I purchased 2 new handguns earlier this year.
Walther PPQ in .40 S&W
IWI 941/ Baby Desert Eagle in .40 S&W
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.
Slide release (very easy to operate from firing grip for me)
Mag Release (I just prefer the standard style)
Comparative Recoil (Just not a gun I want to shoot all the time)
Ergonomics (Combo of the grip and the trigger shape)
Single Action Trigger Pull
Overall Build Quality (Just feels like a well built gun)
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?