Walther Releases Non Race Gun Long Slide PPQ for Duty Use

In my opinion, Walther is one of a few significantly underappreciated handguns here in the US. Long known for quality manufacturing and renowned for their ergonomic grips on their handguns. The redesigned PPQ is an excellent handgun and it pains me as a shooter that Walther had to create the “M2” model that removed the ambi trigger guard magazine release to make due for an “American” style push-button release.

However, it does not pain me to see their latest release, the PPQ M2 5″ Standard model which takes the ergonomics and reliability of the normal PPQ and fuses it with a non race-gun slide from the PPQ Q5 Match series. This gives officer a longer slide and barrel for additional ballistic energy – but more importantly a longer sight radius for better shots on target.

The PPQ M2 5″ Standard maintains all the well-known PPQ standard features including its excellent factory trigger. PPQs have three safeties similar to the Glock including two drop-safeties. The handgun comes standard with both front and rear slide serrations, and a removable backstrap for the adjusting the size of the grip to the shooter’s preference.

A standard-capacity model and 10-round model are offered. Pricing was not included in the release, but will likely be between the standard M2 at $649 and the Q5 Match offered at $869.


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  • James Earl Jones

    Haven’t they had a standard 5″ model for a while now?

    • Kyle Cowart

      This one doesn’t have lightening cuts along the top of the pistol which the original 5″ had. Which those were fine, it was the Q5 lightening cuts that were a bit much. Especially with it being the only RDS mounted PPQ.

      • James Young

        I like the 5″ model they already have with the lightening cuts. My complaint is that the PPQ Navy comes with one 17 round mag and one 15 round mag. The 5″ only comes with two 15 round mags…

  • So Where did Walther remove the extra material from so the slides reliable?
    Glad I own the original 5′

    • Havok

      Because there aren’t any reliable guns with 5″ slides without windows on them……

      • mig1nc

        Havok, the existing 5″ PPQ is different from “most” longslide guns I’ve seen in that it uses the standard 4″ gun’s RSA, which is balanced for a lighter slide. It makes me wonder if Walter has a new RSA for this model.

  • Suppressed

    I love ambi trigger-guard mag releases as well and wish more companies would use them.

    And if they have to go with the push-button style I wish they would make it work in either direction (like my XD-M) instead of having to choose only one direction (like my FNP).

    • James Young

      I prefer reversible safeties instead of ambi safeties on pistols. I also prefer the “americanized” M2 mag release.

      • iksnilol

        Your opinion is bad and you should feel bad.

        • James Young

          You’re such a troll

          • iksnilol

            And you’re a poopyhead.

  • Anonymoose

    Still waiting for one in .45.

    • Shankbone

      Get in line behind the 10mm crowd.

      • Anonymoose

        I would, but then I would be poking them in the back with my raging erection. Out of my way!

  • Havok

    Poking around at the distributor level, looks like MSRP is set at $749.

  • C3T0

    Yeah I’ve had this gun for a couple of years, with 6 small lightening cuts in the top of the slide. Walther is really outdoing themselves introducing these exciting new pistols.

  • Lawrence_Hart

    I bought the PPQ “M1″ specifically because of the mag release. I love the gun and would love even more to get a 5” version but it comes with a worse mag release. :'(

  • USMC03Vet

    Paddle mag release is like Keymod. It sucks. It pains me to hear people still defending that garbage, especially Americans that should know better.

    • Chode Mobile

      Nah, you’re just a pleb

    • iksnilol

      Paddle mag releases are like M-Lok, better, cheaper and easier.