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recoil recovery. This brings us back to that all-important aspect of ergonomics again. The Walther, properly handled, stays put in your hand when fired and doesn't lift a straightened arm off target. That's particularly true when fired in a proper two-handed grip. At the range, I did a fair amount of informal shooting to get a feel for the pistol. This included shooting at those orange polymer gizmos, dirt clods, etc. I also tried to induce malfunctions by limp wristing the gun and shooting upside down and even sideways. It never balked. For accuracy, it was a solid bench and sandbags. Accuracy was excellent, probably just a little more than 2" on the average for five consecutive, five-shot groups at 25 yds. Shooting an old favorite load from Jeff Hoffman's Black Hills Ammunition, I got one group of about 1¼". The gun will shoot. The future of this nice new gun is dependent on two things. One is field performance. How well will the gun hold up to thousands of rounds down range under rough field conditions? You never know about that until a bunch of cops really beat the heck out of their guns. Second is the number of these things put in the hands of shooters of every stripe, which tends to develop a reputation. The guns are well named (PPQ stands for Police Pistol, Quick), and I think they'll do well. And Walther has finally delivered the .45 it promised us more than three-quarters of a century ago. The recoil-operated, striker-fired PPQ employs a Browning-style tilting barrel. There is an articulated safety blade in the trigger's front, but no separate manual safety. The author found the gun's polymer frame has excellent ergonomics. SPECS IMPORTER: WALTHER ARMS, INC. (DEPT. AR), 7700 CHAD COLLEY BLVD.; FORT SMITH, AR 72916; (479) 242-8500; WALTHERARMS.COM 7.4" DE CIP N BF CIP N .45 AUTO FCA0000 FCA0000 MADE IN GERMANY WALTHER ARMS FORT SMITH, AR CIP N 4.25" MAGAZINE: DETACHABLE BOX; 12-ROUND 5.8" CAPACITY MANUFACTURER: WALTHER, ULM GERMANY CALIBER: .45 ACP ACTION TYPE: RECOIL-OPERATED, SEMI-AUTOMATIC CENTER-FIRE PISTOL FRAME: POLYMER RIFLING: 1:16" RH TWIST SIGHTS: WHITE, THREE-DOT; FIXED FRONT, DRIFTADJUSTABLE REAR TRIGGER: DOUBLE-ACTIONONLY; 5-LB., 9-OZ. PULL WIDTH: 1.3" WEIGHT: 28 OZS. ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, LOCKABLE CASE, CABLE LOCK, SPARE MAGAZINE MSRP: $699 SHOOTING RESULTS (25 YDS.) VEL. @ 10' (F.P.S.) ENERGY (FT.-LBS.) FEDERAL GUARD DOG 165-GR. EFMJ 1072 8 SD 421 1.49 2.09 1.82 BLACK HILLS 230-GR. JHP 822 9 SD 345 1.29 3.19 2.29 AMERICAN EAGLE 230-GR. FMJ 825 9 SD 348 1.53 3.40 2.59 .45 ACP CARTRIDGE AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD GROUP SIZE (INCHES) LARGEST AVERAGE SMALLEST 2.47 NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FROM A 4.25" BARREL FIRED OVER AN OEHLER MODEL 35P CHRONOGRAPH AT 12 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 25 YDS. FROM A SANDBAG REST. TEMPERATURE 68° F. HUMIDITY: 40%. ABBREVIATIONS: EFMJ (EXPANDING FULL METAL JACKET); FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET); JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT); SD (STANDARD DEVIATION). AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG OCTOBER 2016 59 http://www.WALTHERARMS.COM http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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