SHOT 2013 Preview: Walther PPQ M2

Walther PPQ M2 striker fired Pistol

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″
Weight (empty mag): 1.5 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.5 lbs 1.6 lbs 1.6 lbs
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Comments (24)

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. I like the new button mag release. I had the model with the release on the trigger guard and while it was somewhat interesting, I never got used to it. All of my handguns have the mag release on the grip and some of them can be moved to the other side if you are a lefty. I own Glocks, Sig Sauer, Kimber 1911s and S&W M&P. All of them operate basically the same. The only one which is a little different would be the Sigs I own. (Double/Single Action). I carried a Glock 17 for 25 years as a duty weapon and I can use any of my handguns with confidence and always fall back on my training with the Glock. In an emergency, I don’t want an unusual weapon in my hands when I have to change magazines. Also, on some courses of fire you are allowed to do an “Administrative” reload, and you can remove the magazine and reload it without drawing the weapon from the holster. With the trigger guard release, it is covered and you can’t do it unless you draw the weapon. If I ever encounter an ‘Oh Sh*t’ situation I’m sure I’d act on my training when ejecting a magazine. So far I really like the PPQ M2.

  6. Just bought Walther PPQ M2. Love it, have always considered Walther to be the Cadillac of automatic pistols. I’m glad they abandoned the trigger gaurd mag release and went back to push button release. Feels great in my hand very accurate and reliable. Greatest pistol ever designed, a real piece of art work.

  7. I have owned many many handguns in my 61 years. All have been the button mag release. Thank you Walther for the PPQ M2. They heard what Americans were used to and wanted in their guns, and answered. I have owned and shot this wonderful Walther with almost 600 rounds and it is perfect. I feel it is a bad idea to try to remember which mag release I am using. I will stay the American button mag release. All of you die hard paddle users–go ahead and do your thing and I will do mine.

  8. This sounds like a reasonable price given the times. I CC a Walther P99, which I believe is about the same size, weight and shape. Because of the position of the grip and its angle, it makes it quite compact. Walther positions the grip a bit more forward and angled down more (it’s almost 90 degrees relative to the slide) so that the bottom back of the back strop does not extend beyond the slide, making it considerably more compact than comparable pistols.

  9. Hello gunners, I just bought my PPQ M2 a couple of weeks ago at a gun show in Ohio. $499.00 plus tax. I’m now thinking maybe I should have both models or maybe a 22 cal. Love reading all the comments, especially the funny ones.

  10. I found a small local store carrying a .40 PPQ for $519 because its a display model. Its brand new and doesn’t look like its been fingered a bunch. Is this a good deal? I was looking at a xdm or xds for conceal carry, but now thinking the ppq instead. Does anyone CC this pistol? Is it too bulky?

  11. I have been looking for a PPQ first gen or second for a couple months now with no luck. Where did you find yours jeff or anyone else with any ideas?

  12. Most of us on here purchase guns for cc and hd, and the other reason being afraid of the gov getting our guns. Look guys, I purchased the ppq m2 today and my buddy has the 1st ppq, it doesn’t matter to me where the mag release is. It’s one heck of a pistol and Walther has done a great job again. Lets just enjoy our guns and uphold the 2nd…

  13. I own and love my ppq,can not understand why they would go back to the old fashion button mag release.With the paddle I can change mags super fast using my middle finger.Will never sell it.

  14. Why does the 4″ and 5″ barrel models listed as having the same Overall Length of 7.1″/9mm and 7.2″/.40sw? Is this a mistake? If not can someone please explain to me. Thank you.

  15. Why is everyone complaining about the option for a button release? It’s not like they are discontinuing the regular PPQ they are just giving consumers the option for a button release if they want it. If you like the regular mag release then buy that one.

  16. I also own an early P99 (w/o the Picatinny) in .40 cal. and a PK380. Both have the trigger guard mag release–I love them both for this feature and it’s one of the reasons I’m a Walther fan. I love the looks of the PPQ and had considered selling my P99 in favor of the PPQ, but the change to the mag release kills that idea for me. This plus the fact that I have 12 round mags (after market) for the P99 (as opposed to the 10 for the PPQ). My one complaint re: the P99 is that I’m not fond of the trigger safety…makes for a strange long pull on the first shot; a bit hard to get used to.

    BTW: Hooligan, When I bought my P99 it came in either 9mm or .40 cal. Did they drop the .40 too?

  17. What a disappointment! The mag release was super fast and awesome and now they go back to copying everyone else. Stupid move.

  18. They got rid of the AWESOME mag release from the previous version? NO!!! That is my single favorite design of any Handgun. I own a P99, my only problem is it only comes in 9mm only and I greatly prefer .45 (If you have ever been in a gunfight you now why).

    I was hoping the line would be expanded to include a .45 not get rid of it. Bad move Walther.

  19. Couldn’t agree more. Why would Walther take something that is inovative likethe trigger guard magazine release and go back to the awkward thumb actiated grip release. I guess it hurts to be out there on the “bleeding edge” and they fell to the pressure of people that said “that’s weird, not like everyone else”. Thirty minutes with the trigger guard release and you will never go back. I to and disapointed. Too bad.

  20. I totally agree. I own a 40 S&W PPQ. Awesome pistol and I love the lever mag release. This is a step backwards IMO and I don’t see much of an “upgrade” here. How about giving us a prce break on additional mags? Lol

  21. Have been an owner of a PPQ for over a year now. Use as my EDC. One of the absolute best features of this firearm is the trigger guard magazine release. Why, why, why would they revert to old, slow button release mechanism? I was beyond excited to see an “updated” version to be released. What could make this platform even better? Well, looks like a downgrade is in the works. Too bad. 🙁

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