Budget 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.
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.