Handled a Walther PPQ today....

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  1. Safetyfirst

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    Was at a friend's house and he brought it out. Unmodified, no accessories. Was very impressed with the trigger when I dry-fired it, super crisp. Also felt really good in my hand, love the grip. Might look into buying one, haven't heard anything bad about it. If anything, I heard it was undersold.

    Anyone have experience with it? Also I couldn't decide if I liked using my trigger finger or my middle finger to operate the mag release, is there a correct way for right-handed shooters?
     
  2. ku4hx

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    Feels more natural to me to use my middle finger, but I'd imagine the shooter's hand size would be a factor in determining that.

    Get your buddy to let you shoot it and see for yourself. Of maybe just try it with his gun with an empty magazine ... and empty chamber of course.
     
  3. frankenstein406

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    the first or second gen one?

    if first gen, its seems like a great pistol and eats anything you feed it.
     
  4. tarosean

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    The PPQ has sported the trigger guard release and the magwell release.. so I suppose it matters which one you were playing around with.

    Ive always used my thumb for both.
     
  5. Safetyfirst

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    It had the HK-style trigger guard release.

    I tried using my thumb but I had to work the gun like 45 degrees to the left to even reach it!
     
  6. herrwalther

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    I am guessing that since you are asking how to use the mag release it was a first gen PPQ? As most shooters are not used to the paddle style mag releases that Walther and HK have used. I have longer fingers and have found my middle finger is the best way to eject a magazine out of a paddle release, I am also right handed.

    Personally I do not think the PPQ holds a candle to the P99. Even less so when Walther dropped the paddle style release for a button and over Glocked the PPQ.
     
  7. tarosean

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    Read this thread about proper grip its full of some useful information.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=719736
     
  8. mgmorden

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    Don't own a PPQ, but I've got an SW99 with the same "paddle" mag release and I've found the middle finger to be most efficient, but overall I've never liked that system vs the classic "button" on the side.
     
  9. Potatohead

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    I believe 2nd gens are PPQM. They have the American style mag release. Supposedly, the m2s have a killer trigger. Almost to easy to pull...people actually say it's easy to accidentally double tap these. I don't know why theyre not more popular, I've only heard good things.
     
  10. Chuck R.

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    I’ve got two of the PPQ-9 M1s (paddle), positively my favorite plastic pistol. Both of mine have been 100% since buying them. I have over 4K through one, and about 1800 through the second. I use my trigger finger on the mag release, and once I got used to it I wish more pistols had this feature. It’s one of the only pistols I have (15) that don’t require me to shift my grip in the slightest to change a magazine.

    Chuck
     
  11. Fishbed77

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    Both are great pistols, but the trigger feel of the P99AS edges out even the superb PPQ. And it looks better too! The paddle release of the P99 and 1st gen PPQ is definitely the superior system.

    The 1st gen PPQ and PPQ M2 have the exact same trigger. The only difference is the push-button mag release and the inability of the PPQ M2 to take P99/1st gen PPQ mags (a terribly stupid move on Walther's part).
     
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    I put a few mags through a buddies, and although the paddle mag release bugged the hell out of me, it was a great shooting little pistol.

    My middle finger seemed easiest with regards to the paddle.
     
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    One can find old S&Ws with better designed slides for $350 or less like new (except for the
    .45acp chambering). Given inferior slide design the new Wather is worth about $400. I looked over Radom-made Polish Police sample and found nothing remarkable about the pistol.
     
  14. Fishbed77

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    By inferior, I assume you mean uglier. Otherwise, there is nothing else inferior in quality or finish about the PPQ slide. Yes, they are much uglier.

    The only P99/PPQ/SW99 variants to ever have problems with the slide design were the very earlier SW99s with Smith & Wesson-manufactured slides.
     
  15. Morgo

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    I like mine

    IMG_4077.jpg

    Best trigger of any polymer handgun I have ever tried.
     
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    PabloJ; Obviously, you've never fired a PPQ :neener:
     
  17. ExTank

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    ^ Anyone who has wouldn't be talking that kind of smack about 'em. :rolleyes:
     
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    I previously had several P99s years back. Even had three slides hard chromed for them. I personally preferred to use my trigger finger. But, whatever works is fine too :)
     
  19. ExTank

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    Shipwreck, do you have any pics of those?
     
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    Never owned a PPQ, but did have a P99. The P99 was fun to shoot but I sold it after I found it to be insufficiently durable for a defensive handgun. After owning it for 4 years and firing around 10,000 rounds total the ejector broke. After it was repaired I had put about 5000 more rounds through it when the slide started locking back when the gun wasn't empty.

    I don't know whether this rate of breakage is typical for a modern mid level handgun, but I felt disappointed.
     
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    Had the version with the paddle release. It's my favorite pistol on the market. Use your trigger finger on the mag release. It took me about 20 minutes of repetitious mag switches to program myself to do it. After that, I was instinctively flowing through mag changes without breaking my grip.
     
  22. Fishbed77

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    So you had an ejector and magazine springs wear out after 15,000 rounds? Hard to call that a durability issue. Those are wear items on any semi-auto. The P99 has a reputation for being one of the most durable polymer semi-autos on the market.
     
  23. ExTank

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    ^ It's like the guy who runs a vehicle for 100,000 miles with routine maint. complaining that he needs new tires. :rolleyes:
     
  24. Soldiernurse

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    Thumb? Too easy, use middle finger (of shooting hand). I'll never understand the hate on the paddle mag release. The PMR is more efficient than the button... requires no hand readjustment. I'm sure replies will follow of how superior the BMR or have used the button mag release for over a 25-50-100 years. :rolleyes:
     
  25. Fishbed77

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    I find it even easier to use the trigger finger.
     
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