Walther recently introduced several new handguns aimed at the law enforcement market. One of these new pistols is the PPX. Available in 9mm or .40 S&W, the PPX is also available in a threaded-barrel SD version in 9mm, which I received for testing. As soon as I opened the box, I realized that the PPX SD is ideal for hostage-rescue missions.
Walther is a company on the rise. As you can probably tell by all of the press attention, the venerable old German arms maker has really hit one out of the park with their PPQ M2. My initial impression of the PPQ M2 is that it may just be the best GLOCK clone made to date. Nonetheless, while the PPQ M2 may be all the rage, another new less expensive “entry level” Walther handgun recently hit the market: the PPX. To be honest, when I first unboxed the PPX, I thought it was a frickin’ Hi-Point. Which is to say that it’s rather, um, portly and homely in the looks department. And apparently I’m not alone in this observation. But after spending a couple of months testing the PPX, I’ve really warmed up to this plump princess . .
The PPQ was immediately successful, but the company didn’t sit still on it. For 2013, Walther has made internal improvements to the PPQ and now refers to the pistol as the PPQ M2. The PPQ features a high-capacity magazine (15 rounds in 9mm), yet the gun feels good in the hand. Obviously, the complaint with many high-capacity auto pistols is that the grip is shaped like a 2×4. Not the Walther’s. Not only that, but the PPQ also features a very nice, crisp trigger pull, something that always catches my attention.