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Old November 22, 2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Walther PPQ vs Walther PPQ M2

What is the difference between these two?
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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mag release

the PPQ classic has the mag release on the trigger guard the M2 has a button release.
You can not use M2 magazines in the Classis
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Old November 22, 2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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You can not use M2 magazines in the Classis
Allow me to offer a little more info.

The paddle-release PPQ "M1" or "Classic" (more on this in a minute...) uses the same magazine as the P99, Smith & Wesson SW99, and Magnum Research MR Eagle; the latter two pistols are license-built clones of the first. These magazines have a single notch on the RH side of the mag body, close to the top.

The button-release PPQ M2 mag has a pair of symmetrical notches located further down on the mag body, and a rollmark reading "M SERIES".

The two mag types are not interchangeable, and no, you can't grind a second notch in a paddle-release mag and use it in an M2; the vertical positioning of the notches is too dissimilar.

For more info, refer to Page 15 of the M2 manual:

http://www.waltherarms.com/resources...ries%20USA.pdf

Re: M1 vs. Classic... both terms seems to have originated within the shooting public and/or gun press after the M2 was released, as with the use of "Mark I" to refer to the Ruger pistol originally sold as the "Standard" until it was replaced by the Mark II. Quite a few gun shops and websites have started referring to the initial PPQ model as the "M1"; however, Walther is apparently now using the term "M1" to refer to the PPX and the term "Classic" to refer to the paddle-release PPQ. YMMV.
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Old November 22, 2013, 08:42 PM   #4
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do you recommend PPQ or PPQ M2? and if so why?
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Old November 22, 2013, 09:17 PM   #5
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I much prefer the PPQ (classic) if for no other reason than magazine availability.

I also think the design just works better that way. The M2 looks silly with the american style magazine release. Walther has been using the paddle design with success for a long time. It's a good design.
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Old November 22, 2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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But do they still make PPQ (classic)?
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Old November 22, 2013, 09:58 PM   #7
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They do, but they're about impossible to find in the US at the moment. From what I understand they are supposed to be available again soon. Not sure on the details or when 'soon' is.

I'm hoping to pick one up once those are available.
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