If you haven’t ever picked up a Walther PPQ M2, you need to. The compact pistol fits in the hand like few other stock pistols model on the market. While it isn’t much to look at, the PPQ defines utilitarian ergonomics. From the aggressive serrations on the slide to the exaggerated curves of the grip, the new PPQs come with the fit and functionality you would expect from a highly modified GLOCK. And now the M2 line is getting a longer barrel for even better accuracy.
When I first shot the PPQ M2, my expectations were not terribly high. I’m a dedicated Walther fan, but I prefer the PPK to the PPQ. Or I did until I shot it. Accuracy was fantastic with the gun, and the negligible muzzle rise made for fast split times. Under seven yards, the PPQ was incredibly effective. It points almost as well as it aims, and the gun quickly became one of my favorites for concealed carry.
What if you want the same sort of performance, but with a more competitive sporting edge? How about a longer barrel and a ported slide? While the PPQ M2 seemed to have its sights firmly set on those in the market for compact 9mm, the new version seems more appropriate for competition. The ports on the barrel give it a sportier look, too. How does it perform? Too early to tell. We shot it at the range at the SHOT Show, but we didn’t get to do any holster work or practical drills. The standard PPQ M2s have been selling in the high $500s. The new version shouldn’t be much more. A combination of the two models will be available with a compact frame and a longer, threaded barrel. We’ll have one in for review, soon, and get the low-down.