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This is how you launch a new gun
« on: February 19, 2021, 05:32:15 PM »

The Walther PDP was unveiled this week with an awesome commercial.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPPxgyLs874

They also have participating dealers with guns in stock and Walther reps to answer questions. https://waltherarms.com/2021/01/29/walther-world-premier-product-launch/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=The+New+Walther+PDP%21+It+s+available+now%21&utm_campaign=NEW+Walther+PDP+%28Performance+Duty+Pistol%29+Announced%21&vgo_ee=1WEmnvQEa9DJxlH9j%2FZrzPlMy%2BOWWuyaZunZiCXh6gI%3D

And the website is well designed.  https://waltherarms.com/pdp/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=The+New+Walther+PDP%21+It+s+available+now%21&utm_campaign=NEW+Walther+PDP+%28Performance+Duty+Pistol%29+Announced%21&vgo_ee=1WEmnvQEa9DJxlH9j%2FZrzPlMy%2BOWWuyaZunZiCXh6gI%3D

The email I received also had links to compatible holsters, which parts are interchangeable, and they offer a 30 day money back guarantee.  Color me impressed.

I am not in the market for a new pistol, but I am definitely going to look at at this one as soon as I can.

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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2021, 05:58:35 PM »

That's the best marketing I've seen for a gun in.. ever?
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2021, 06:13:02 PM »

The Walther PDP was unveiled this week with an awesome commercial.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPPxgyLs874

I noticed everyone holstering put their thumb over the slide's backplate.  "Striker Control Device" type thing, from the factory?


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They also have participating dealers with guns in stock and Walther reps to answer questions.
And the website is well designed. 

The email I received also had links to compatible holsters,

The new holster search is the biggest annoyance, with a new gun.  Lately, last decade or so, some manufacturers have been good about making sure there's at least some support from the get go for new guns.

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which parts are interchangeable, and they offer a 30 day money back guarantee.  Color me impressed.

I am not in the market for a new pistol, but I am definitely going to look at at this one as soon as I can.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2021, 06:34:56 PM »

I saw my LGS giving the teaser of this announcement a few days ago. They are supposedly the only shop in this part of Idaho getting the new pistol in right now (they push Walther like crazy - every employee carries one). I just saw on their site that they did the premier today with a Walther rep and a bunch of the new pistols available to buy.

I've been wanting to sell my PPQ but instead maybe I'll be buying a PDP.  :laugh:

Edit, also just watched a video from my LGS. Today and tomorrow they are selling them for $599. Going to $630 for their normal pricing after that.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2021, 08:46:24 PM »

Kind of a shame that ammo is so scarce.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2021, 09:31:11 PM »

The commercial is nice.  I have seen similar stuff from other manufacturers.  Also, a number of them have sent samples to multiple guntubers which all hit the internet about the same time.  One of the better efforts I can remember.  If there was a SHOT Show, I wonder if they would have had it there or at least teased it. 

I would like to handle one if I see it in a shop. 
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2021, 04:17:41 AM »

I would like to handle one if I see it in a shop.

I think I shot a pre-production model last year at The Modern Samurai's red-dot class.  I know it was a Walther and he said it was a new model, but I wasn't really paying attention to the details.  The gun I shot was pretty good, though.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2021, 04:48:46 AM »

Ill definitely have to take a look at the PDP.  I have 2 PPQ M2s (.40 and 9mm Navy) and my wife has a CCP.  LGS offers LE and AD/Vet pricing on Walther so Ill keep an eye out for one with that pricing.

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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2021, 06:34:32 AM »

Sounds like they did a good job on the roll-out. Except for not providing 500 rounds with each gun.
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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2021, 03:06:15 PM »

Reading up on it.  Can't tell if it's an addition to the Walther line or a replacement for the PPQ.  Love that there are so many parts from the P99 and PPQ, especially mags.  Been thinking about a PPQ if I can find one.  This gun may be better.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2021, 03:18:33 PM »

Being as it's Walther, the real questions involve reliability and service/support.

Walther has a reputation of discontinuing service and parts for older models of their weapons, and back when I was shooting IDPA the then-new Walther P99s were problematic - reliability fell off sharply as they got a little dirty - and they soon fell out of favor with the early adopters.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2021, 05:57:21 PM »

Stopped at a couple LGS today and theyre saying 6-12 months before they expect to get any in. 

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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2021, 07:09:00 PM »

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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2021, 10:09:37 PM »

Looks like Buds has them in store in Lexington. Website shows out but if you click on Retail Store Availability it shows their Lexington store has them in.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #14 on: February 21, 2021, 05:41:03 AM »

Stopped at a couple LGS today and theyre saying 6-12 months before they expect to get any in.

Were they part of the launch?  I think the launch stores got the first shipments.
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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2021, 11:01:11 AM »

Being as it's Walther, the real questions involve reliability and service/support.

Walther has a reputation of discontinuing service and parts for older models of their weapons, and back when I was shooting IDPA the then-new Walther P99s were problematic - reliability fell off sharply as they got a little dirty - and they soon fell out of favor with the early adopters.

I had a P99.  Never had a problem with it.  Only reason I parted ways with it is that it was during the 10 round magazine limit years, and a friend who was desperate for a P99 was willing to even trade for a SIG P239 SAS I was listing after.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2021, 11:18:02 AM »

Reading up on it.  Can't tell if it's an addition to the Walther line or a replacement for the PPQ.  Love that there are so many parts from the P99 and PPQ, especially mags.  Been thinking about a PPQ if I can find one.  This gun may be better.
In an video I listened to, this replaces most of the PPQ models.  They are only keeping a few of them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGPJxTUhF_I
Hank Strange posted an extended interview with one of the Walther guys.  I think that was where I heard it.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2021, 05:11:09 PM »

Is there anywhere on Walther's website to find the user manual?
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2021, 07:20:36 PM »

Listening to some youtube stuff today.  I noticed I was seeing this pistol all over the place on gun channels.  Walther definitely put some effort into this. 
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2021, 08:22:14 PM »

Listening to some youtube stuff today.  I noticed I was seeing this pistol all over the place on gun channels.  Walther definitely put some effort into this.

Not uncommon when a new pistol comes out.
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Re: This is how you launch a new gun
« Reply #20 on: February 22, 2021, 06:17:39 PM »

Watched Colion North and a couple of others.  Interested in the slide serrations. Instead of grooves cut into the slide, they have machined ridges along the slide so the ridges actually stick out from the slide.  Sounds like a good grip for working the slide. Everyone is saying that it was an offshoot of the PPQ, using feedback to make improvements.  And, it's part of the new "modular" fad, with different size grips and slide/barrel lengths.  Should be worth a look.
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« Reply #21 on: February 22, 2021, 07:09:44 PM »

Watched Colion North and a couple of others.

Is he related to former NRA president Oliver North?  :P
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« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2021, 05:00:44 AM »

Instead of grooves cut into the slide, they have machined ridges along the slide so the ridges actually stick out from the slide.  Sounds like a good grip for working the slide.

That's what I thought, though from what I've seen, the most negative comments about the pistol have been that the slide is "chunky". Though I haven't held them side by side, the PDP slide doesn't look any more chunky than the ones on my FNX pistols.

Here's an American Rifleman review:

https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2021/2/17/review-walther-arms-pdp/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=insider&utm_campaign=0221
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