For the record, I don't have any special insights or insider information into Walther's production schedules or product line.So you do believe that Walther is still producing this weapon for new sales? I'm fine with being patient as this will be my first firearm. A friend said I could just order the all black one and then get the frame cerakoted to FDE. I found a few websites saying they charge $65 for a frame cerakote. Is that something worth looking into?
My basic judgement is that the PPQ is (arguably) Walther's flagship pistol and that FDE is a relatively popular color. On those grounds, I would expect Walther to continue to manufacture the PPQ in a variety of colors including FDE.
If you're eager to get to get a PPQ but dead set on FDE then having a black firearm cerakoted is certainly an option. Keep in mind, once you alter the finish the resale value of the firearm generally takes a significant hit. It's also possible that if the Cerakote is done poorly/improperly that reliability issues could crop.