First Look – Walther PPQ Q5 Match Steel Frame Pistol

YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video first look at the new Walther PPQ Q5 Match Steel Frame.

Maddy_AR of GBGuns with the Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame. Photo by Graham Baates
Maddy_AR of GBGuns with the Walther Q5 Match Steel Frame. Photo by Graham Baates

USA – -( #GripandTrigger swept over the polymer-frame, striker-fired community as the Walther PPQ grew in popularity.  5″-barreled target models began making their way to competition stages and then Walther released the Q5 Match with an optics-ready platform, lightening cuts in the slide, and a signature blue trigger.  Serving as a flagship and pinnacle model the Q5 Match has been popular, but Walther wanted to take things a step further.  Kept under tight secrecy until just months before official announcement in the US, the Q5 Match Steel Frame (SF) has arrived.

Rather than simply machine an aluminum or steel copy of the polymer frame Walther’s engineers took things a step further and created what in this author’s eye is nothing short of art.  Dozens of complex cuts, bevels, and transitions have been modeled into a piece of steel that fits the hand more comfortably than many polymer frames.  Why steel?  Weight.  Using steel offers a heavy frame to minimize recoil and steady more easily in the hand at speed.  The Q5 Match SF is designed with competitive shooting in mind.

Get a closer look at Walther’s new flagship in the video below:

Those already familiar with the Q5 Match wanting to know just what the major differences are between the polymer and steel frame models are will find the following video particularly useful.  It is different enough to get its own manual though anyone familiar enough with pistols to be considering one won’t find anything foreign about operations.

Yes, this is only the tabletop portion of the review.  Shooting impressions will be completely shortly.  Specification were just made publicly available.  Model 2830418 is shown in the video.


  • All Steel Construction
  • Quick Defense Trigger
  • Optics Mounting Plate
  • Extended Frame Rails
  • Push Button Style Magazine Release
  • Walther Signature Ergonomics
  • Ported Slide
  • Model:                             2830001    2830418
  • Caliber:                             9mm         9mm
  • Finish:                             Tenifer       Tenifer
  • Magazines Included:        3                 3
  • Barrel: (Length – Twist)    5″ – 1/10    5″ – 1/10
  • Trigger Pull:                     5.6 lbs        5.6 lbs
  • Capacity:                         15 rds        17 rds
  • Overall Length:                8.7″            8.7″
  • Height:                             5.4″            5.9″
  • Width:                              1.3″           1.3″
  • Sight Radius:                   7.2″           7.2″
  • Weight (empty mag):       41.6 oz     42.3 oz

On the range we plan to film slow-motion comparison of the steel and polymer frames against one another to see how much the added weight quickens the return to ready during rapid fire.  We’ll also shoot for groups using Nosler 124gr Match ammunition.  This pistol may not have been intended for defense or casual range use, but could end up being used that way.

We’d like to know if you’re interested in seeing our, “What’s For Dinner?” load compatibility test.  For those not familiar with that test we run a large variety of loads through the gun to see if it’ll feed from slide lock, generate enough energy to cycle the action and feed the next round, and then a third round is fired to reduce variables.  This test in 9mm typically includes loads ranging in projectile weight from 65gr up to 165gr.  Brass, nickel-plated, steel, and aluminum cases are included as well as a variety of ball, hollow point, and flat-nosed rounds.  The intent is to see which rounds a gun will or will not run with.  Let us know in the comment below if you’d like to see that included.

Here’s a short slow-motion clip showing the difference between the polymer and steel frames during rapid fire.

About Graham BaatesG B Guns

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the local 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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Joe Wegrzyn

We’d like to know if you’re interested in seeing our, “What’s For Dinner?” load compatibility test.
Absolutely. It would be a great help for shooting Bullseye matches with the Q5 poly.

Kim Hagge

Would be interested in seeing your What’s for Dinner test. That new Q5 Match Pro in steel is a work of art. Beautiful Gun!!


can you explain how I can change the Q5 steel frame to utilize the poly magazines?

Tony J Barile

I would like to see a comparison of all ammo and how it shoots and comparison for accuracy. In 9mm in the PPQ.

James Boyd

I’ve been holding off buying a PPQ-M2 in .45 awaiting a 5″ target version any rumors ?
PS the 5″ .22 lr is useless as a target gun. Can’t get any kind of group with mine!

Old Rogue

@JAMES Boyd ~ There is a 4″ version of the PPQ Q5 already available in Europe, the PPQ Q4.
I cannot imagine it won’t cross the Atlantic sometime this year.

Jim Boyd

I talked my friend into a Q-5 two months ago . That damned thing out shoots my 5″
PPQ very easily . Revenge is sweet but what’s the cost ?


It is 1,500 dollars


Has anyone mentioned . . . it is 1,500 dollars?


Sweet that just means everyone won’t have one.

Judy Silvernail

I currently have the PPQ polymar frame with a red dot that I am always amazed at how ‘shaky’ it looks on the target. I can’t help but think (hope) that the extra weight would help to steady that. I am strickly an amateur target shooter, but who knows? Maybe with the steel frame I might become a competitor! Thank you for the comparison.


This is a competition gun and not a CCW piece. The owner will likely find the premium ammo that performs best and stick with that. Not much steel or aluminum case ammo going through this gun if it were mine.

Bernie Young

Which Trijicon RmR are you using ? The SF Walther PPQ Match looks great ! I have The Walther PPQ Match ,just haven’t decided which red dot to put on it. Thanks for the review Bernie Young

Graham Baates

I don’t recall but I quickly ditched it. Small window and dim glass, the RMR is my least favorite. Currently running the new Sightmark Mini Shot and love it. Nice big window and clear glass.

Raul Rivera

Morning, Happy New year!.. I’m currently an owner of two PPQ”s, one in 9mm, and the other in 45 acp. Absolutely love them both. I carry the 9mm due to its superb feel, and the 45 acp is my night stand security blanket. Would like to see the ” What’s For Dinner ” comparison test , if it’s not to much trouble. Thank You Raul Rivera!