I’ve been carrying a 9mm PPQ (either a QFE or a Q Navy) for 2 years now and thought I’d share some observations about the platform now that I have enough hours with it to make some valid conclusions about the weapon platform.
I will state my Qs have been 100%. The Q First Edition has well over 14K and the Navy has over 6K using a variety of ammunition… I’ve pretty much settled upon Speer Lawman 147 as range ammo and Speer Gold Dot 147 as my carry round…although neither Q has met ammo it didn’t seem to like.
You all know how accurate the Q is and it certainly is an easy weapon to maintain as any combat type pistol should be. I’ve found that even with the rounds through the weapons I can’t really see any signs of undue wear on any parts…there is a bit of bleaching on the slide of my QFE, which may have come from so cross contamination with hoppe’s #9….past that both have withstood daily use very well.
I did put a DPM recoil system in the QFE because I found that my follow up shots were more accurate (I shoot one handed). I mounted a Jarvis unthreaded barrel on the FE for EDC, I mounted a set of steel factory night sights on my Navy Q. Other than that both are as they were from the factory. Incidentally when my FE graduated to HD with the Osprey suppressor and laser, I of course remounted the threaded barrel and factory recoil spring. For some reason I don’t need the DPM in my Navy Q.
Holstering the Q was when it first came out a bit of a trial as there were few options but being a fan of Theis IWB, I decided to see if he couldn’t supply one…and I feel his horse hide holster really fits my needs….when I must OWB, the DeSantis Speed Scabbard has suited me as well. For my shoulder rig I prefer the Miami Classic, great for meetings when I’m in a tie and Jacket.
The best belt I’ve found for carry has been a 511 tac belt…it looks nice is firm enough to support the weight of the weapon without pulling away from my body or flexing when I move. Even though this isn’t a really heavy weapon you still need a good belt to support it.
I carry 12-14 hours every day, likely even more as I carry at home too. While there are times I will carry my P99c AS or my Ranger PPK, these are the exceptions. I find I’d rather carry a Q whenever possible. The weapon is compact enough to conceal easily and light enough that it is comfortable through long carry hours.
The real strong point of the weapon is ergonomics…the design naturally puts the webbing between my thumb and forefinger high on the grip and allows the forefinger to naturally rest on the frame above the trigger guard. My middle, ring and little fingers curl firmly around the grip in a secure hold on the weapon.
The design of the weapon allows for a fast and extremely consistent draw stroke and as I push out toward the target it almost points itself. At SD combat distances this is a huge advantage. The fact that there is no external safety allows me additional speed on target (again remember all my weapon manipulation is one handed). The paddles and ambi slide releases make for fast mag dumps, jam clears and reloads…
I think it is clear that I find this system to meet all my requisites. The weapon was designed for carry and after two years of use and one incident of true need, I can state that the PPQ is a great platform for those who want a reliable and versatile carry option. I trust my life and the lives of my loved one to it on a daily basis. My final observation is that one could do far worse then give the PPQ serious consideration as a carry system.