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Walther PPQ 45 Walther PPQ 45
Walther PPQ 45 Walther PPQ 45
  • Excellent trigger
  • Great accuracy
  • Higher bore axis
Editor’s Note:

Walther took their renowned PPQ design and combined it with the classic American .45 ACP caliber to produce an accurate pistol with minimal recoil and excellent ergonomics. The PPQ 45 has a magazine capacity of 12 rounds and also features Walther’s famous quick defense trigger. An ambidextrous slide stop and reversible magazine release ensure it is a great fit for both lefties and righties. The result is a user-friendly, reliable handgun with top-notch accuracy and reliability.

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Walther PPQ 45 Specs

Barrel Length
4.2 in
Magazine Capacity
45 ACP
Overall Length
7.4 in
5.8 in
28 oz

Walther PPQ 45 Features

12 round magazine capacity
4.25" barrel
Ambidextrous slide release
Reversible button magazine release
Quick Defense Trigger

By The Numbers - Walther PPQ 45

The inherent accuracy of the platform combined with an amazing trigger yield great groups.
These guns reliably feed just about any type of .45 ACP ammo without complaint.
There is an accessory rail, and sights can be changed out, but most other customization options are limited.
The grip shape is amazing, but the texture is not quite aggressive enough. The controls are laid out superbly and the gun is easy to manipulate and handle.
The PPQ 45 is an amazing alternative to other more conventional .45 ACP guns like the 1911. Outstanding accuracy, reliability, and a good trigger make this a great choice.

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Walther PPQ 45 Variations & Comparables

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FNX-45 Tactical

FNX-45 Tactical


The FNX 45T is admittedly a pretty niche gun. It really only makes sense if you plan on-duty use or range fun. Other than that, it’s too large to conceal for most and not the best suited for competition. Long story short, it’s duty-sized and heavy weighing in at 33 ounces unloaded. It features a stainless-steel slide assembly and measures 8.6-inches in total length! Furthermore, it stands 6.5-inches tall with a width of 1.5-inches.  “The FNX 45 Tactical was built for duty, and it excels in just that. Whether suppressed or unsuppressed, it shoots like a 9mm with all the cool factor of .45 ACP in just as many rounds. It’s completely modern by 2021 standards, making it all the more impressive when considering it launched in 2012. If you’re looking for a full-size, heavy gun that you can run a red dot and suppressor with all in .45 ACP…this is a decent option.” – Justin Chang


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The HK USP (Universal Service Pistol) was created to be an ultra-reliable and durable handgun for military and law enforcement use. It has since been adopted by nations around the world and has earned a reputation as one of the toughest pistols on the planet. The .45 ACP version features a 4.41-inch polygonal rifled barrel, 12+1 capacity, a hostile environment corrosion-resistant blued finish, an ambi paddle mag release, and a reinforced polymer frame. A patented recoil reduction system not only helps cut down on felt recoil, but these guns are strong enough to safely fire .45 Super without any modifications. The end result is a DA/SA hammer fired pistol that is primed to take on the toughest of tasks, even 30 years after its initial development.

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final verdict

For those who love the .45 ACP cartridge but want to stray away from 1911s, the PPQ 45 is worth a look. As with almost all Walther guns, you get superior ergonomics, an amazing trigger with a short reset, excellent build quality, and an accurate firearm. Reliability is great, and a 12-round capacity gives you a leg up over the venerable single-stack 1911. While the bore axis is a bit higher than I’d like, the gun shoots well and is easy to shoot fast. If you want a duty-ready gun in .45 ACP that is a bit more modern without being overly bulky, this is your ticket.

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