Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9

Specification Comparison and Reviews

Walther PPQ M2



Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9

Specification Comparison and Reviews

Gun enthusiasts are perpetually asked what weapon is the best. There has been a long-running debate between the Walther PPQ M2 and HK VP9. This Walther PPQ M2 vs HK VP9 review looks at everything including ergonomics, accuracy, and recoil management. By the end of this article, you’ll know exactly which pistol is right for you.

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Walther Arms is a leading manufacturer of world-class firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Walther has been making innovative products for over 100 years, and the PPQ M2 is an example of that. Heckler & Koch is a German multinational defense manufacturing company. It is famous for the development and production of small arms, military rifles, and machine pistols. Heckler & Koch’s products are well-known for their simplicity, reliability, and innovation. Walther PPQ M2 and HK VP9 are two of the most popular handguns in the industry. Choosing between the Walther PPQ M2 vs HK VP9 is hard. The PPQ M2 and the HK VP9 are both excellent guns, but they have their differences. Let’s take a look at what makes them unique.

Introduction to Walther PPQ M2

The Police Pistol Quick Defense (PPQ) is a striker-fired semi-automatic pistol with a constant trigger pull.  It was originally designed for the law enforcement and military markets. It has been adopted by various federal agencies and is also popular among civilian shooters in shooting sports, hunting, or personal defense roles. It’s available in 9mm and .40 S&W. It is lightweight at 24.5 ounces with dimensions of 7.1-inches for the overall length and a 5.3-inches height (including magazine). The PPQ M2 has a smooth trigger pull of 5.6 lbs. It holds 15 rounds capacity of 9mm ammunition. The PPQ M2 is one of the most ergonomically-friendly polymer pistols on the market today.

Introduction to HK VP9

HK VP9 is one of the latest entrants into the world of handguns specially designed for military and law enforcement use. It features a modern design with an aesthetic outlook and improved user ergonomics. The VP9 is well-known for its exceptional accuracy and smooth trigger. The HK VP9 is a striker-fired pistol. The overall length is 7.34-inches and has a height of 5.41-inches. The VP9 has a smooth trigger pull that weighs 4.5 to 5.4 lbs. It has a magazine capacity that ranges from 10 to 20 rounds depending on the size of the magazine used. It’s available in 9mm and .40 S&W.

Features of Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9


The sights are an important part of handguns because they are used for quick target acquisition. The VP9 is slightly better in this regard compared to the PPQ M2, which can be attributed to its superior rear sight design. The VP9 has three-dot fixed sights that are very similar in design to other HK handguns. They are designed for quick target acquisition and are quite accurate at short-range. 

Sights of Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9

Trigger Pull

The trigger pull on the Walther PPQ M2 is more compared to the VP9.  However, there is a noticeable difference in both triggers’ travel distance before they break.

Trigger Pull of Walther PPQ M2

In terms of accuracy, the two guns are both accurate to an extent, but the target acquisition time is slightly better with VP9.

Trigger Pull of HK VP9


The weight of the HK VP9 is heavier than the PPQ M2 by about 1 oz., which makes it harder for rapid-fire at close quarters. However, the difference in weight isn’t significant enough to affect shooting. The VP9 and the PPQ M2 both feel good in the hand, but the VP9 is slightly better.

Magazine Capacity

The VP9 has slightly larger capacity magazines compared to the PPQ M2, which makes it easier for low-intensity shooting at longer distances. However, the difference in capacity between magazines isn’t significant enough to affect shooting.

Magazine Capacity of Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9


Ergonomics is where both guns are completely different. While the PPQ M2 fits very well in the hands of general shooters, the VP9 is better specifically for shooters with large hands. The Walther PPQ M2 has a normal or medium-width grip, and it’s perfect in most situations. Walther PPQ M2 is ergonomically designed to offer maximum control, while the VP9 offers improved (and slightly better) ergonomics. The VP9 has a lower bore axis compared to the PPQ M2, which in turn makes it easier to shoot accurately in fast-paced scenarios.  The VP9 also features rear slide serrations, which are slightly better compared to the PPQ M2.

Ergonomics of Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9

Slide Lock

The slides of both handguns lock back after firing the last round in the magazine.

Slide Lock of Walther PPQ M2

It’s also possible to release the slide by pulling the slide-release levers (located on each side of the grip). However, the VP9 is slightly faster due to its slightly larger levers.

Slide Lock of HK VP9

Magazine Release

The HK VP9 features a paddle-style magazine release that’s located in the trigger guard, just in front of the trigger. The release is ambidextrous and can be activated with either hand. It’s also possible to lock the slide when it’s forward by pressing down on this paddle right behind the trigger guard. On the Walther PPQ M2, there is a button style. The magazine release of the VP9 is larger compared to PPQ M2, making it faster and easier to reload. It may be  hard to reach for people with short fingers or short arms. However, similar to its slide release levers, the PPQ M2’s smaller size allows it to be manipulated easily.


The two firearms both have ambidextrous safeties. While there are no manual safeties on either guns, they are both equipped with a trigger safety.

Slide Release

There is a slide release on both guns that make reloading easy and fast.


The height of the VP9 is 5.41-inches, which makes it taller than the PPQ M2. The VP9 is also wider than the PPQ M2 by 0.20-inch, which makes it perfect for people with bigger hands and those who prefer having a better grip on their handguns. The length of the Walther PPQ M2 is 7.1-inches which makes it shorter than the VP9.

