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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).

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