The new Walther Q5 Match SF pistol, an all-steel competition gun

With the new Q5 Match SF, German gun maker Walther Arms launched a new series of pistols they dubbed “the highest level” of quality and performance that they’re offering, said Cody Osborne, Walther’s marketing manager during a media presentation in Tulsa last month.

“This is our big time gun. It’s not for everybody,” Osborne said while pointing out the $1,400 price point. “This is not a gun that your normal guy is going to up and grab. This is a gun that you buy to make your friends envious. That pushes the limits of performance when you get down on the range.”

The 9mm design replaces the polymer frame and the internal guide rod of the original model by constructing it entirely out of steel. While the change adds an extra pound to the gun, it results in smoother, faster shooting. Osborne explained they tested the differences between the polymer-framed Q5 and the all-steel one with Walther’s pro shooters. Looking at timed-match shots of 20 rounds the average split dropped from 0.75 seconds to 0.4.

Walther CEO Bernhard Knoebel shooting the new Q5 Match SF as Thea Van Syoc, of Instagram’s VanleeThea, observes at the US Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 2018. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/

“You would save about 3.5 seconds on a (competition) stage, so that’s pretty phenomenal when you see the grand scheme of things,” Osborne said. “Especially when you start looking at guys at the end of the match and where they sit and how the top competitors are separated. They’re usually separated by a minute amount of points.”

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