The Walther PPQ & PPQ 45! Better than I expected?

Well, today I met the US Vice President of Sales for Walther Arms, and one of the Engineers from Germany, Peter Dalhammer. They were visiting the academy to speak to GPD and others about what it is in firearms that Americans and especially American law enforcement is looking for any problems we have found in our current weapons systems (Glock).

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Well after listening to all the typical issues with Glocks we have found over the years, we went out to the range to shoot the new Walther handguns. WOW! Talk about nice firearms and easy to shoot and accurate! I have not shot a Walther in a long time and I see I have been missing out on a few things. The ambidextrous slide stop, the magazine release and other things about it were just really nice and well designed. We shot the Walther PPQ & PPQ45. What a really nice firearm!

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The angle of the grip seems more natural than the Glocks I am used to (and own!) You do not have to adjust your wrist angle to make the firearm level and line up naturally on target. It just does it automatically when you raise the weapon to eye level. The extended and enlarged slide stop/release is VERY nice! Makes using it 100% easier than my Glocks.

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Accuracy is not an issue, they were all dead on. The takedown is really nice also, much easier than the Glock is. So for those who are learning to clean firearms and also shoot a nice solidly built handgun, these are top notch! We may be getting a few for T&E and if so I will be doing a much more in-depth write up of the weapons systems and how they perform.

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Shot with the Walther PPQ 45. Now when we get some to test, we will do a much more in-depth exam and test for you and post the results here!!
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Barnes Tac XP EDC carry rounds!

Well, we had a Hornady Law Enforcement ammunition gel test shoot this morning. Very cool stuff. Learned a lot about the performance of bullets through various barriers and saw how they did first hand.

The nice thing was got to shoot my personal self-defense rounds I loaded myself at the gel tests, and they performed better than I even expected. Perfect formation, huge cavity and 100% weight retention. 185 grain Barnes Tac XP .45 bullets, sitting on new Starline Brass, CCI primers and Longshot powder. And this is what they looked like after 1 into bare gel and two into heavy clothing barriers and then gel. I think these are a keeper for my EDC carry!

A Cop’s Perspective on The Top Ten Concealed Carry Firearms

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By Chris Wagoner:

When asked what I thought were the top ten concealed carry firearms, I thought about it and realized that you really couldn’t pick ten guns to be “the” guns. Each person is different, and has current styles and needs based on life factors that will help decide what gun is best for them. There are a few things people need to consider before they go out and buy a firearm for a concealed carry weapon. You have to consider your size (not the firearm, but your physical size), your experience with firearms, your lifestyle, and your clothing choices.

If you are really considering carrying a firearm for self defense, or one for your home or vehicle, you need to do a few things first. You need to learn your state’s laws on self defense, home defense, and defense in your vehicle. You need to learn to shoot and become proficient in the use of your firearm. You have to know you can use it while under stress, and once you can do that, you should not stop learning and training with it; your life may depend on it. Find a local firearms trainer and a local gun shop. Try out a few different firearms and different calibers. Find one you like, that you can shoot well, and that you will actually carry.

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Responsible Firearms Ownership: I Bought a Firearm for Self-Defense, Now What?

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By Chris Wagoner:

OK, you have decided to take that big step and buy a self-defense firearm for home or carry. Or maybe you got one for Christmas. Regardless of whether you already have one or are thinking of getting one, you need to be a responsible firearm owner. What does that entail? Well, take it from someone who has owned and used firearms for more than 40 years as part of my daily life, both as a police officer and firearms instructor. GET TRAINED!

The very first things you should learn if you are thinking of buying or already own a firearm are the four cardinal rules of gun safety. These rules apply anywhere in the world and are recognized as being the basis for all gun safety and training. Memorize them, follow them, and make others who are near you follow them too. They are simple and easy to remember and understand:

  1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, regardless of whether they are or not!
  2. Never point a firearm at anything unless you are willing to kill or destroy it!
  3. Always identify your target and what is beyond it!
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to shoot!

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Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without a Round in the Chamber is a Matter of Life and Death

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“The only reason this could be true is that you’re either scared of your firearm or you’re simply not properly trained. If either is the case, STOP CARRYING!”

As a firearms instructor that carried a firearm as a cop for decades, and still carries one today, I understand the need for quick and immediate access to your self-defense firearm. That is why I am a proponent of the open carry of firearms if you are legally able to do so in your state. There is a reason why we LEO’s carry our firearms openly. It acts as a crime deterrent, and it gives ready access to your defensive firearm. I am also very set on teaching the benefit of carrying with a round in the chamber as you can tell from the title!

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What to do if You Conceal Carry a Firearm and are Caught in a “Lone Wolf” Attack!

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By Chris Wagoner:

Any time there is a discussion about gun laws, concealed carry versus open carry, and the various other issues revolving around the possession of firearms, someone will always bring up the issue that law enforcement will be confused and possibly shoot a licensed concealed carry or open carry firearms holder if involved in a mass shooting, Lone Wolf, or terrorist attack. Some of the anti-gun crowd like to use the “police won’t know who the bad guy is” argument or the “good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns” line against arguments for less gun control.

If you are lucky enough to live in a state that allows concealed carry without a license — or open carry, for that matter — count yourself fortunate. If you live in a state that requires a license to exercise your Second Amendment rights, you fall within the majority of the nation. Either way if you carry a firearm and choose to do so (and what logical, realist, thinking adult wouldn’t) not many firearms classes cover what to do if you are caught up in some kind of a mass shooting or active shooter situation. So let’s try and cover a few options that you can pick from, gleaned from a few decades of training in firearms and law enforcement.

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Americans: Are You Willing to Defend Yourself and Those You Love?

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By Chris Wagoner:

When did it stop being cool or hip or whatever word you want to use in our society to be self-reliant and able to take care of yourself and your family? When did our ability to defend ourselves and defend those that we love become something that was considered wrong, or evil?

How in the world did we raise so many people in these United States to be afraid to defend themselves, even to the point of not fighting back when they know there is no other recourse but to die groveling in front of some lunatic or a madman with a gun?

I had a discussion, just the other day, with someone in an internet group who asked what they could have in their home other than a gun to defend their home and their family from an intruder. The conversation went on and I was informed that the person asking the question was doing so for a family member who was “very liberal” and scared of firearms. I thought to myself, how did this person who is afraid of firearms and “does not want to hurt the intruder” make it to this point? What possibly could have caused them to be this way?

Not hurt the intruder? Are you serious?

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