Walther Launches the PDP Match Series

The Walther PDP, or Personal Defense Pistol, was released a few years ago as a red-dot-ready successor to the legendary Walther PPQ. It sports the same legendary grip ergonomics with a more tactile slide and one of the best out-of-box triggers a striker-fired handgun can have. Logically, Walther has now introduced the PDP Match series to bring the PDP line completely into the competition realm.

walther pdp match polymer frame
The new Walther PDP Polymer Frame match has been released alongside its steel-framed brother. [Walther Arms]
Quick Specs:

  • Models: PDP Polymer Frame/Steel Frame
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 18/20
  • Barrel Length: 5 inches
  • Overall Length: 8.5/8.4 inches
  • Weight: 27/41 oz.

The Walther PDP Match includes a version of the standard polymer-framed PDP, as well as the all-new PDP Steel Frame. The Polymer Frame PDP Match is based on the full-size PDP with a five-inch barrel and an 18+1 capacity. Like the original, it has the same Performance Duty grip texture to defy sweaty hands and is optics-ready. It also has a black anodized aluminum magwell for sight-free reloads.

walther pdp steel frame match
The PDP Steel Frame has wrap-around grips with a texture that mimics that found on the polymer pistol. [Walther Arms]
The PDP Match Steel Frame is identically sized and has the same Dynamic Performance trigger, which has a more tactile and less abrasive trigger shoe than on the standard PDP. It is also milled to take an RMR footprint that is free of charge upon request from Walther. Its magazine well is flared like the polymer model and will only accept aluminum-base plate-equipped magazines. The Steel Frame pistol comes with three 20-round magazines, but can also use standard capacity 18-round magazines used by the Polymer Frame version.

The PDP Match series is currently shipping at an MSRP of $1,099 for the Polymer Frame and $1,899 for the Steel Frame.

Terril is an economic historian with a penchant for all things firearm related. Originally a pot hunter hailing from south Louisiana, he currently covers firearms and reloading topics in print and on his All Outdoors YouTube page. When he isn't delving into rimfire ballistics, pocket pistols, and colonial arms, Terril can be found perfecting his fire-starting techniques, photographing wildlife, and getting lost in the archives.

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