Walther PPQ – 1/10th Inch Reset Trigger is New Design

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Smith & Wesson introduced the PPQ at SHOT this year. It is the latest offering from Walther. It is a polymer striker fired pistol with a very nice textured tactical grip. It comes with 3 back straps for different sized hands. The 9mm version has a 15 round magazine capacity and the 40S&W has a 12 round magazine capacity.

The most significant aspect of the pistol I feel is the trigger and it’s 1/10th inch reset. They are calling it their own “quick defense” trigger design, but it sure looks like the little lever on that Austrian company’s guns. The nice thing about a short sharp reset is you can hold the trigger in a very tight firing position after the first round. This cuts down on your reaction time shot to shot because the trigger has less distance to travel. You don’t see a lot of pistols advertising their reset distance because they are significantly more than 1/10th of an inch, and it is often the weak link in the design of a two stage single action or double action only. This new Walther ads a competitor to the choices of the educated consumer for advanced pistol design.

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  • CJL June 23, 2012, 9:29 am

    I just bought mine yesterday in 9mm. I would have preferred the .40, but they didn’t have it. I always like the bigger round, but I’ve never had a 9mm, and the gun I traded it for just wasn’t doing it for me after a coup,e of years. I traded a Sig P239 by the way. I’ve always been interested in Walthers, just never had the chance to try one, or see one, or hold one. The first time I picked up the gun, it felt perfect in my hands. Size wise, it’s just a bit wider than my Sig, but height and length, they’re one in the same. Weight is noticeably lighter. I dry fired it a couple of times and actuated the slide with trigger depressed, and the reset is EXTREMELY short. I carry a Glock for work (LEO) and I’m absolutely a Glock guy all the way, but I think I actually like this gun better, for CCW anyway. Ergonomics on this feel more natural and comfortable than my Glock or my Sig. Just my 2 cents.

  • Al W October 21, 2011, 9:51 am

    Purchased a PPQ (Police Pistol Quick Defense) 9mm version yesterday and put 150 rounds through it with no malfunctions. Love the grip and feel of the gun. The trigger lives up to the hype, smooth take-up with a clean crisp break, and I have to say I believe the reset really is about one tenth of an inch. The trigger could be closely compared to a Glock with a 3.5 pound polished connector with a 25 cent trigger job, only the Walther is smoother than that in my opinion. It is an accurate easy shooting firearm. This is the first Walther I have owned and since I have short fingers the ambidextrous trigger guard magazine release works well for me although I realize it isn’t to everybody’s liking.

  • dude May 31, 2011, 4:28 pm

    I bought the PPQ and it rocks! The trigger is smoothe, the reset is just as advertised! Double taps are easy! I have the 40sw model and it went through 340 rounds of federal FMJ and Hydrashocks with no failures. period. I reccomend this gun!

    • pochos October 31, 2011, 10:40 am

      I believe the PPQ should go 10-20K rounds w/o failure..I still think the HK P30 is the top but at $200+ less the PPQ is a great gun for CCW and home defense.

  • J Billy May 1, 2011, 9:01 pm

    i just saw this gun for the first time at the NRA convention in pittsburgh today. Let me tell you, out of all the guns, this is the one i wanted to take home. the Grip on it is excellent and the feel is amazing. the 1/10 is also very cool. i wasnt able to fire it of course but after having it in my hands and sliding it back and playing with it. i can say that as a law enforcement officer this is my new duty pistol. it has a much lighter and more stable feel to it than the XD and better grip than the glock. one thing i also loves about this gun was the mag release system. they have it on the trigger guard on both sides. making this awesome for one handed shoooting. no more moving that thumb to drop a mag. just slide ur trigger finger down a 1/2 inch and drop that mag. i cant wait to get it on the range. im getting the .40 of course. though i really wish they had it as a .45 , but .40 with some black talon rounds or even that new explosion round thing i saw. this gun is going to have alot of Depts begging to test it out and possibly get them .

    • pochos October 31, 2011, 10:39 am

      I just bought one to use for CCW my HKP30L is too large.

  • N.J.A.M. March 8, 2011, 7:47 pm

    that sounds very appetizing, one-tenth of an inch reset, that would be very nice. kinda like the quick action trigger for real, ey?
    but that is with that individual gun, the test/prototype gun, there will be some variation between all samples of the same gun, so i doubt that it is going to be like that out the box, probably will need to tweak this or that little thing to get the real one tenth reset. im not saying that it is just the same as other safety triggers (that what i call these things, not SA/DA or DAO) but i doubt every gun will have the same reset, springerfield says that the XDM 3.8 has a between 5-7.5 lbs trigger variance.

    so how can that be as consistant as every gun beiung one tenth ? im not dissing, nor naysaying, i just want to see it, if it is significantly shorter than most then they have accomplished something, if not, it is nothiung new, marketing hype, and tall tale advertising. only time will tell. im probably going to get one anyway, regardless of trigger, as i always wanted a p99 with the long first pull and short light pull thereafter.

  • R. Walther February 9, 2011, 11:01 pm

    My Walther pride flared when I saw, “this Smith & Wesson owned company.” Walther is still very much German-owned as a part of the holding company Umarex. Smith & Wesson is only the importer of Walther guns into the U.S., except for the current production of the PPK, which Walther licensed out to S&W for manufacture over here.

  • Mark Norcross, Redding, CA February 8, 2011, 3:29 am

    If it’s so quick to reset, why didn’t they call it the PDQ?

    • GrayFox February 17, 2011, 7:12 pm


      Man, are you quick with a gag or what?

      I fell off my chair when I read you comment

      Gum makers are so full of themselves with these names and designations from the
      marketing types. You remark sets them where they belong.

      I hope the gun is worth waiting for. I carried a German PPK in my field pants
      when I was in the Army in the 60s. I loved and still own it–somewhat worse for wear.

      The new trigger is an issue since virtually every small DAO auto has a lousy trigger. The XD and Sigs are
      also claiming short reset so we shall see…..

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