Dear friend, I'm sure as you are reading this review, you have come across many reputable polymer pistols such as XDm, SR9, FNS, M&P and Glock. I was just like you when I decided to replace my old trusted G19 3rd Gen. after 10 years of carry. Truth to be told, I couldn't find a valid candidate to really compete against G19 for a long time.... until I have watched Nutnfancy's review videos on this Walther PPQ. This simplicity of the design, the proven accuracy, and finally its revolutionary design of its feather-weight trigger all screamed loud and clear of the German engineering quality. There is a reason why this Walther PPQ has received 100%, I repeat, 100%, of 5-star ratings on Buds among all 40+ reviews. The answer is simple: there is no 110% rating. Do yourself a favor, find a similar contestant on Buds with a score as high as Walther PPQ. I bet you it's hard. Even harder, try to find something bad about the PPQ. Yes, the magazines may be expensive, but that's only because this gun is new and the after-market has not caught up with its overwhelming momentum yet. Plus you could easily get the Magnum Research magazines made by Italian manufactures for $28 with perfect compatibility.
Among all the non-1911 handguns that I have come to hold and fire, the Walther PPQ has simply the most ergonomic design. Its light weight offers much advantage to daily carrying, home defense; while its tapered top slide makes it a better concealed carry than the blocky Glock. Slightly larger than the G19, it actually feels lighter and smaller in your hand due to its more elegant frame design. The balance of this gun is perfect, as I find it very natural-pointing even in a low light situation. It has a fast action sight, meaning there is much light between the target and the frame of the rear sight. Personally I think it's great because it makes target-acquisition much easier than a blob of mushy nonsense you will find in the factory Glock sight. The European mag release takes some time to get used to, but you'll soon find it much easier to drop the mag using your index finger. This method is more reliable in a critical situation as well, because you're less likely to accidently drop the mag due to a shaking grip and misplaced thumb. The same theory applies to car design: we use the same foot for gas AND brake.
After having fired 1000+ rounds of assorted FMJ and JHP through it, I have experienced 100% reliability. Not a single FTF or FTE, not a single stovepipe or hot case in your eye. This gun requires no oil or break-in, unlike the gimpy M&P series. Its trigger makes double-capping hard to resist, but its relatively high-bore axis forces you to calm down and regain control. Its muzzle rise is controllable due to the overall balance of the design and the low recoil of the 9mm. Let's face it, we are not shooting a 22LR here. So if you are really looking for a low recoil, insanely low bore-axis handgun, consider Caracal or Steyr. The Walther PPQ has a 1:9.28 inch twist rate (a lot of people are actually curious about this), which is the same as a Glock. Accuracy-wise, I consider it a tie with my G19. XDM 5in competition does indeed have better accuracy at 25 yards due to its longer barrel and sight radius, but for a general purpose handgun, Walther PPQ shines beyond any cloud of doubt. Made in Germany and supported by S&W, the PPQ comes with its intrinsic quality and extrinsic customer support.
In conclusion: if I could keep only one gun, the Walther PPQ is it. Its accuracy, reliability and smooth/crisp trigger design make it the overall best combat handgun. Add light-weight (24.5 oz) and insanely sweet ergonomics, here you have the only handgun that could claim the title of MODERN PERFECTION.
Thanks for reading.
Marcus from Wisconsin.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]