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Walther PDP Match Steel Frame

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Walther PDP Match Steel Frame
Walther PDP Match Steel Frame

The PDP Match Steel Frame is Walther's update of the Q5 Match Steel Frame to the PDP generation. This flagship pistol is meant to be Walther's ultimate competition model with a mass of 41 ounces (14 ounces heavier than the PDP Match Polymer) to keep the gun anchored in hand through rapid fire strings. The steel frame is cnc'd with incredible precision and I feel takes Walther's art of incredible ergonomics to the next level.


The level of detail machined into the shape of the PDP Match Steel frame is incredible.
The level of detail machined into the shape of the PDP Match Steel frame is incredible.

What is it? The PDP Match Steel Frame takes the PDP series' duty-focused design and augments it with competition-oriented features. A steel guide rod, heavy total weight, magwell, and Walther's Dynamic Performance Trigger are added as wel as a 5" barrel for more muzzle energy and a longer slide for a gentler recoil impulse.


One of the updates from the Q5 Match SF (background) to the PDP Match Steel Frame was a redesign of the beaver tail.
One of the updates from the Q5 Match SF (background) to the PDP Match Steel Frame was a redesign of the beaver tail.

Take a look at the incredible design in the tabletop video below.



Why Does it Cost So Much? There are a few apparent reasons for an MSRP of $1,899 (see below for current retail pricing).

  • Walther includes three magazines, one more than normal with a new pistols. Without considering the special base plate these magazines retail for around $60.

  • A steel PDP Guide rod is about $55

  • Magazinewells sell for $75-$85

  • The Dynamic Performance Trigger sells for $179

So without considering shipping costs, install times, of the magazine base plates simply the included parts at $379 to the cost of the PDP Match Steel Frame before we consider the extra machine time for the slide cuts, and of course the biggest cost is the cnc'd steel frame which costs significantly more to produce than a molded piece of polymer.


In my opinion, Walther's Dynamic Performance Trigger is the closest a striker-fired gun can get to a crisp single-action trigger feel.
In my opinion, Walther's Dynamic Performance Trigger is the closest a striker-fired gun can get to a crisp single-action trigger feel.

Specs:

MODEL: 2872200

CALIBER: 9mm Luger

COLOR: BLACK

SLIDE MATERIAL: STEEL

FRAME MATERIAL: STEEL

OVERALL LENGTH: 8.37″

HEIGHT: 5.75″

BARREL LENGTH: 5″ 1/9 Twist

WEIGHT WITH EMPTY MAGAZINE: 41 OZ

MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 18/20

MAGS INCLUDED: 3

TRIGGER: Dynamic Performance Trigger

SAFETIES: 3 – AUTO

TRIGGER PULL: 5LBS (+/- 1LB)

MSRP: $1899.00

Online Prices As of 6JAN24. Click links to see current pricing


Like other models, Walther recessed the recoil assembly of the PDP Match Steel Frame.
Like other models, Walther recessed the recoil assembly of the PDP Match Steel Frame.

The range experience of course followed GBGuns standard protocols, but I must admit something. When I took this (and the PDP Match Polymer) to the range and began shooting I was a bit more relaxed than I realized. The PDP Match Steel Frame shot so well and so softly that I didn't realize I was slacking as a shooter until I shot the lighter polymer-framed gun for its review. The PDP Match Steel Frame performance was excellent, but it likely would have been even better if I had been participating more as a shooter. Another way to look at it is that I was not in my "A Game", but had A-Game level performance because of the PDP Match Steel Frame.


The range protocols were as follows:

  • Cold Shots: Truly our first rounds through the gun, on camera, with first thoughts shared.

  • Full Mag +1: Not all guns are happy at full capacity. This is a combination of pistol design, magazine design, and ammunition used. Unloading the pistol rapidly helps me get a feel for recoil and trigger control.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.


For this gun following ammunition was used:

90gr 1776 USA Lead-Free Sporting $14.79 / 50 at GrabaGun 

95gr Magtech JSP

100gr Hornady Critical Defense Lite $23.89 / 20 at Global Ordnance 

100gr S&B Non-Tox

115gr Blazer Aluminum Case $17.59 / 50 at Optics Planet 

138gr Federal Syntech Defense $33.99 / 50 at TargetSportsUSA

147gr Speer Lawman TMJ

147gr Federal Syntech Training Match $19.76 / 50 at Global Ordnance 

147gr Federal HST $38.99 / 20 at Optics Planet

158gr PPU Subsonic FMJ $25.70 / 50 at Global Ordnance


  • Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of the shooting experience and time to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusion.

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.

You can watch the process from first shots to comparison in the Shooting Impressions video below:

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared.


Despite me not being on my "A game", and shooting in near-freezing fog, the Walther PDP Match Steel Frame demonstrated great performance and was a joy to shoot. During the tabletop video I felt less impressed than I recall being when handling the Q5 Match SF for the first time, but I think that was simply a matter of perspective. On the range the PDP Match Steel Frame was incredibly comfortable in hand, comfortable in recoil, and ease of placing shots.

The only complaint I have about th gun out of the box are the sights. They're simpler than one might expect on a handgun of this stature, but I also understand that most who will own a PDP Match Steel Frame are likely going to mount a dot on it, so adding fancier iron sights to the cost would be pointless. Aside from my personal dislike of the iron sights, the PDP Match Steel Frame is as much a piece of machining and firearms art as it is a king on the range.

Walther's PDP Match Steel Frame is a piece of art.
Walther's PDP Match Steel Frame is a piece of art.

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Definitely interested in a compare and contrast to the ppq SF match. I am seeing the PPQ in $1400 range. Which is the better bang for the buck for USPSA and IDPA. Thanks.

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Rich Dubbya
Rich Dubbya
07 янв.

Walther PDPs are great. Balanced, great trigger, good sights from the factory. But a $1900 asking price seems a little extreme. But I'm saying that from a distance. I'm sure there's a bit more going on besides a billet frame. Very pretty.

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Graham Baates
Graham Baates
07 янв.
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I broke down what apparent reasons for price I could see. There's more to this than there was teh Q5 Match SF and this is only about $100 more than that was.

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I have yet to meet a single person, novice to experienced shooter that didn't immediately like the grip and balance of the PDP -really a work of art.

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