At IWA Walther was showing off some new handguns for the self defense and competition markets, specifically their five-inch PPQ and their new CCP line of pistols. I was able to get my hands on the guns, and I was actually pretty impressed . . .
The five-inch PPQ is a damn slick gun, sporting an extended magazine release button and a fiber optic front sight that would make it perfect for competitive shooting. The trigger is crisp and clean, and the trigger shoe is flat and smooth. The gun even feels good in my hands, which is both a blessing and a curse — if it feels good in my gigantic mitts, then the molding might not work for those with smaller paws.
The CCP is designed more for the concealed carry crowd, with a shorter grip and barrel length, but still sports some of the features of the PPQ. That includes the same nice feeling trigger, an accessory rail under the barrel and the molded grip. The grip on the CCP didn’t quite fit me the same way the PPQ did, but that’s going to be down to personal preference.
Both of the guns seem to be well-made, but the real test will be in seeing how they handle on the range. I’ve asked for some samples to test and we’ll let you know how they do as soon as possible. [Jeremy S. EDIT: I just finished up testing out a new PPQ M2 5″ and it’s shipping out to Joe Grine tomorrow for him to test. This will result in a joint review going up on TTAG here in the not-too-distant future. On a related note, the ergos were great for me also, plus it ships with S, M, and L swappable backstraps to accommodate various hand sizes. Also, the U.S. version has standard 3-dot sights instead of that fiber optic.)