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I know that Walther brought the paddles back but are the (if they can be called) 1st gen paddle ppq pistols collectible? The one I recently acquired is a very clean low round 2011 model. I bought it based on these factors; it was truly ambidextrous, the Walther reputation, and numerous positive reviews. I'm a southpaw so this pistol was a logical choice.
 

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Sorry PPQnONE, even though the PPQ M1 was a 'game changer', it'd probably only be collectible if they made a few hundred. But, I figure Walther probably sold a few hundred thousand of these pistols. If you want a PPQ M1 that might have some collectible value, look for a 'First Edition'.

In the mean time, enjoy shooting your M1.
 

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I kinda figured it would not be a collectible. I do find it odd however that S&W would have their name stamped onto this pistol when all they did was distribute it here in the states. Regardless of all this. I do plan to shoot the heck out of it.:D
 

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The Gun Control Act of 1968 requires that the importer puts his company mark on a gun. Which S and W was for Walther at the time. And such they did.
 

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The Classic PPQ (as we who own the first series of Qs call them) are lovely shooters but Walther made a ton of them. However Walther made less than 1000 First Editions and of those I think we are aware of about 600. Of those 600 S&W smiths managed to ruins the slides of about 150 mounting the Walther tritium night sights.

If you find a NIB FE or LNIB FE with all the goodies it might have some collector value down the road but right now they go for about 700 to 1000 dollars at auction...the PPQ007 FE pops every so often but I'm not sure what value it has except as an oddity.

Why not get a Classic Q for its intended purpose, shooting? That will be a better investment and a lot more fun...:)
 

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I kinda figured it would not be a collectible. I do find it odd however that S&W would have their name stamped onto this pistol when all they did was distribute it here in the states. Regardless of all this. I do plan to shoot the heck out of it.:D
All of the first PPQs were imported by Smith & Wesson as the distributor and they are required by ATF to stamp it as the importer, not odd at all. All of my PPQ (M1s) were Smith & Wesson.

From their website:

In June of 2012, Arnsberg, Germany based PW Group, owners of shooting sports companies, CARL WALTHER Sportwaffen and UMAREX Sportwaffen, announced the formation of Walther Arms, Inc. to handle all the importation, sales, marketing, distribution, and servicing of Walther products in the United States early in 2012. The transition occurred in two phases in 2013. Previously, Smith & Wesson held responsibility for the distribution of Walther firearms and accessories in the United States. On January 1, 2013, that responsibility was transferred to the newly formed Walther Arms, Inc.

PPQ came out at Shot Show 2011.
 

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All of the first PPQs were imported by Smith & Wesson as the distributor and they are required by ATF to stamp it as the importer, not odd at all. All of my PPQ (M1s) were Smith & Wesson.

From their website:

In June of 2012, Arnsberg, Germany based PW Group, owners of shooting sports companies, CARL WALTHER Sportwaffen and UMAREX Sportwaffen, announced the formation of Walther Arms, Inc. to handle all the importation, sales, marketing, distribution, and servicing of Walther products in the United States early in 2012. The transition occurred in two phases in 2013. Previously, Smith & Wesson held responsibility for the distribution of Walther firearms and accessories in the United States. On January 1, 2013, that responsibility was transferred to the newly formed Walther Arms, Inc.

PPQ came out at Shot Show 2011.
Thank You for the background story. I am new to Walther; I have always wanted a PPQ since I saw them for the first time. I will be going to the range later this week. I am stoked to say the least.:D
 
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