface texturing comprised of raised dots and crescent-shaped lines. They are quite small and are placed in patterns that are cross-directional. The resulting surface is not particularly aggressive, but nonetheless seems to anchor the gun in the hand very well, even under heavy recoil. There are very slight finger grooves on the frontstrap, which carry over to the sides of the grip. To the rear, the backstrap has a slight "S" curve with a deep pocket that takes the web of the shooter's hand. In an attempt to tailor the grip to all different-size hands, Walther designers worked a replaceable backstrap feature into the PPQ. There are three different sizes available. And while the trigger guard's hooked shape is inexplicably dated, the high-hold relief under it is excellent. Another useful feature is the three-slot accessory rail under the front edge of the frame that can mount a light, laser or combination thereof. Inside the molded frame is a metal, rack-like assembly, held in place by a pair of sturdy pins, that constitutes the serialized receiver. Along with the necessary levers and related parts that make up the gun's lockwork, it fits into recesses in the polymer frame, with the serial number visible through a window in the frame's tang. Running the PPQ 45 is pure fun for a .45 guy. With an empty gun (slide locked back), the shooter inserts a fully loaded magazine, then grasps the slide with an overhand grasp, pulls all the way back and releases. The slide will close, chambering the top round. There are matching bilateral slide locks on the pistol, and they are there to lock the slide back. If you run the gun to empty, they will automatically do just that. Note that the new Walther does not have any kind of manual thumb safety for the shooter to manipulate prior to firing. While the process of firing the gun is straightforward-simply draw, aim and press the trigger-it requires a bit of discussion relative to one of its salient features, which is its short trigger reset position. After the first shot, the shooter must first release the trigger at least to the reset before pressing it again to fire a subsequent shot. And while almost all shooters let their trigger go all the way forward, that simply isn't necessary on this pistol. The Walther DAO trigger action, which completes the twin functions of cocking the striker and releasing it, allows the shooter to pull the trigger all the way back (firing a round) and then let it go back only a fraction of an inch before it resets. If he chooses to let the trigger go all the way forward, the internal safeties will kick in and he will have to sweep the trigger completely through its long arc in order to fire again. The advantage of the former method is simply faster shooting. With practice, someone "shooting to reset" can get two aimed shots out of the Walther in less than a second. When I was growing up as a pistol competitor and carrying a pistol in combat, I never heard any discussion of such a procedure. That's mainly because our games did not require blinding speed. In modern times, we are much more concerned with combat shooting in the Modern Technique. Many pistol manufacturers are now emphasizing short trigger resets in their marketing efforts. With its PPQ line, regardless of chambering, Walther is one such maker. I have fired many of these models, as well as many of their competitors. The reset is so short- and so light-that it may be the quickest of them all. Obviously, this is an important feature. There are a number of other features that commend the newest PPQ. Ergonomics, the physical relationship between the gun and the gunner are excellent. The butt section fits the hand well, placing the shooter's mitt in position to perform the up-andback trigger sweep that delivers the first shot. Another important factor in semi-automatic pistol performance is The PPQ has distinctive grasping grooves at its front (l.), easing press checks, and rear (r.), along with generous bilateral slide lock levers and a reversible magazine release (top). 58 OCTOBER 2016 AMERICAN RIFLEMAN

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