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The Best Affordable Pistol On The Market

walther-ppxBudget pistols come and go, with a wide variety of different weapons of varying quality claiming to be the next “budget wonder weapon.”

The problem, besides varying quality levels, is that often the pistols are foreign made, and finding accessories like magazines, holsters and spare parts is nearly impossible. Sure, your pistol is a great budget weapon, and it’s accurate, reliable and capable, but where do you get the necessary accessories?

Recently, though, a little company called Walther introduced its own line of budget pistols. Walther is probably most well-known for the PP, PPK, and PPK/s series of pistols that James Bond has used for the last four decades on the silver screen. They have also been producing some of the most innovative polymer frame pistols in the world, with classics like the concealable Walther PPS, the Walther P99, and Walther PPQ, the Walther PK380, and now the Walther PPX.

The Walther PPX is a semi-automatic handgun chambered in either 9 mm, or 40 Smith and Wesson. The pistol is advertised as a double action only weapon, and is a duty sized. It comes in blued, stainless steel, and blued with a threaded barrel. The Walther PPX comes with two magazines and is advertised as Walther’s new budget pistol. So what’s the budget? Right, that’s the important part. I paid $315 for the stainless steel version, with the threaded barrel variant going for the same, and the blued model going for as little as $289.99.

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Walther is also offering $100 worth of gear for the PPX for models purchased after April 2014. This includes a kydex holster, a dual magazine pouch and an extra magazine. All you have to pay is $9 for shipping and handling. Of course, all the free holsters in the world won’t make up for a crappy weapon, so let’s take a closer look.

I am happy to report the Walther PPX is an outstanding weapon. It is accurate, reliable, ergonomic and plenty capable. Those looking for a budget backup weapon would be hard-pressed to find something as high quality as the Walther PPX.

First off, the Walther PPX is incredibly ergonomic. The grip does feature a distinct hump which has drawn some criticism from the looks department. It’s not the most attractive feature, but the hump makes the grip very comfortable. The hump forces the user to grip the weapon high, and allows for a nice comfortable grip. The Walther PPX forgoes the standard Walther paddle mag release and goes with a more traditional push button magazine release.

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In terms of being concealable, the Walther is way too large for that. It is an excellent self-defense weapon, though, and makes for a wonderful home defense weapon. The weapon comes equipped with a standard Picatinny rail for the mounting of flashlights or lasers. The magazines are high quality and made from steel, and they run right in the mid-$20s apiece.

The PPX features a wonderful trigger. Although the PPX claims to be a double action only trigger weapon, the trigger is not what you expect from a double action only weapon. When I hear DAO, I imagine a long trigger pull, like the Sig P250. Not necessarily heavy or bad, just long. The first time I fired the weapon, I was surprised.

I also was surprised at how light the trigger was, and when it broke it genuinely surprised me. There is hardly any take-up, and the pull is very, very light. The reset is short and audible, and rapid fire with this weapon was very easy to accomplish. I adore the trigger, and as a target weapon the Walther PPX is spot-on. I honestly wouldn’t change a single thing with the trigger.

The light trigger adds to the accuracy of the weapon — and the weapon is already very accurate. The weapon comes equipped with large three dot sights that allow for rapid target acquisition and are very easy to line up. The large weapon handles the 9mm cartridge well, and offers an advantage when it comes to follow-up shots. In terms of accuracy I won’t explain my success but my wife’s.

My wife doesn’t mind guns, and occasionally shoots with me, but she does it to remain proficient, whereas I do it for fun. With the Walther PPX my wife was producing her tightest groups ever at 10 yards. She was knocking out the 10 ring in one circular hole, and then she moved to the 9, the 8 and the 7, knocking each number out for fun. She’s not a hardcore shooter and she’ll be splitting hairs with the PPX soon enough.

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The Walther PPX packs a punch, and with 16 9mms in the magazine there aren’t many fights it can’t win. When it comes to reloads, the PPX makes this extremely easy. It doesn’t just release the magazine; it ejects it. The magazine is shot out of the magazine well with a lot of force behind it. It is impressive, and even when the gun is held upside down the magazine flies out about halfway.

In terms of reliability, the pistol ate everything we’ve throw at it so far. We have used a variety of different loads, including the cheapo, dirty, Tula ammo. We threw heavy 147 grain subsonic 9mms, and even reduced recoil 115 grain loads. Of course, we used the standard 115 and 124 grain FMJ target loads. This gun ate it all without a single hiccup.

One of the reasons my wife loves the PPX is that it is incredibly easy to rack. She is a very petite woman, and traditionally doesn’t care for automatic pistols. She can rack most autos, but it takes a bit of effort. With the PPX she can rack it without a single ounce of effort. She feels much more confident with the PPX than a Glock or CZ.

The Walther PPX is a superb pistol, especially at a $300 or so price point. The weapon comes packed with features not commonly available on budget pistols. This pistol’s superior trigger, ergonomics, magazine quality, and accuracy made the Walther PPX the best budget pistol on the market. Plus, with Walther’s current promotion, it’s pretty hard to beat.

The Walther PPX allows those on a budget to have a quality firearm without spending a fortune.

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6 comments

  1. What perked my interest is the fact your wife found it easy to rack. My wife currently has a Sig P290Rs and while she loves the gun to death, she does struggle to rack the slide if she doesn’t get a good solid grip on it. The trigger pull is longer and the reset is longer than I like but it doesn’t bother her. Sneaky Pete makes a holster for it so that makes it easy to carry concealed even though it’s a larger frame.

