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Old 03-04-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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I really like this gun. I now own two. I base my opinion on being an LEO for 25 years and instructing on firearms for 20. It is my hope that the Walther company (read Smith and Wesson) reads this forum and takes input from it.
To the Walther engineers, I do not need windage adjustable sights. Your sights are like placing cinder blocks on top of a Porsche. Please offer the option of those who want them of sights that are contoured and smooth. The current sights catch clothing, holsters and cut skin. Offer sights that are easily concealed and carry friendly.
This complaint/suggestion is the only bad thing I have to say about a wonderful handgun. Thanks for letting me vent and maybe, just maybe, somebody who has the power might look into it.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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x2.

Its a nice option, but unnecessary..

Not everyone will share our viewpoint. This feature is my biggest 'complaint' thusfar.

That said, I am a perfectionist and for this being the only qualm, it speaks volumes of Walthers engineering success
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:21 PM   #3
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Hey Guys,

I'm also not a fan of the stock PPQ sights. As a good alternative, check out these P99 steel sights #2703572:

Walther P99 Accessories

They've got rounded edges, are more sturdy and stable, and, in fact, are the same sights as on the PPS.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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I have seen those sights on a friend's PPS. Does not even come close to a Heinie or Novak. It is just irritating that such a simple fix as calling up a sight company, designing a sight and then giving that company the business of making a sight is beyond the scope of managers who hold the decision power.
And yes, a sight company given exclusive rights to Walther's accessory market would make money.

But then again I have dealt with German Firearm companies/engineers and know their attitude.
Once again, I just hope someone see this. Or......if somebody has a name of a person in charge, please give it to me, I can be a PITA.
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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Isn't the Novak cut dovetail the standard used by most aftermarket sight makers and also used by a lot of manufacturers for their OE rear sights. I suspect sooner or later we will see an aftermarket fixed rear sight for the PPQ if they can use the existing attachment method. The best fix would be if Walther would just use Novak cuts on their slides.

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Old 03-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #6
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I have seen those sights on a friend's PPS. Does not even come close to a Heinie or Novak.
I agree. Unfortunately, it is one of the only options available. Good enough? No.

Hopefully, others will come out soon.
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I really like this gun. I now own two. I base my opinion on being an LEO for 25 years and instructing on firearms for 20. It is my hope that the Walther company (read Smith and Wesson) reads this forum and takes input from it.
To the Walther engineers, I do not need windage adjustable sights. Your sights are like placing cinder blocks on top of a Porsche. Please offer the option of those who want them of sights that are contoured and smooth. The current sights catch clothing, holsters and cut skin. Offer sights that are easily concealed and carry friendly.
This complaint/suggestion is the only bad thing I have to say about a wonderful handgun. Thanks for letting me vent and maybe, just maybe, somebody who has the power might look into it.
People have been carrying guns with those sights on them since 1997 and I've heard few complaints. They install adjustable sights to meet ATF's idiotic import requirement scoring system.

Glock does the same, they just change them to their fixed sight before they leave the factory in Smyrna. Walther leaves theirs on as there has never been a reason not to.

If they were to install their steel sights, or more accurately, have S&W install Walther's steel sights on every gun when it came into the U.S., it would drive the price up $50-100/gun, based on cost of the sights, S&W labor (which if you look at the PPQ First Edition night sight issue thread isn't exactly top notch) and S&W having to reprint every box label to reseal the gun box before shipping.

With the vast majority of their customers being completely satisfied with their adjustable rear sight, which many people pay a premium for as an add on when buying other guns, they have never had the slightest motivation for change. After 15 years, I wouldn't expect them to start now.
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I really like the PPS sights on my P99 and wish I had an extra set for my PPQ. have the Walther OEM night sights now. I also don't care for click adjustable sights on a carry pistol.
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Two points:


1. as jonm61 mentioned it is to meet import points, hence Walther is 'hamstrung' here and not to blame.

2. the mast majority of shooters who buy a PPQ fall into two categories: the range blasters who simply want an excellent range/IDPA gun; the more serious CCW types who will in all likelihood change the OEM sights out for tritium sights anyway.


Besides, no company could please everyone as we all have divergent tastes when it comes to sights.

On another note, I have never known of anyone who had problems with the rear sight system on a Walther as it is rather ingenious, rock solid and negates the need to whack away with a hammer & drift or buy an expensive sight pusher which is needed with Glocks, SIGs, etc., to regulate windage.
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