SIG Sauer SMG – the gun I would have designed if I designed guns for fun and profit.
The new gun is basically the same size and shape as the old, but re-textured and slightly re-shaped on every surface (apparently their engineering team thought it would look awesome to cross a HK P30 with a Hi-Point C9), and now has a GLOCK-style trigger & action. The G19 was previously my favorite mid-sized handgun, and the PPQ fixes everything I didn’t like about the GLOCK ergonomics.
So I sold the G19 and bought the first PPQ I found on GunBroker.
The only trouble is, Walther apparently isn’t yet selling new PPQ magazines, and it comes with only two. Each holds 15 rounds, and 30 rounds is never enough! Rumor on the intarwebs is that the current-gen P99 magazines fit the PPQ, (and the PPQ magazine body is stamped “P99 9mm”) but those retail for $45, and that’s darn expensive.
So I bought two, and took ’em out to compare. In the pics, the P99 magazine is matt with an orange follower, while the MR magazine is gloss with a black follower:
Confirmed! The “MR Eagle ‘Fast Action’ 9mm 15-Round Magazine” is fully interchangeable with the PPQ.
And it’s kinda cool to have Magnum Research branded magazines. I’ve always liked the Eagle logo.
The local shooting range, Cal Ranch, and some firearm manufacturers partnered up and hosted a Free Demo Shoot. Good times were had by all.
I tried out:
Walther PPQ: My personal favorite for the day. Big changes from the original P99, and the trigger and grip feel quite different. The P99’s trigger would really irritate my finger, but this one is nice and smooth, with crisp reset. I think I need one.
Walther PK380: Pleasantly surprised by this one, too. Recoil was pleasant, and it is a good size and shape. The lack of slide stop takes some getting used to – you have to slingshot the slide after loading, but some people do that anyway. Couldn’t tell where I was shooting with it. My wife liked this gun the most: just the right size, easy to shoot, but it failed to feed a couple times. Either it was too dirty already, or she was limp wristing it. She thought it “rattles too much” when she shakes it, though.
Walther PPS 9mm: Also pleasant to shoot, although it is so flat, it feels funny in the hand. I liked it; wife thought it was too rough or something.
S&W M&P Compact 9mm: Felt like holding a giant tube of toothpaste.
Springfield XD / XDM: Still don’t like ’em, but I dislike the XDM less than the XD. Wife thought they were too top-heavy and large, although she likes that the compacts can use full-size magazines with a spacer to make it feel like a full-size grip.
Ruger SR9c: The wife’s other favorite. She really liked the grip shape and texture, and shot it accurately. She liked that the smaller magazine has a finger extension, making it fit her hand perfect, and the full-size magazine with gap cover thing felt good to her too. I didn’t try shooting it. I don’t like all the nanny-CA-state stuff on it.
She also shot the Ruger LCP 9mm and didn’t like it for some reason. Too skinny maybe.
Springfield EMP 9mm: I like it! I much prefer it to the full-size 1911 in 9mm. Recoil was pleasant, and I was accurate with it.
Ruger Gunsight Scout: Nice! Easy to shoot clays at 75 yards with using the iron sights (The Ruger demo bay was on the 75 yard line with pistol targets up around 7 yards). I’ll get one when CDNN has ’em for $400 or so.
S&W 22A: Hadn’t shot one since mine broke a long time ago, but I could still shoot a ragged hole with it.
Walther P22: Failed to feed 3 times in a single magazine; wouldn’t shoot where I was aiming. Bad gun, no buy!
I just remembered they also had a S&W 1911 in 9mm I wanted to try but didn’t. Remington was there, but with only rifles, not their 1911. Browning was nowhere to be seen. Taurus had some revolvers and semi-autos, but we weren’t much interested in those.
Free guns are the best kind! Too bad we couldn’t take ’em home.