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Old 10-07-2012, 11:36   #1
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At last, got a chance to shoot two "new" guns.

I purchased 2 new handguns earlier this year.

Walther PPQ in .40 S&W

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IWI 941/ Baby Desert Eagle in .40 S&W

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I just had a chance to shoot both for the first time last Wednesday.

Basic impressions were a little different than I expected. Thinking since the PPQ is a very new design (even beyond the P99 design) and the 941 being more of a old design I assumed the PPQ would be turn out to be my favorite of the two. I was incorrect.

The PPQ is certainly a great handgun. Ergonomics are second to none in double stack handguns of poly design IMO. The trigger is great and the reset is very nice on the PPQ. Reliability was perfect and accuracy was great as well. Recoil was stout in the PPQ, not uncontrollable at all but stout none the less. The gun would be a joy to CCW I think.

The 941 is a great handgun as well. All metal, hammer and double action it is much more "old school" than the PPQ. The double action trigger pull is good and the single action is great. I really love the shape of the trigger, fits very well when holding the gun. Accuracy was as good as the PPQ and reliability was perfect as well. Recoil was much less stout than on the PPQ for obvious reasons. If I was going to put 500 rounds thru either gun it would clearly be the 941. CCW would be doable but the weight would make it slightly tougher than the PPQ.

So overall:

PPQ Pros:
Trigger reset
Ergonomics
Reliability
Accuracy
Build Quality
Slide release (very easy to operate from firing grip for me)
Finish

PPQ Cons:
Mag Release (I just prefer the standard style)
Comparative Recoil (Just not a gun I want to shoot all the time)


941 Pros:
Shoot-ability
Ergonomics (Combo of the grip and the trigger shape)
Single Action Trigger Pull
Overall Build Quality (Just feels like a well built gun)


941 Cons:
Slide mounted safety (all safeties should be frame mounted!)
Magazines (In 30 years of shooting I have never had mags so hard to fully load )

All in all both are great guns, I slightly prefer the 941 overall but the PPQ is a quality handgun no doubt. If I keep only one (and that might be the case) then it will be the 941.

Anyone else have any experience to share about these two models?

Thanks.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:47   #2
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Good write up.

That Walther looks like a Hi-Point with make up on.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:50   #3
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Very nice Ruggles

Thanks for the review.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:53   #4
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"That Walther looks like a Hi-Point with make up on. "

Holy crap you are right, it does

"Very nice Ruggles

Thanks for the review."


Thanks, funny how many times I buy guns and then don't shoot them for months. Currently I only have one "un-shot" firearm, An AR15 but I think I will resolve that next week.

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Old 10-07-2012, 11:54   #5
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I have a 941 in 9mm,

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(picture created during the artist's "blue" period) seen with a Bulgarian Makarov

And I think it is a great pistol for what it is. Ther were some sold in this Country with frame safeties, ala CZ 75, and I would love to find one. mine is extremely accurate across a range of loads. The trigger, after some use, rivals it's direct ancestor the CZ 75 with the weight and the full length dustcover it is a great gun to "shoot fast".

Unfortunately, as you can see in the pic, the Bubba that had it before me decided that an adjustable rear sight would take advantage of the accuracy better. He did not replace the front with a corrospondingly higher than factory sight. As a consequence it shoots great groups at 25yds, just 18" high. (hold at the crotch for COM) and has an estimated 265yd actual zero. I tried it at 200 and it was still high by a few inches.

With the changes in the company trying to track down an original sight has become difficult but I have promised myself to do something this winter.

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Old 10-07-2012, 15:36   #6
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At last, got a chance to shoot two "new" guns.

Thanks - nice well written informative review.


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