PPQ M2
Walther’s PPQ M2 pellet pistol.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Is it semiautomatic?
  • First two shots
  • Trigger pull
  • However
  • Blowback!
  • Loading
  • Velocity with Air Arms Falcon pellets
  • H&N Excite
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
  • A second word on velocity
  • JSB Exact 8.44-grain domes
  • Shot count
  • Cartridge out and trigger still works
  • Summary

Today I test the velocity of the Walther PPQ M2 pellet pistol, and I will also answer several questions that we have been discussing.

Is it semiautomatic?

No, the Walther PPQ M2 pellet pistol is most definitely not semiautomatic! The people who say that it is must believe that a semiauto is a gun that fires with each pull of the trigger. Where does that leave a double action revolver? It would have to be a semiauto, too.

With this pistol each pull of the trigger advances the 21-shot pellet belt, and yes, I counted the chambers and there are indeed 21 in the belt. You feel the belt advancing as a gritty start/stop motion of the trigger. I will have more to say about that in a bit.

On the other hand, the pistol won’t fire until the slide is pulled back. “Racked” is the term used by shooters. (note — BB discovered later that this is not the case.) Now let’s talk about that trigger again.

First two shots

As I said, I had to rack the slide to get the first shot off. The first shot took well over 40 pounds of effort. So did shot number two. I had to use two fingers to pull the trigger for both shots. I thought the safety was on, but it wasn’t.

And then shot three then went off before I was ready. Apparently the trigger and belt feed mechanism needed a little break-in to function normally. I tell you that so you won’t be surprised if it happens to you.

I’m almost certain this trigger breaks in over time. Each magazine will probably have some influence on the trigger pull, as well. That is just like the magazines that hold the Crosman rotary clips in the 1077 rifle. The trigger pull gets smoother and lighter with use — of each magazine box.

Trigger pull

So, where are we now with the trigger? Well, it’s double action and there is a very long and MUCH less creepy pull that advances the pellet belt. It comes to a definite stop. Keep pulling and the gun fires with no additional trigger movement I can detect.

What is the pull weight? Well, reader Yogi read something into the comments of Part 1 that I didn’t put there. He said “B.B., We thank goodness it is not that 10 lbs. trigger pull of the last pistol!”

No, Yogi, it isn’t. This trigger pull of the Walther PPQ M2 pistol is heavier than 12 pounds. How much heavier I can’t say for sure, but that long first part I just mentioned is 10 pounds 10 ounces. My trigger pull gauge then tops out. I will guess that the final break takes another 5-6 pounds.

However

Yes, there is a however for the trigger. Once you have pulled the first part, you are resting against part two and instead of 16-17 pounds it feels more like a 5-6 pound pull. It’s something an owner will have to get used to, and as the pistol and magazine wear in it will probably get smoother and perhaps a bit lighter.

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Blowback!

I was impressed by the amount of blowback the PPQ M2 has. It’s quite similar to a .22 rimfire pistol’s recoil. And it is also something that I will return to later in this report.

Loading

I normally don’t make blanket pronouncements, but I will today. I don’t like the PPQ M2 magazine. First, I find the loading process clumsy. You hold the mag in your hand looking at its back side. Then push in a switch that the manual calls a door, to give you access to load the pellets on the right side of the magazine, one at a time.

Walther PPQ magazine
Push in the “door” above the pellet belt you see here and load the pellets one or two at a time. Then advance the belt to the next empty chamber.

I found the belt difficult to advance. It took two fingers, one on either side of the mag, and the belt kept bunching up as it moved. Maybe that is another thing that will get smoother with use.

I’ve used belt-fed magazines before, but they had a door that opened to show the entire belt. This one doesn’t. So unloading the belt is very tricky.

Velocity with Air Arms Falcon pellets

The first pellet I tested was the Falcon from Air Arms. They fell out of the belt if I tipped the magazine while loading so I had to be careful about that.

A string of Falcon pellets averaged 393 f.p.s. The high velocity was shot number two at 417 f.p.s. and the low was shot nine, at 380 f.p.s. The spread was 37 f.p.s., which is pretty high. At the average velocity the PPQ M2 shooting Falcon pellets develops 2.51 foot-pounds of energy near the muzzle.

H&N Excite

The H&N Excite is an affordable wadcutter pellet that I have been testing. In the PPQ Excites averaged 375 f.p.s.with a high of 381 and a low of 364 f.p.s. That works out to an average 2.31 foot-pounds with a maximum spread of 17 f.p.s.

I will note that these pellets were tighter in the pellet belt. I could feel their skirts pop as I pushed them into each chamber.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy

The next pellet I tested was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellet that Pyramyd Air no longer carries. These tin wadcutters weigh 5.25 grains and average 407 f.p.s. in the PPQ. The spread went from a low of 386 on shot 10 to 433 on shot one. That’s a difference of 47 f.p.s. At the average velocity this pellet generated 1.93 foot-pounds on average.

A second word on velocity

I haven’t shown each shot in each string, but if I did you would notice the velocity starts out high and drops as the string progresses. In other words, as the pistol cools down it shoots slower. This is normal for a CO2 pistol and in fact it’s odd when it doesn’t happen. And that sets us up for the final pellet test.

JSB Exact 8.44-grain domes

I had to stop shooting for several minutes at this point, so the gun had time to rest and warm up. The first shot with the JSB Exact 8.44-grain dome went out at 397 f.p.s. But shot number two went out at 373 f.p.s. The average for this string was 368 f.p.s. With the high of 397 and the low of 354 f.p.s. on shot eight. That’s a spread of 43 f.p.s. At the average velocity this pellet develops 2.54 foot-pounds of energy near the muzzle.

Shot count

After testing these four pellets I shot the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets exclusively for the test of the shot count. The first pellet went out at 395 f.p.s. and you will remember that the previous average for this pellet was 407 f.p.s. with a low of 386 f.p.s., so we seem to still be on the power curve. In other words, the liquid CO2 in the cartridge we started with is still evaporating. But look at the next shots.

Shot…..Vel.
41……..379
42……..379
43……..375
44……..367
45……..365
46……..354
47……..338
48……..349
49…….. no pellet
50…….. no pellet
51…….. no pellet
52…….. no pellet
53…….. no pellet
54…….. no pellet
55…….. no pellet
56…….. no pellet

Okay, BB is a doofus! He didn’t recognize the magazine was out of pellets because the gun kept firing.

Shot…..Vel.
57……..289

Now we are out of gas — right? Looking at these results it seems there are perhaps 50 good shots per CO2 cartridge.

The slide continued to blow back on each shot, but the movement got weaker and weaker and slower and slower. This let me know the gun was out of gas long before the chronograph told me. I kept pulling the trigger 27 more times and the blowback got even weaker. And I kept on pulling the trigger.

Now there were close to 100 shots on the cartridge and the slide still moved when the gun fired, but it was only a tiny impulse. And yet the trigger kept firing the pistol, so my earlier remark that the slide somehow had something to do with the trigger was apparently incorrect.

Cartridge out and trigger still works

I removed the CO2 cartridge and now the trigger still works as it should. This will be another air pistol whose trigger could use some off-time exercise.

Summary

We have learned a lot about the Walther PPQ M2 today but I can summarize it all in one phrase — break-in. This is an air pistol that needs to be used. Next time we shoot it for accuracy to discover whether it wants to be used.