|This is only my opinion, so no hating please. I tried to cover all of the things I thought were worth mentioning after spending the afternoon with my two pistols: Walther PPQ 5 Inch and the Steyr L9-A1. |
The list shows where I think one model is slightly better than the other, in my opinion?
Walther PPQ 5 Inch $629.99
Steyr L9-A1 $460.85
Blade Runner Cool--L9
Sexy Design/Weapon Art--PPQ
Recoil Spring Quality--L9
Guide Rod Quality--L9
Thumb Forward Rest--L9
Balance Over Hand--L9
They are both great guns in their own way. The PPQ 5 inch gets tighter groups through full magazines for me, but I can keep them both really tight in 5 shot groups. It may be that trigger in the Walther that makes the difference over a full magazine. The Steyr trigger is also really nice, just different. The L9 trigger has some meat to it and it is really short pull, so you can "press" more rather than "pull." Different, but not better. That PPQ trigger is great, but I think the Steyr is really close.
The PPQ seems very refined and elegant compared to the Steyr. The Steyr has a more utilitarian design that is combat cool. It has a sturdy feel to it like a combat pistol should.
I am very happy to own two of the best polymer pistols available. The Walther PPQ has been getting most of the fanfare and magazine love, but I think the Steyr L9-A1 is also a great pistol with great value for performance. Some may think the PPQ is the best striker out there, but the Steyr is really close for a lot less.
Below are targets from the range. I shoot for fun, so this is all pistol, not the shooter. All ammo was Freedom Munitions 115 Grain 9 mm round nose reloaded ammo.