Walther’s Ultimate Race Gun: The Q5 Match Steel Frame – SHOT Show 2019

The Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame shown in the standard configuration.

When it comes to shooting competition, people look for whatever advantage they can find.  To that end, weight, while not something you want a lot of for a concealed carry gun, can be beneficial to competition. 

A heavier pistol tends to soak up recoil, letting your sights settle faster from shot to shot, giving you faster hits.  So why do I bring this up?  Because Walther listened and brought you a new offering for 2019, the Q5 Match Steel Frame.


  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Barrel Length: 5”
  • Trigger Pull: 5.6 lbs
  • Capacity: 15 rounds, 17rnds
  • Height: 5.4”
  • Width: 1.3”
  • MSRP: $1,499 Standard / $1,650 Pro

The new pistol is built around their award-winning PPQ platform.  The Q5 Match Steel Frame is designed for competition.  It achieves a heavier weight to help mitigate recoil by using all steel construction of both the slide and frame.  This gives the shooter a pistol approximately 1 pound heavier than the polymer-framed version.

Additionally, the pistol offers a number of features to help the competitive shooter.  One of which is their Quick Defense Trigger.  The trigger offers a clean 5.6-pound trigger pull over a mere .4” and with a very short reset of .1” for fast follow-up shots.

I found the Walther Quick Defense Trigger to be clean; it has a distinct reset.

Another great feature is the optics mounting platform.  By removing the cover plate on the side, you can easily swap in a number of different optic-compatible plates.  Allowing the user to mount a Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point Pro or a RMS.

Mounting plates are offered for the Trijicon RMR, RMS, and Leupold Delta Point Pro.

The Q5 Match Steel Frame pistol is offered in two configurations.  Both the Standard Version and the Pro Version.  The Standard version comes with (3) 15-round magazines while the Pro comes with (3) 17-round magazines (utilizing an extension base plate also offered separately) and an upgraded flared mag well.

The flared mag well of the Pro Version.

So how does the pistol shoot?  I had the opportunity to put some rounds through it at Range Day.  I will say it is nice.  For a striker-fired pistol the trigger is pretty clean.  That added weight of the all steel frame allows for a really soft shooting pistol.  Letting you get back on target very quickly.  While personally, I’m not a fan of lightening cuts going all the way through a slide, I do recognize their use on a competition gun, for both reducing the weight of the slide as well as allowing the barrel to cool faster.

If you are in the market for a competition-ready gun, the Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame may be worth taking a look at.  You can find more about the Q5 Match Steel Frame pistol here.

The Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame featuring the flared mag well of the Pro Version and equipped with a Delta Point Pro.

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About the author: Ivan Loomis has spent a lot of time outdoors, backpacking and camping as well as extensive international travel. Eventually, he landed in the Marine Corps in the late 90’s. After a hiatus from the service to race the Baja 1000 a couple times, he reenlisted with the Air Force. Departing that he wound up in a large metropolitan Police Department for a spell before landing in the Security Contracting world.One constant through these experiences was gear and weapons. Having spent time in a lot of environments and with the opportunity to field a lot of equipment, he’s grown fond of well-made gear.He now shares those experiences, adventures, and knowledge through contributing articles and videos to various publications, including his own site: www.kitbadger.com

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  • MADDOG November 7, 2020, 9:25 pm

    Would buy one in a Heartbeat if .45 ACP…………………..

  • Chad January 23, 2019, 10:32 pm

    Save yourself $900 and buy a canik tpsfx well worth it!!!!!

  • Tail Gunner January 23, 2019, 9:23 am

    Did they dig the pistol out of a sandbox to photograph it? The world needs another $1,400 9mm.

  • Bryan January 23, 2019, 6:21 am

    Obviously a very nice looking gun. I’m in the market for a new comp gun, I noticed the comment,” for a striker fired” trigger. Hard to get my hands on one but is the price tag worth it?

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