By Dan Kidder
In the world of self-defense guns, no gun maker has a more famous icon who uses their product than Walther. James Bond has used Walthers for most of his illustrious literary career. From his early days of carrying a Walther PPK, to his more mature P99, Bond has always been a fan of the German company.
This year, Walther has released a new defensive pistol worthy of Bond. The Walther PPQ incorporates the best features of a modern defensive pistol with the ease of use and quality for which Walther is known. Available in both 9 mm and .40 S&W, the PPQ has a list of features that make it a great shooter with an awesome natural point of aim. The ergonomic grip guides your hand into proper placement and features three interchangeable grip inserts to fit any sized hands. The 9 mm comes standard with two 15 round magazines (10 in California) and has the option of using a 17 round magazine. The .40 comes with two 12 round magazines with the option of 14 rounds.
Front and rear grip serrations and a light recoil spring allow users with limited mobility, say from arthritis, to easily manipulate the slide. Oversized controls also aid in the ease of use. The Walther PPQ is fully ambidextrous, with the magazine release placed on both sides of the trigger guard. The slide lock controls are on both sides of the gun and are full sized on both the right and left side.
The rear sight is adjustable for windage and the front sight can be replaced with either a shorter or taller sight post for elevation adjustments.
Where the PPQ really shines is its Quick Defense Trigger (QDT). Featuring a typical striker-fired two-stage trigger, the PPQ requires only .4 of an inch rearward travel to fire. The short reset also aids in reacquiring the target rapidly and making follow up shots. The trigger is smooth and crisp and helps correct poor trigger control errors.
The finish on the gun is Tenifer, a specialized Ferritic Nitrocarburizing treatment that makes the finish extremely strong and durable. Tenifer coating will prevent most holster wear, scratches and other blemishes to the finish as well as preventing rust and corrosion, even in salty environments.
The PPQ is a fun gun to shoot, extremely accurate, light weight and comfortable to use. It fills the bill for personal protection, home defense, duty carry and target practice.
Over all, this is a gun that James Bond would be proud to add to his armory. License to Kill not included. If you are interested in winning this gun, register for the forums at www.SportsmansNews.com. One lucky forum user will win the gun we tested.