New Walther on the horizon! What do you think it'll be?

What do you think the new Walther pistol will be?

  • Optics Ready PPQ (not steel frame)

    Votes: 6 42.9%
  • Optics Ready compact Walther

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • A generational leap forward (fully modular backstrap, scales, optics ready, etc.)

    Votes: 8 57.1%

  • Total voters

Matt Landfair

Matt Six Actual
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If you have one on hand would you test the trigger for me? Unloaded of course. Put the gun out of battery and pull the trigger. Does it fire after it’s back in battery and the trigger is pulled again or does the slide need to be racked?
I pressed and held the trigger while out of battery and closed the slide. Released the trigger and pressed while in battery and it "fired"




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Looks like they released all their embargoes early since the word’s out:


It should be stressed that the Walther PDP is a holistic family, not just a series of individual pistols. This has quickly become a trend in new pistol releases, as manufacturers work to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for modularity and leave their flagship lines available for upgrades as technology and market trends allow. At the time of writing, there are two frame sizes available: compact and full-size. The initial launch starts with 4-inch barreled compact frame and 4.5-inch full-size frame models seen here. Follow-on releases will include a 5-inch barreled compact model as well as both 4- and 4.5-inch full-size variants. Upper and lower halves are completely swappable across both frame sizes, leaving the door wide open for Walther or the aftermarket to create nested-comp pistols that have also taken off like wildfire in recent years.

Speaking of the aftermarket, certain parts of the Walther PDP are backward compatible with the PPQ M2, meaning there’s already a baseline of accessories available. The full list includes 19 individual PPQ parts compatible with one or both versions of the PDP, but the most relevant are barrels, magazines, and recoil assemblies. Size restrictions do apply, as the 15-round PPQ magazines are only compatible with compact frame PDPs. The full-size Walther PDP frame offers an eyebrow-raising 18+1 rounds on tap, making the grip too long to accommodate shorter PPQ mags. The 4-inch PPQ M2 barrel will fit in both frame sizes, but only when mated to 4-inch slides. And so on.

This gives the 4-inch compact-frame Walther PDP a slight edge in customization, since it can accommodate threaded barrels, comps, magazine extensions, and recoil assemblies from the PPQ all from the get-go. As icing on the cake, all PDP slides utilize Glock-pattern dovetails for their iron sights, allowing for an N+1 selection of non-optic sights.

For all its accommodations for cross-compatibility, there are some features of the Walther PDP that are decidedly new and unique for Walther, and we’re glad they are. The first and most notable is the trigger. The bang switch on the PDP is a new, proprietary unit they’re calling the Performance Duty Trigger, or PDT. (Putting the Performance Duty Trigger in the Performance Duty Pistol is an excellent example of German-inspired creativity and free spirit.) Naming conventions aside, the PDT is quite possibly the single best factory trigger on a striker gun we’ve ever laid hands on. The trigger on our sample gun has about a half-inch of clean, gliding take-up before hitting a brick wall that breaks consistently at 4 pounds, 4 ounces on our digital gauge. There’s zero overtravel since the back of the trigger shoe hits the frame at its breaking point. Reset is crisp, loud, and tactile with a couple of millimeters of travel.

Walther will be providing factory plates for RMR, DeltaPoint Pro, and Vortex pattern optics. But they’re also working with C&H Precision to make aftermarket plates available for the Aimpoint ACRO/Holosun 509T and RMRcc, as well as the RMR/ SRO/507/508 and Vortex.

$649 MSRP for all models.

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