Test: Walther PPX pistol in 9 mm Luger

What is distinctive about the Walther PPX? The design and slide engineering are the same as in older models like the P99 or the PPQ: a Browning-Petter-SIG system with open control cam and a block that locks via the ejection port. But Walther took a new tack when it came to the trigger, fitting the PBX with a partially pre-tensioned double-action system and a spur-less hammer in place of the firing pin block system. 

This new feature disappears entirely into the back of the slide in its rest position. Each movement of the slide pre-tensions the main spring, while exerting pressure on the trigger does the rest. 

The hammer moves backwards together with the movement of the trigger, travelling a distance of approximately seven millimetres before the trigger releases the hammer, transmitting the spring force to the hammer nose and enabling the striker to initiate firing. But the system has to be re-chambered by hand if this mechanism fails – ‘re-striking’, or pressing the now relaxed trigger once more, will not help. 

Other details that produced the low price include the three-part barrel engineering, in which the group consisting of locking block/control cam are attached around the barrel as an MIM-fashioned component, while an evidently milled feed ramp comes in as the third element. 

Similarly, the frame does not contain the cast slide rail otherwise found in the P99, and instead is fitted with a steel housing with pins at the front and the back. The fibreglass-reinforced polymer housing at the top of the slide, the claw, the striker and the auto-safety all helped further reduce the costs of production.

Test: Walther PPX in 9 mm Luger
The Walther PPX is disassembled by checking the safety and then pulling back the slide until the semi-circular recess beneath the Walther logo is above the disassembly lever. After that, the latter is moved up to a perpendicular position and the slide is removed

The Walther PPX Test

A check of the finishing revealed that the barrel shows substantial lateral play and that there were machining marks on the top of the slide, a couple of sharp plastic edges and traces of casting on the block and the cam (-4 points). 

The trigger frame design was as pleasing as always, but this Walther comes without the usual spare frame parts to cut costs (-1 point). 

Apart from a noticeable creep, the trigger characteristics showed a noticeable pressure point and scored good results in tests on several models (-2 point). 

The testers complained that apart from the magazine release, none of the handling elements are designed to accommodate left-handed people (-1 point); they also criticised the slightly blurred target image produced in the sights due to the oversized twilight markings (-1 point).

Test: Walther PPX in 9 mm Luger
The rear sight on the Walther PPX with its tried-and-true dual-point system includes a drift feature. But be careful: do not remove the tension sleeve located below
Test: Walther PPX in 9 mm Luger
Walther PPX: The front post sight is inserted into the slide from above, and then screwed in place from the inside

The handgun is explicitly designed as a self-defence weapon/utility pistol and not as a competition firearm. Therefore, it does not have a sight adjustment feature, and this aspect was disregarded in the test. Given its intended purpose, the pistol delivers an outstanding group size of 57 mm diameter and an entirely satisfactory precision (-10 points) rating.

The Walther PPX gave no grounds for criticism in terms of chambering/safety when shooting loads in a normal thickness range. Nevertheless, we encountered a few ejection problems when the weapon was held quite loosely to shoot relatively weak types of ammunition (-1 point).

Summary of the Walther PPX test

Although somewhat Spartan in its features, the Walther PPX is nevertheless reliable and feels solid and robust. Combined with its attractive price of €569, it is undoubtedly a good choice as a coup de grace weapon for hunters.

Score for the Walther PPX in 9 mm Luger

Precision (max. 50 points)
40 points 
Chambering/safety (max. 10 points)
9 points 
Trigger characteristics (max. 10 points)
8 points 
Trigger frame design (max. 5 points)
4 points 
Handling elements (max. 10 points)
9 Points
Sight (max. 5 points)
4 points
Finishing (max. 10 points)
6 points 
Total score (max. 100 points)
80 points
Test grade
4 out of 6 

Shooting test: Walther PPX

No.Factory cartridgeGroup sizeV2E2
1.115 grs Sellier & Bellot JHP69 mm-/- m/s-/- J
2.115 grs GECO JHP83 (63) mm-/- m/s-/- J
3.120 grs Lapua CEPP70 (42) mm-/- m/s-/- J
4.124 grs Remington Golden Saber + P JHP57 (21) mm-/- m/s-/- J
5.124 grs PMC FMJ84 mm-/- m/s

-/- J

Note: group size = 5/4-shot groups, fired at a distance of 25 metres from a sandbag support, stated in millimetres, measured from bullet hole centre to bullet hole centre. There was a technical malfunction on the measurement device, which meant there were no V2 E2 data. Bullet abbreviations: JHP = Jacketed Hollow Point, CEPP = Controlled Effect Police Projectile (proprietary brand name).

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Walther PPX

Test: Walther PPX in 9 mm LugerMichael Schippers

€ 569,00
Typesemiautomatic pistol
Caliber9 mm Luger
Actionsemi automatic
Trigger systempre charged double action only
Safetiestrigger safety,  firing pin safety and a disconnector safety, all automatic
Capacity16+1 rounds
Barrel102 mm
Overall length18,6 cm / 7.2 inches
Weight761 g /26, 8 ounces (with magazine)
Materials/FinishesPolymer frame, steel slide with QPQ TENIFER® coating
NotesCase with spare magazine and operating manual (in six languages)