When colder weather rolls in, it’s time to wear a holster under a jacket. Also, I switch from a smaller carry gun to a more robust one. This year, I’ve chosen to train with and carry Walther’s newly released PPQ M2 in .40 caliber, with a 4.1-inch barrel.
If you’re a James Bond fan, you’ll know that he carries a Walther PPK in a shoulder holster in several movies. In fact, he ditched his “lady gun,” a .25 Beretta auto in the movie “Dr. No,” and began trusting a Walther PPK in .32 ACP. However, Bond has shown the love to several gun manufacturers – many of which advertise with The WON – like Colt, Smith & Wesson, and of course, Beretta (in other calibers and models). Bond also carried a Walther P99.
The PPQ M2 is a cousin to the Bond family of defense guns, in the family of P99s, but intentionally designed for the carry market and for those of us who like some of GLOCK’s features, but might prefer a smoother trigger and slimmer grip.
A redesign of the original PPQ, which featured a 2-sided paddle on the bottom of the trigger guard as its release, the new magazine release on the polymer-framed, striker-fire PPQ M2 appears in a standard side location on both sides. Yes, it’s for ambidextrous use. Lefties of the world can thank Walther for this move. It kept the take-down system and bilateral slide lock of the P99.
The gun is chambered in 9 mm and .40 S&W.
Why I like my PPQ M2
After cleaning my new PPQ M2, I took it to the range and shot tight-enough groups (It’s not about me as a shooter, but it’s about the gun’s performance.), on target, immediately out of the box at 10 and then 15 and then 25 yards. Incredible. Since that first time on the range, I’ve set up drills for concealed carry scenarios – including shooting multiple targets at 10 yards and moving – and begun to carry this gun comfortably, thanks to a BladeTech holster and the Sophia, made by Flashbang Holsters. I also feel comfortable carrying it when I jog country roads, thanks to a Pistolwear holster, made for active carry.
Just a note about the cleaning. It’s like cleaning a GLOCK. It’s an easy disassembly process, and doesn’t involve multiple parts. So far, after a few hundred rounds through the gun, I have not seen any wear on the gun at all. I am shooting reloads for training, and carry Winchester PDX for real.
For me, after training with a gun, I want to feel the confidence that comes with knowing if I should have to pull it, I can trust it to hit the target. I feel I can trust the Walther PPQ M2.
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