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    I'm narrowing down my handgun search and I think the Walther PPQ is going to be the one. I really enjoy its feel and size/weight. I haven't had the pleasure of firing any rounds through it, but I am pleased and satisfied with the thoughts I've been getting about it. I understand that the trigger reset is very short, causing a double-tap of rounds for first-time users. I intend to get the handgun in 9mm to better facilitate becoming proficient without breaking the bank. Does anyone have any range time with this handgun and can offer any suggestions?
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    Saw some dude do well at 50m with a PPQ on uTube. Walther are a great make of Compact.. tidy accurate and reliable... Ive heard nothing to the contrary since, but admittedly have no range time on a PPQ.
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    I'm not familiar with the PPQ but I've heard good things about it. I'd personally prefer a .40 cal over a 9MM but that's a matter of opinion. I had a 9MM Star a long time ago & carried a Glock 23 (.40 cal) as an armed security officer. I wound up giving it to my son along with a Glock 21 .45 cal. Now that Wisconsin allows licensing for concealed carry as of last November I wish I had it back. He can keep the .45 but I'm not cheap enough to ask for the .40, lol. I now carry a S&W Sigma 40VE which is a Glock 23 clone but a lot cheaper. I loved my Glocks. I had absolutely no problem qualifying on it for my armed security license. I really haven't shot the Sigma enough to judge but so far it feels identical except for a stiffer trigger pull. That can be fixed by removing a spring in the trigger assembly but since it has no safety & it's not worse than a double action revolver I kind of like it. I've also heard good things about the M&P Shield, M&P 9 & 40. Shields are a new M&P product & are very hard to get due to the price & quality. Our local PD has gone from Glocks to M&P 40s. That says a lot for the pistol since they had no problems with Glock other than they were getting old. If I were to ever be able to afford one I'd get the M&P 40C, a compact pistol easier to conceal. I'm happy with the Sigma but since it was a lot cheaper than a Glock or most anything else I'm afraid of its durability although that model has been around since the 90s & is now discontinued. That's another reason why the price was so low. Many parts are interchangeable with the Shield & there are enough parts for it to last years. Many of those same parts are used in the M&Ps, another S&W product. More precisely the parts that would wear out like the stirker, magazine spring & recoil rod/spring.

    Try to get to a range & find out if they have any PPQs for rent & shoot a couple of boxes through it. Are you planning on using for concealed carry or just shooting? If it's for carrying, either open or concealed I'd advise getting a good holster & belt. That can make the difference between being able to conceal & draw smoothly. I'm not too worried about the gun printing through my clothes, especially t shirts in the summer because my state allows open carry so total concealment isn't required. I don't even consider getting an inside the waistband holster. In some states it's illegal to print so that should be a consideration.

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    Walther PPQ - YouTube

    Hickok45 running the PPQ. He is always fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    Try to get to a range & find out if they have any PPQs for rent & shoot a couple of boxes through it. Are you planning on using for concealed carry or just shooting? If it's for carrying, either open or concealed I'd advise getting a good holster & belt. That can make the difference between being able to conceal & draw smoothly. I'm not too worried about the gun printing through my clothes, especially t shirts in the summer because my state allows open carry so total concealment isn't required. I don't even consider getting an inside the waistband holster. In some states it's illegal to print so that should be a consideration. Good luck & good shooting. Having just about any firearm is better than none.
    I plan on carrying it concealed (as soon as time allows me to get the course knocked out + the LONG wait for approval thru TXDPS) but initially I'd like to just shoot it probably every other weekend. So far I've seen some really good prices for the 9mm here, I haven't checked out the .40 prices as of yet, although it'll probably just be a bit cheaper not too much. Thanks
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    Actually, the wait through TXDPS is not so much, especially as a veteran, once you get your course certificate and Live Scan fingerprints submitted.
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    I don't want to make you feel bad but I got my CCL 8 days after dropping it in the mailbox. In Wisconsin if you're a Veteran all you have to do is include a copy of your DD 214 in lieu of taking a class. Not that I think classes aren't good. Some think our classes should go further but the law was designed to make it easy to get a license. At first the law stated that classes had to be a minimum of 4 hours long but even that was dropped as long as the required subjects are covered. No range fire or qualification is necessary. I'm thinking about getting my CCL Instructor certification & make a few bucks. I think the average cost of CCL classes is $150. With the cost of the background check our licenses cost $50 so if you pass that all you've invested is about $200 unless you're a Vet. Our CCL law was passed last November & we're up to over 200,000 licensees already, a little less than what was hoped for but still good. To open carry in WI a license isn't required.

    I carry my .40 cal almost everywhere I go where it's legal. Since I take my grandson to school in the morning I don't carry. Having a firearm on school property is a felony in WI so I can't carry until I get home. I conceal well especially with the heavier clothing we have to wear in fall but I don't want to take that chance.
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    Walther's have the name of reliability and conceal ability which should make them popular in state of Wisconsin. Sounds like your laws are pro gun Top which in an US state just means the good guys can carry aswell as the bad guys. Personally, if I moved to the US, I would favour a state that allows CCW.... That said, for a civilian like myself, there should always be better ways then using lethal force in a confrontation of any sort... however, as the old saying goes, "better to have a gun and not need it, then need a gun and not have it"... IMHO... and anyway, who doesn't like range practice??... one of the best parts of military training for me....
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    The nice thing about having a CCL besides self defense is to be able to go to the range while wearing it instead of having it encased & out of reach while driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Glenn View Post
    The nice thing about having a CCL besides self defense is to be able to go to the range while wearing it instead of having it encased & out of reach while driving.
    Roger that Top, I would surely get one for that reason alone... I have to say, I do miss the range....
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