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.
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.
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.
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.