  2. I recommend a Springfield Armory XD or XDM there very affordable and you get a lot of extra’s….

  3. Good article. Send more if you wish. Petty

  4. Walther PPX now comes with a Lifetime Warranty!

  5. its all fine and dandy till things get a little extreme – then comes the day you wont have a gun and need it and not have it . or it broke and you cant get parts – this is the day you may have wished to learn how to make a zip gun from the hommies in the local gangs down the street or online on you tube.com or should have taken that self defence class in regaurds to repelling street fights or knife attacks -this is the day you regret tossing out that old hardwood busted chair or table as the table or chair legs would have made the coolest “clubs” – or you tossed out those old used dull skillsaw or chop saw blades – when ya could have used them for knife billet blanks – on fixed blades –so advise learn how to fight really well or run really fast :} me i do the worst kinda shopping imaginable – i go for the cheapest used pices of junk i can find on the market exables of brand names and types – rock island armory 191145 -star model b-1911 9mm -pheonix arms 25s -cobra 38spl derringers -highpoint c9 9mm or 40 or 45 or super comanche single shot 45-410s -for shotguns i get junk like the old big 5 single shot 12 gauge or 20 goose guns with break open breaches and hammers -or the odd low end mossberg pumps or odd ball named pistol grip pumps -like escort or savage etc etc .if i get rifles there the beat to crap old “enflields ” or the turkish mausers -or the chinese mosign nagants – why do i get all the cheap crap the unrelyable undependable stuff hard to find parts and ammo for . – because unlike other preppers i live on a non existant budget -im worse off than on fixed income disability and retirement im forced to work under the table so that means i work twice as hard twice as long -for a third the pay . yes if i choose to i could go grab up some high dollar -stolen pistol rifle or shotgun off the treets for a steal on fence prices – but i risk jail time so i dont i remain legal and lawfull -something about not being able to smoke in jail and dealing with power tripping gaurds and gangers all day just makes jail life suck so i dont go backl lmao -anyways the way i buy these odd ball junkers -its a ritual – first -i dont take money out of my family budget the wife would go to jail for homicide if i did -so i -recycle and scrap and hustle and do side jobs and save money with coupons and gamble and other odd ways to generate a side income that doent afflict my family budget -in my travels i collect cardboard – bottles and cans and pallets -and news paper -business copying paper -scrap iron – car parts appliancs -electronic wastes like computers and printers and microwaves and vaccumes etc etc and shrink wrap and i cpollect all these discards with permission from those who toss them out and all these i slowly collect over the months into plastic truck bed liners set up in my yard so each load is a tryuck load avg about every three months i haul each batch in and i collect a little every day in my tracvels – not useing extra gass or wasting extra time looking from my day job -so aboiut every three months i have about $250-$300 extra dollars to play with -so what do i do with it -i catch up on bills – invest in preps like discarded books at library book sales places -i go to swap meets -garage -yard -moving -or rummage sales -or thrift shops or check local classifieds . and get all the gear i need used old school reliable -body armor – sports pads -bats -camp gear -extreme weather clothes and sleeping bags -rated- and bikes skate baoards -roller blades back packs and more books incase the internet frys some godforsaken day . i spend more on this than those cheap ass guns -but herss what i do when i buy one of those cheap crappy guns – 1. before i buy – i resrech the crap out of its pros and cons so i know the problems to expect when i buy one especially a used one – second i buy it used cheaper in price and on law away if possible-then when i do get it – i send it to a gun smith – to try to fix known problems – and then i try to go hunt down say maybe about 8 boxes of ammo total for each gun roughly avg about 100- 200 rounds then ill trick it out – the cheap crap by getting scopes from police evidenc autions – puting on some cigar sizeed flashlights -maybe a recoil pad or different grips or stocks – sharpoen the bayonettes :} lmao -and put slings and straps on em. – -this is the poor mans way to prep besides making your own or diy type stuff in this day and age in this economy -qand i souround myself with a group of like mindeds that trumnp self reliance and – back each other — this is how you do shit on minuim wage . or under employment -my gun collection may look like hammered shit -but they fire reliably -and are sighted in and where you can only afford one – i have about two or three im not a gun snob – im a realist – if a gun sends a round down range accurately –and removes serious criminal problems in my life – thats all i need im not picky :} lmao . if any desire to know how i prep – my trick is -cheap or free -or trade /hustle – and all my stuff is used but paid for /so pawnable i once bought a cr higgins used twelve gauge pump with recycle discrarded trash trade ins for cash . it took me 7 months last time i pawnd it i walked into a pawn shop walkd out with $100- had to pay $130 to retrieve it again – so i dont necisarily buy guns for sport or self defence but as pawn and trade investments i do the same with rings – without a bank account i can walk into a pawn shop – betwen paydays and get about five rings pawned for about $600 at once wuithout a job boss or paycheck or bank loan authorisation – all these ruings and guns i bought on lay away over time -all from the same places that assesed them to sell them to me on layaway so when i go to pay on lay away they know im regular and steady and relaiable in payments – i get goode things from them they acess the value of – when i buy i get there recupt and when i pawn i show them there recipt i boiught item for they give me almost half the pawn value insead of 1/.3 to 1/4 anyways – this is me and for each of my needs i set up redubndant support sub systems exampls food shelter water power transporation cimunication medical all have back up systems systems like for example transportation – i go from rvs down to trucks to motorcycles to bycycles to skateboards to hiking gear to boats – town buisses taxis and rental car accounts :} -if any are inetrerseted in ideas feel free to check my f/b page wasteland syndicate ltd – how its used go on facebook – find the page -like the page- go to photos – then to alblums -then to pictures in titles alblums then scan down particular pictures and then click on photos that interest you and educate your self on the blog comments – its a free page ran by me to help freinds survive and recover from homelessness or jobless ness and under employment

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