Reliability and Durability

The PPQ M2 and VP9 are reliable handguns that you can trust during self-defense. They have been tested in some of the world’s toughest conditions with extremely positive results.


Both guns are available in the same caliber, which makes it easy to find ammo and mags. PPQ M2 having 15 rounds  of 9mm ammo and the VP9 having 10 to 20 rounds, depending on magazine size.

Similarities of Walther PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9

Both the PPQ M2 and VP9 are striker-fired handguns. There are also some similarities between the two handguns that make them worth comparing. Let’s have a look at what makes them similar.


The recoil on both handguns is very manageable. If you are used to shooting 9mm handguns with lighter recoils, you will feel the difference between the recoil of both handguns. However, it’s not significant enough to affect you when shooting.


Both guns are available in most countries and can be found at any gun store or online retailer that stocks them. The VP9 has slightly better availability compared to the PPQ M2 because it’s more popular than the Walther PPQ M2.


Both the Walther PPQ M2 and VP9 have great triggers. The trigger on the VP9 has a short take-up, clean break, and short reset which makes it feel like an extension of your mind when firing. The PPQ M2 has a trigger that is similar to the VP9, but the break feels a bit mushy.

Weight Distribution

Both handguns have great weight distribution in terms of how it feels in the hands. The center of gravity for both guns is located in the center, so they are less likely to topple when held at different angles.

Striker Indicator

Both handguns have great striker indicators that are easy to see in broad daylight. The striker indicator on the VP9 protrudes more than the one on PPQ M2.

Grip Frame

The grip frame of PPQ M2 and VP9 both offer great ergonomics.  The two guns feature three different back straps that fit securely in the palm of your hands for improved grip.


PPQ M2 and VP9 also feature double-stack magazines that make loading and unloading easy.

PPQ M2 Vs HK VP9 - Materials Changes

In terms of materials, there have been some significant changes from the first model. 


Whether you choose the PPQ M2 or VP9 depends on your budget.Walther PPQ M2 starts at $669.00 while the VP9 starts at $899  .00. This price difference is quite significant, but you can save money by buying either guns second-hand.


The front sight on the PPQ M2 has been changed from a low profile to fiber optic sights.

Slide Finish

There’s also a new coat of corrosion resistant finish on both firearms which gives it an attractive look and a more durable finish.


The interchangeable backstraps have been enlarged for improved grip and ergonomics. The entire grip has also been slimmed down a bit so it’s not as bulky feeling in your hand. Because of this, it feels less like the PPQ and more akin to a Glock.


The trigger on both guns has been improved so that it is not as heavy, which makes it easier to shoot the gun accurately. In terms of materials, there have been some significant changes from the first model  PPQ to the newer second-generation PPQ M2.The trigger on the new model is made of a different polymer that has an improved surface finish and texture. It’s also slightly longer, although it doesn’t feel weird in terms of length when you’re actually shooting the gun. The texture on the surface of the trigger is very similar to the texture of the textured frame.

Grip and Trigger guard

Grip texture on the PPQ M2 is also changed with a more aggressive grip pattern for better results. Another change is that where the front of the trigger guard meets the frame, it’s been rolled up and tapered which makes holstering easier while also preventing gun snags while you’re drawing your gun from an IWB holster.

Ammo Capacity

Both guns are available in different sizes, with the PPQ M2 having 9mm and .40 caliber options  and the VP9 available in 9mm.


PPQ M2 is available in black, OD green, and flat dark earth finish while VP9 is available in standard black with stainless steel or HK’s proprietary Combat Gray corrosion resistant finish.


Due to changes in materials and design, the PPQ M2 is compatible with more holsters made for the first generation PPQ. HK VP9 is not as widely compatible with first-generation VP9 holsters.


Magazines are compatible only with the handguns they are designed for. PPQ M2 mags, on the other hand, will work for both firearms while VP9 mags will not work in either gun unless they are at least 9mm.


It’s recommended to use an RMR for both handguns. With this, you can get a better grip on the gun and improve shooting accuracy with your handgun, especially when shooting at longer distances


Lasers are also compatible with both handguns. To improve shooting accuracy, you can use a laser in conjunction with an RMR.


Walther PPQ M2 has a 4-inch barrel while HK VP9 has a 4.09-inch barrel.  

Yes, the new version of HK VP9 is more durable and reliable. With improved slide serration on both sides, a grip textured for a secure hold, and an improved recoil spring assembly, HK VP9 is more durable than ever.

HK VP9 is well worth the price for its amazing features and reliable performance. It’s durable, compact, ergonomic, accurate, and powerful. If you like to take your firearm with you when in tactical conditions, then HK VP9 would be the best pick for you.

If you are looking for a more affordable, ergonomic handgun that’s compatible with more holsters and accessories, then the Walther PPQ M2 might be the best choice. However, if you like to carry your handguns in tactical conditions, then HK VP9 would be a better fit.


Walther PPQ M2 and HK VP9 are both great handguns that you can trust for self-defense. With improved ergonomics, better grip texture, easy to use controls, light trigger pull, smooth recoil action, and maximum durability, they are reliable picks that will help you in any situation. This Walther PPQ M2 vs HK VP9 review should be all you need to make a good decision. If durability and reliability are what you’re looking for in your handgun, then go for the new version of the VP9. If you also want something that’s more affordable and compatible with more holsters, then the Walther PPQ M2 is for you. Alternatively, both handguns are great options and it really comes down to your own preference.  

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .

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