Walther Q5 Match SF *WITH ADJUSTABLE TRIGGER SYSTEM* - MIND BLOWN !
I just experienced something pretty unusual this past weekend at the IWA trade show in Germany. I had some lukewarm comments about this pistol when I was handling it for the first time in Las Vegas back in January at the SHOT Show. Even back in Vegas, I absolutely loved the fit and finish I was very impressed by the ergos but the trigger to me was just 'ok'. It wasn't bad but any means, and it was definitely better than most other striker fired pistols out there but it still had that dreaded "striker feel" especially on the take up, with some stacking that I was not too crazy about it when comparing to a well-tuned firearm that was hammer fired.
My experience on SAT at the IWA show in Nurnberg was truly mind-boggling:
I'm walking by the Walther booth and I'm thinking *maybe I should give this gun another look* as a quite a few readers were on my back after me voicing not being very impressed with the trigger back in January. I stopped by and the Walther sales rep rep. (actually happened to be a pretty cool guy - Walther USA director of marketing) was poking some fun at me for wearing Smith & Wesson cap and told me that I should be wearing a Walther hat and promptly offered me one. At that time I did not know yet that it was going to be a pretty expensive frikkin' hat.
He handed me over the Q5 Match Steel Frame with their brand new adjustable trigger system installed that they did not have in Las Vegas. You know that it is often times very difficult to describe how things 'feel' but this was just something I completely did not expect. Not only is this trigger is the most incredible striker fired gun trigger I have ever experienced - it will rival ANY DAY a well-tuned hammer fired pistol trigger feel (and I have a few Pardinis, P210s, SIG X-pistols and well tuned CZs in my bunch)
To be perfectly honest I am a *certified trigger prima donna*. You will be probably shocked when I tell you that this trigger felt better than any of my tuned SIG P226s or even my CZ Shadow 2 (Yes it did!!). There is absolutely zero stacking or creep and the brake was as clean as my SAO X6 Supermatch, German or US SIG P210s or Pardini GT9. There's no stacking or creep on the take up at all. The break is super clean. Over-travel is non-existent and the reset is lightning fast.
If someone handed this gun over to you and you would close your eyes, you would be betting thousands that this is not a striker fired gun.
Although it bumps the price by additional 250 or 300 bucks, this trigger is a game changer and I heard that you can also buy it separately in the future and put it in your polymer Q5 or any PPQ. Well, you might be thinking that it will just increase the price of your base PPQ gun by 50%, ....but let me tell you - this will be the best money you will spend and a pistol upgrade in a long long time.
So now you can see how this was an expensive baseball hat that I just received
I was going from "There is no way I would buy this pistol" 2 months ago to "I absolutely must have it".
While I continue to prefer hammer fired pistols in general, one of the reasons that I want to buy this pistol is because I think it's revolutionary and a breakthrough in the 'striker fired pistols world'. I guarantee you have never felt anything like that and if you get an opportunity to try this pistol with this new trigger system, I think you will be just as impressed as I was. When you purchase this version of the Q5SF with this new trigger system, the gun will come with three different trigger shoes that you can swap as well as a spring kit with which you can tune the pistol further.
Considering that there is no double action on the first shot it could be a nice benefit in competition circles (not sure if the trigger is approved yet, but that is for another discussion)
PS: this thing was so impressive that I had to return to the Booth 4 times to play with my *future gun* LOL.!
I have no idea how they pulled this off! I have seen a lot of cool things at the IWA show this year, but this was for sure one of the highlights. I am buying this gat with this trigger the day it becomes available.