This year, Walther unveiled a new pistol at SHOT Show 2013: the Walther PPX. It’s a hammer fired double stack pistol, chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W.
The design closely resembles the PPQ released two years prior. The sizes of both pistols are similar in dimension (the Walther PPX measures 7.3in long, 5.6in tall, and 1.3in wide compared to the PPQ’s 7.1in long by 5.3in tall, and 1.3in wide). Both models also carry 15+1 rounds of 9mm (PPX: 13+1 for .40, PPQ: 12+1).
The key difference between these Walther PPX and its precursor is the trigger. The PPQ was marketed as having a light pull (5.6lbs) with a short reset called the Quick Defense Trigger. The PPX has a double action only trigger; however, its double action is remarkable in how light the pull is: 6.2lbs.
According to Mark Thomas, Walther Arms’s Director of Marketing, the design goal behind the PPX is to provide an entry-level pistol option that was still a fully-featured (including accessory rail, bobbed hammer, front and rear cocking serrations, and a new American style ambi mag release) handgun. This rationale was in mind when determining the price point for the Walther PPX: ~$450 for the 9mm and ~$490 for the .40. If you don’t already own a polymer Walther, does that price point make the PPX a more attractive potential purchase?