The new Walther PPX was on display at the NASGW Expo, and regular readers of this site have probably already seen some of the photos of the pistol. Here are some more details on the gun and some of my observations.
The new PPX will be available in 9mm and .40 S&W. The 9mm version will hold 16 rounds in the magazine. Alternatively, the .40 S&W will pack 14 rounds into the mag. Either way, you should have an adequate amount of felon repellant should it be needed.
When swapping magazines, the shooter will use a conventional push-button style magazine release, not the lever/paddle type found on some other models of Walther pistols. The mag release button is reversible for left-handed shooters.
Walther reps called the trigger pull on the PPX a “constant action” system. As I understand it, it is not a true double action pull, but rather a “prepped” pull with a relatively short, and perceptible reset. The system is hammer fired, not striker fired. A recessed and bobbed hammer can be seen at the rear of the slide.
The sights on the PPX were standard three-dot. At this time, there are no night-sights available or planned for the gun.
The Walther PPX has a Picatinny-style accessory rail forward of the trigger guard.
The overall shape seemed a bit blocky, and vaguely resembled a Hi Point pistol. I suppose the PPX is much more closely designed like the Walther PPQ, but I do not find the gun to be sleek or attractive. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you are welcome to disagree. Certainly, the PPX’s grip and control placement follows the PPQ design mold.
Two versions of the gun will be made: all black and one duo-tone. The duo-tone will have a black frame and a stainless slide. Both versions can be had in either caliber. MSRP for the all black is $499 and $549 for the duo-tone.
The Walther rep advised an additional version of the PPX would be released. This version would come with an extended and threaded barrel for the easy installation of a sound suppressor. Side note: How popular are suppressors becoming for Walther to make a threaded barrel option for each of their new guns?
The sales staff at Walther were helpful, but busy with buyers. As the NASGW Expo is primarily designed to bring manufacturers and distributors together, they did not have any media materials on hand. My time was limited with the pistol, so I was not able to break it down and give you greater insight to the gun. However, it will be at the 2013 SHOT Show, and so will we.
I was able to give everyone a sneak peak at the Walther PPX back in November when I was at the 2012 NASGW Expo. Now, Walther has officially pulled back the covers and is proudly showing their new duty-sized pistol.
Before we go any farther, I best address the obvious: the gun’s look is polarizing. Some people like it…others think it is an abomination. Seeing it in person, well, it doesn’t look much better than the photos. But, it does feel pretty good in the hand. At the end of the day, how it shoots is much more important than how it looks, right? Who’s with me?
The Walther PPX is a polymer-framed gun, but is hammer fired, not striker fired. Most polymer guns are sporting a striker system, so this is a bit of a departure. The good news is the trigger pull is consistent, with about a 6.5 pound pull each time. When I was at the NASGW, the rep I spoke with described the action as being “kind of” pre-loaded, so the pull will always be light. The proof, though, is on the range. Hopefully, I’ll get a crack at one of these in the near future.
Thankfully, the magazine release is a traditional push button release. I know many people profess to like the other lever-style releases that Walther has on other pistols, but I much prefer the push button style. The magazine release on the PPX is described as ambidextrous, so southpaws get an equal shot at it.
However, in a Walther press release, the magazine release is described as reversible, not ambidextrous. Looking at the photos, it would appear that the mag release is swappable, not ambi. So, some work may need to be done to make it work for you.
The first models will be available in 9mm and .40 S&W. When I spoke with the Walther rep about additional calibers, like .45 ACP, he seemed very non-commital. So, I would not plan on seeing a .45 in the near future.
There will be five initial models: three 9mm versions and two .40 S&W versions. All versions will have black, polymer frames. One 9mm and one .40 will have a black finished slide, while one 9mm and one .40 will have a stainless finished slide.
The fifth gun will be in 9mm, will have a black slide, but will also have an extended, threaded barrel. This version is called the “SD”. All barrel lengths are 4″, with the exception of the SD. That barrel will be 4.6″ long.
Magazine capacity is 16 for the 9mm and 14 for the .40 S&W. Low-capacity ten-round magazines will be available for people living behind the iron curtains of the less-free states. Total weight on the standard guns is given by Walther as 1.7 pounds with an unloaded magazine. That works out to be a little more than 27 ounces.
I should be able to get more information on the Walther PPX this week at the SHOT Show. Walther is listed as an exhibitor at Media Day, so hopefully I will get some trigger time with this gun then.
MSRP is listed as $449 – $499 depending on the model. A link to the Walther PPX owner’s manual is here.
The Walther PPX is a new gun being introduced at the 2012 NASGW Expo this week. The new pistol is a polymer frame, hammer fired handgun. Right now we have limited information on the new gun, but here are some of the things we know.
The magazine release is frame mounted and reversible, suggesting a conventional push button release instead of the lever-style found on Walther pistols like the P99, PPS and P22 models.
The Walther PPX will also have a loaded chamber viewport, which could be very similar to the ones found on the Smith & Wesson M&P pistols. Even though the relationship between S&W and Walther is winding down, there is likely still some sharing of ideas and technology.
The new PPX is said to have a consistant trigger pull, suggesting a DAO (double action only) gun. The gun is not a striker fired pistol: it is hammer fired.
Right now, I do not have information on the size of this pistol. It could be a “duty” sized gun, or something more compact. However, the PPX is supposed to have a Picatinny rail. While compact guns can definitely have an accessory rail, a subcompact gun generally cannot.
We’ll be at the Walther booth during the next couple of days, so expect to get more information on and photos of the new Walther PPX pistol.