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First Look: Walther Arms PPQ M2 Q4 TAC

First Look: Walther Arms PPQ M2 Q4 TAC

Following on the success of its PPQ M5 Match competition pistol, Walther Arms added a new model to its handgun lineup in 2017, bringing the Walther Arms PPQ M2 Q4 TAC to the market as a tactical option for pistol enthusiasts.

“The Q5 Match has been very popular, and we have had a lot of interest in a 4-inch more-tactical version," said Luke Thorkildsen, VP of marketing & product development of Walther Arms. "We are excited to combine a suppressor-ready and optics-ready pistol into a best-of-both-worlds platform.”

The Walther Arms PPQ M2 Q4 TAC pistol shares a number of features with the Q5 Match pistol, including the company's textured frame and a mounting-plate system located on the slide. The plate features Walther's LPA competition iron rear sight and can be removed easily to attach some of the market's popular red-dot sights, including models from Trijicon, Doctor and Leupold Optics. The handgun also features an LPA fiber-optic front sight that can be picked up easily in a variety of environments.

Instead of the competition trigger found on the Q5, the Q4 TAC features the company's PPQ Quick Defense trigger, which is more in-line with the gun's tactical design. The trigger, like many of Walther's pistol offerings, provides a crisp, clean pull that measures 5.6 pounds and provides owners with a short 0.4-inch trigger travel and a 0.1-inch reset that allows for rapid follow-up shots.

The heart of the Walther Arms PPQ M2 Q4 TAC is the company's 4.6-inch polygonal-rifled barrel. The gun is chambered in 9 mm and features a twist rate of 1:10 inches. In keeping with the pistol's tactical design, the barrel features 1/2x28 TPI muzzle threading that allows for the attachment of many popular sound suppressors in order to protect the shooter's hearing. To facilitate suppressor usage, the gun also ships with an extra recoil spring designed to ensure reliable cycling when fired with an attached sound suppressor.

Other features of the gun include an ambidextrous slide stop and a reversible magazine release, making it an option for both left- and right-handed shooters. The frame also features a standard Picatinny rail that allows for the attachment of lights and lasers. The slide, barrel and interior parts are all coated with Walther's matte Tenifer finish to resist corrosion.

The pistol measures 7.8 inches long, 5.3 inches high and 1.3 inches wide. The total weight of the Q4 TAC with an empty magazine is 26 ounces. With the mounting plate attached, iron-sight radius measures 6.1 inches. The Walther Arms PPQ M2 Q4 TAC ships with three magazines, two 17-round and one 15-round, and retails at a suggested price of $799.

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