SHOT 2013 Preview: Walther PPQ M2

By Dave Dolbee published on in Firearms, General, News

Walther’s new PPQ M2 really has my attention. In fact, I think I am going to make it my first stop—and potentially first purchase—at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. ~ Dave Dolbee

The PPQ M2 is a true breakthrough in ergonomics for self-defense handguns. The sculpted grip meshes smoothly into the hand. The trigger is one of the finest ever on a polymer, striker-fired handgun. The styling is elegant and trim. What’s more, the Walther PPQ M2 has been updated for 2013 with a new traditional reversible mag release button. The leading edge just took another step forward.

Walther PPQ M2 striker fired Pistol

Walther PPQ M2

Top 10 Reasons to Consider the PPQ M2

  1. Low profile three dot polymer combat sights—
    Rapid aiming and target acquisition; rear sight screw adjustable for windage; low profile won’t snag clothing;  optional metal self-illumination and metal Tritium night sights
  2. Tenifer coated slide and barrel—
    Resists corrosion; matte finish
  3. Front and rear slide serrations—
    Non-slip surface to operate the slide smoothly; distinctive Walther styling
  4. Ambidextrous slide stop—
    Slide locks back on empty; slide stop extended for easy gloved operation
  5. 3 safeties—
    Two drop safeties and a firing pin block for safe carry
  6. Ergonomic Walther grip—
    Comfortable shape; non-slip cross-directional grip surface for better control
  7. New ambidextrous magazine release button—
    Conveniently positioned for thumb operation; reversible for right or left hand operation
  8. Quick Defense Trigger—
    Smooth, light 5.6 lb trigger pull for all shots; short .4-inch trigger travel and .1-inch trigger reset for fast, accurate second shots; facilitates double-taps; superb trigger feel aids accuracy
  9. Checkered trigger guard—
    Perfect for tactical two-handed grip stance
  10. Mil-spec 1913 Picatinny rail—
    Mounts optional flashlight or laser







Caliber: 9mm .40 S&W 9mm .40 S&W 9mm (Navy SD*)
Finish: Black Black Black Black Navy
Barrel Length: 4″ 4.1″ 5″ 5″ 4.6″
Trigger Pull: 5.6 lbs 5.6 lbs 5.6 lbs 5.6 lbs 5.6 lbs
Capacity: 15 rnds 11 rnds 15 rnds 11 rnds 15/17 rnds
Overall Length: 7.1″ 7.2″ 7.1″ 7.2″ 7.1″
Height: 5.3″ 5.3″ 5.3″ 5.3″ 5.3″
Width: 1.3″ 1.3″ 1.3″ 1.3″ 1.3″
(empty mag):
1.5 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.5 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.6 lbs

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Comments (24)

  • The Prof


    I appreciate your comment (#23). My hands are small, but I can use both my thumb and trigger finger at the same time to work the paddle on both my P99 and PK380 while the backstrap remains in place in my palm. On the other hand, I find it difficult to push the button release on my Glock 27 (even though they made it bigger) because I can’t get enough angle on it with my short thumb… So, I guess it boils down to whatever you’ve gotten used to. :-)


  • P99 Owner


    I own a P99 and a target pistol in .22 from Beretta. I vastly prefer the P99, except for one thing: the button mag release on the Beretta blows away the paddle release on the P99 for me. It is just downright awkward and difficult for me to use the paddle, slows me down significantly, and makes me wonder who the heck they thought would find that design useful. Apparently some of you have larger hands than I do, or your fingers bend sideways, hehe. But for me, a button release is a very welcomed change on the PPQ M2, and I’m now only wanting for one in .45…


  • The Prof


    Well, I guess the discussion regarding the mag release just goes to illustrate that it comes down to whatever we’re used to. I’ve been carrying the P99 for so long (and a PK380 as back up) that the paddle release on the trigger guard is just second nature for me. I just bought a Glock 27 (because I wanted a .40–same as my P99–as back up instead of the .380), and I’m struggling a bit with the button on the grip (even though it’s quite large). I could easily get used to the PPQ, very cool.


  • Rick


    It would be fine IF they offered BOTH versions. However, if you look at their website see link below), the PPQ is not listed. The PPQ M2 is the only one listed. Being left handed, I really like the original version and I have it in .40 S&W. My wife carries the 9mm PPQ. Also, if you’re ever in a life or death gunfight and are having to shoot weak handed, the original trigger guard mag release COULD save you a few seconds that could save your life.


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