Walther has two new polymer-frame pistols, the Walther PPQ M2 and the Walther PPX, both of which are offered in 9mm and .40 S&W chamberings. Upon first examination, the two appear to be quite similar in size, shape and finish, with only two apparent differences. Both are full-sized service pistols with steel slides and polymer frames. Both have three-dot sighting systems and Picatinny rails for accessories, along with steel magazines that have removable polymer basepads. Both are double-action-only (DAO), as retracting their slides pre-cocks the firing systems.

Their gripping areas share the same surface treatment. Both also strongly resemble the Walther P99 pistol. However, further examination and then shooting them disclosed their differences.

PPQ M2 Details
The PPQ M2 has a matte black finish, weighs 24 ounces unloaded and holds 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition. Its sights are polymer. The front sight is slightly ramped and grooved, and it is adjustable for elevation using substitute steel sights of various heights (optional purchase). A slotted screw makes changing this sight easy. The square-notch rear sight is adjustable for windage by drifting it in its retaining cut. Longitudinal grooves run between the marked three-dot sights.

The slide tapers inward, nicely done by rounding the sides where they meet the slightly curved top. Two sets of widely spaced, diagonal grasping grooves are at the front and rear, aiding in slide manipu-lation. The slide contains the barrel and the captive recoil spring, which is mounted on a polymer guide rod. To make it easier to reassemble the pistol, the spring’s rear end cap is colored blue; the forward end cap is left black.

A sturdy, spring-loaded extractor is at the rear of the large ejection port, on the right side. This extractor also serves as a loaded-chamber indicator. When a round is chambered, its back end moves inward, exposing a red dot, thus providing visual and tactile indicators of a cartridge present in the barrel’s chamber. The pistol is serial-numbered on the slide and barrel and also at the top rear of the metal assembly, which contains the trigger and other parts of the operating system, and this is visible through a window in the frame.

A passive firing pin safety is slightly to the rear of the breech face. Worth noticing is the cartridge pick-up rail, which is stepped, with a narrow rail on the top right side of its larger body. I think this is done to help prevent the rail tip from striking a live primer when unloading or when clearing malfunctions. This thinner part is also beveled on its top and outboard area.

The ample-sized and squared-off triggerguard has a horizontally grooved front face. The curved and smooth-faced trigger has an also-curved, pinned center lever that serves as one of the two drop safeties—the other being in the slide. This latter safety is moved by a projection on the trigger bar.

The dust cover has a Picatinny accessory mounting rail on which I easily installed and removed two Streamlight TLR-1 HL and TLR-2 lights. A long and ambidextrous slide stop is horizontally grooved over two-thirds of its length and is thumb-reachable for all but those with the smallest hands.

The takedown crossbar is on the frame, forward of the slide catch. The reversible magazine catch (see detailed instructions in the owner’s manual) has a grooved head and is at the left rear of the triggerguard, where it is partially protected from accidental depression by a molded ridge extending rearward on either side of the frame. This ridge can also serve as a thumb rest.

The polymer frame has finger grooves on its frontstrap, and a rather unique combination of half-circle ridges and raised dots afford a solid but not “grabby” surface treatment in the normal gripping areas, including the inter-changeable backstrap. Three backstraps are included—sized small, medium and large—with the medium size pre-installed. While testing the pistol at the range, a fellow shooter mentioned that the shape of the medium backstrap allowed him to achieve a very high a grip on the PPQ M2. (The largest backstrap extends up to the top of the frame.)

To change backstraps, drive out the roll pin at the lower rear of the grip with a roll pin punch. The backstraps are notched at their bottom rear to accommodate this retaining pin, which can be used to attach a lanyard. The overhang of the backstrap also aids in inserting a magazine.

Interestingly, with the backstrap insert removed, you will find a raised slot on the inner wall of the frame. Marked on the left side of this slot is “transponder” and on the right side is “kennung,” which translates to “identifier.” It appears to be for holding electronic media.

The PPQ M2 comes with two metal-body, 15-round magazines with orange polymer followers and removable, black polymer baseplates, along with a sturdy magazine loader. Cartridge witness holes, numbered from “4” to “15,” are on the
rear walls of the magazine bodies.

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  • Kent

    These aren’t DAO. They are striker fired single action.

    • you stand corrected

      Dude. That little doohickey that juts out at the butt of the pistol when you pull the trigger is called a “hammer”. From the article: “Pressing the trigger fully raises and releases the hammer, which in turn strikes the rear of the striker, firing the pistol.”
      Sounds like double action to me.