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.