I just posted a reply addressing this very subject on another thread within this forum. I am really interested in receiving an answer to this inquiry, if not from Walther, than the shooting public. In addition to shooting my PPQ, I have also shot my wife's CZ 75-SP01 and my son's P 38 (manufactured by Mauser circa April 1943). Unlike the polymer platform, steel frame guns have virtually no muzzle flip and discharge recoil. The P 38 is, in my hands, lighter than the CZ; as equally balanced as the CZ; reasonably accurate; and relentlessly reliable. In fact, were the P 38 not a historic firearm -- and I heed the advise as to possible damage over time especially since metallurgy has so drastically improved over the past 75 years -- I would prefer it to both the PPQ and CZ 75. The P 38 design is simple and has influenced other gun manufacturers (e.g., Baretta). I understand that polymer frame firearms are less expensive to manufacture and that the majority of consumers may prefer the weight savings when carried (especially on a daily basis such as law enforcement officers). Yet, I would very much like Germany to offer a steel platform alternative, especially in the P 38 design.