This report covers:
- The test
- The trigger
- H&N Finale Match High Speed
- Adjusted the rear sight
- RWS R10 Match Pistol
- JSB Exact RS
- RWS Hobby
Before we begin today’s report, I want you all to know that I am out on the ranges in Las Vegas for Media Day. When I get back I will write a short blog for tomorrow. Please keep your “BB how many threads per inch” kinda questions to a minimum, so I can get some sleep tonight before the show starts. And remember, when it’s midnight on the east coast it’s 9 p.m where I am. That means I have to work faster to get a blog up, once I return from the range.
Today we look at the accuracy of the Walther PPQ M2 pellet pistol.
After seeing reader cstoehr’s target in the comments to Part One where he shot from 18 feet I decided not to shoot this pistol from 10 meters. I figured 25 feet would be more appropriate.
I shot 10-shot groups from 25 feet with my hands resting on a sandbag. I used a 6 o’clock hold. I found the sights to be very easy to see, but the trigger did give me some surprises.
The PPQ M2 trigger has lightened up considerably from when it was new. However it now sometimes goes off before I’m ready. I take careful aim and then squeeze to get the pellet belt rotated. The trigger usually stops at that point, but not always. Sometimes it pulls through the release of the striker and the pistol fires. I’m on target when that happens, but I’m unprepared for the gun to fire, and that means some slop in the aim point. Groups could grow by a half-inch or so. We shall see.
H&N Finale Match High Speed
First up were H&N Finale Match High Speed pellets. These are 7 grains and not made anymore, but they are a good target wadcutter. The first shot hit the target low and left and I knew a sight adjustment was in order. I didn’t adjust the sight until after this group was complete. You may remember that the PPQ has a windage adjustment on the rear sight, but no elevation. The front sight has a white dot, and I think the makers want you to center that dot on your target. I find that a bit sloppy so I use a conventional 6 o’clock hold.
Nine of the 10 shots are in two inches even, but one stray opened the group to 2.718-inches between centers. The stray could have been caused when the gun fired before I expected. If that is the case then this pellet could be the most accurate of those tested.
Adjusted the rear sight
After this group I adjusted the rear sight to the right. There are no click detents, so you have to watch the notch move over.
RWS R10 Match Pistol
Next to be tested were 7-grain RWS R10 Match Pistol pellets went into 2.919-inches in a very horizontal group. It appears the rear sight was adjusted okay. I will say that on this string the pistol fired several times before I was ready.
JSB Exact RS
I thought I should test a domed pellet, so I chose the JSB Exact RS. The PPQ put ten of them into a 2.399-inch group at 25 feet. I paid a lot of attention to the trigger in this group and I don’t remember any shot going off too soon. I will also add that these pellets entered the pellet belt quite easily.
The last pellet I tested was the RWS Hobby. They entered the chambers in the pellet belt noticeably harder, with a pop. These pellets hit the target lower and one pellet landed just below the target paper, so I added 0.125-inches to the 9-shot group size. With that the 10-shot group measures 2.374-inches between centers. One shot buried the target paper deep into the cardboard backer, and the paper tore when I removed it from the backer.
Ten Hobby pellets made a 2.374-inch group at 25 feet. One shot hit just below the paper and you can see a small divot below the dime where it nicked the edge. The group size is an estimate because of this. If anything, it’s smaller. The lower right hole is the one where the pellet buried the target paper into the cardboard backer.
I think reader cstoehr was right to shoot the PPQ M2 at 18 feet. The Walther PPQ M2 is not a long-range pellet pistol.
The trigger continues to improve. Just remember the improvement relates to one specific magazine. With practice I believe a shooter could get to know his magazines and do better with the pistol.