PPQ .40 S&W Range Report


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qcsmitty
February 26, 2012, 09:59 AM
To follow up:
I just purchased my first Walther; a new PPQ .40 S&W last week. Today I went to the range and put 100 rounds of Federal HST .40 cal 180g JHP (#XM40HC) through her without issue. This is my first experience with the .40 S&W caliber and BOY, that snap was even more than expected. The pistol handled it well however with the trigger pull and ergos being outstanding (as advertised). I am happy with this grouping, given that I am not a very experienced marksman. The following is a pic of my target from the indoor range. I decided also to attach the large back strap, which seems to enable me to work the mag release more effectively with my trigger finger.

http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab129/QCSmitty/PPQ12.jpg

http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab129/QCSmitty/range2-222-12.jpg

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Fremmer
February 26, 2012, 10:02 AM
Good report. How is the re-set on that trigger?

Trad Archer
February 26, 2012, 03:44 PM
I'm so tired of hearing how the recoil from a 40 S@W is too much. It's embarrassing. This is a man's caliber.

Congrats! You have an awesome firearm.

moundman
February 26, 2012, 03:57 PM
I agree. Plus I dont have a lot of experience with handguns and the experience I do have was with a 9mm. The recoil on my PPQ .40 imo is not that bad. Even watching my youtube video it doesnt look like its recoiling a whole lot.

qcsmitty
February 27, 2012, 07:31 PM
Good report. How is the re-set on that trigger?
1/2'" and very defined. I was a little disappointed though that the trigger pull had a slight "grind" to it, somewhat like a stock M&P. Not bad though.

qcsmitty
February 27, 2012, 07:34 PM
I'm so tired of hearing how the recoil from a 40 S@W is too much. It's embarrassing. This is a man's caliber.

Congrats! You have an awesome firearm.
Good point. If someone is recoil sensitive, they simply should avoid .40 S&W and .357 mags. Period. I get a "kick" out of them. :D

DAdams
February 27, 2012, 09:21 PM
Not bad shooting for a first time out. Should get better with time. Yours is the first review I have heard with a PPQ and a "gritty" trigger. Hopefully that will smooth out.
That gun in .40 is going to have some recoil as if IIRC it weighs 22 oz empty.
I have the P99AS and like the caliber and number of rounds .40 provides in a significant caliber.

Good picture and Fenix.

Wish Walther would do the PPQ in .45. If they don't do one soon I'm going To try the XDm 3.8.

FMF Doc
February 27, 2012, 09:25 PM
I'm so tired of hearing how the recoil from a 40 S@W is too much. It's embarrassing. This is a man's caliber.

Congrats! You have an awesome firearm.
a .357mag has more recoil than .40, but I still get back on target quicker with a 3" SP101 shooting .357mag than I do with a Glock 22. It isn' so much that it kicks, as the snappy muzzel climb it has. If you like it shoot it. I don't like it, so I don't shoot it.

Fishbed77
February 28, 2012, 02:07 PM
1/2'" and very defined. I was a little disappointed though that the trigger pull had a slight "grind" to it, somewhat like a stock M&P.

That "grittyness" in the trigger WILL go away as the gun breaks in. It will be very smooth in about 250-500 rounds or so.

Chuck R.
March 3, 2012, 12:52 PM
I was a little disappointed though that the trigger pull had a slight "grind" to it, somewhat like a stock M&P. Not bad though.


IF the grind doesn't go away after breaking in, check this out:

http://www.handgunsforum.com/uploads/walther_ppq_gritty_trigger_fix.pdf

I went through my firing pin block and trigger transfer bar where it contacted the the firing pin block with 1000 grit as per the PDF and things smoothed up quite a bit. It probably would have "shot in", but this sped things up quite a bit.

Chuck

LJ-MosinFreak-Buck
March 3, 2012, 04:33 PM
Nice buy, and great shooting! I've fired a P99 in .40 and didn't think there was a "snap." it was quite comfortable to shoot. Then I managed to score an awesome deal on a Gen 4 G22 for $175 LNIB and I felt the "snap" everyone was talking about then. I didn't mind it though, it truly felt comfortable to shoot and I was able to transition from target to target fairly quickly. Next thing on my list? Some steel sights.

ExMachina
March 4, 2012, 11:37 AM
I'm so tired of hearing how the recoil from a 40 S@W is too much. It's embarrassing. This is a man's caliber.

funny because 40S&W was a toned-down 10mm, designed to accommodate the needs of smaller men and of women

wow6599
March 4, 2012, 02:59 PM
I'm so tired of hearing how the recoil from a 40 S@W is too much. It's embarrassing. This is a man's caliber

IMO, a G20 has a more manageable recoil than a G22......and I'm talking about my handloads and Buffalo Bore stuff; never a fan of the type of recoil the 40 gives off. Give me a 9mm or 45 ACP and I'm good.

Oh, congrats on the PPQ. I'm waiting on one in 9mm to arrive this week.

harmon rabb
March 4, 2012, 10:21 PM
eh, .40 never stops sucking. it's just really snappy and sharp. good caliber ballistically though.

LJ-MosinFreak-Buck
March 5, 2012, 09:40 AM
I'm quite fond of .40 in my G22

rdsmith3
March 5, 2012, 01:59 PM
Congrats. I have a Walther PPQ in 9mm. I am a beginner, and my groupings are a little to the left, like yours. I thought it was just my poor technique. I recently went to a basic handgun training class, and one of the instructors (ex-LEO and NRA certified) tried it from the bench, and all three of his rounds were about 1" left at 7 yds.

So, it is possible that your rear sight needs a click or two ccw.

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