The Walther PPQ M2 is a German-made semi-automatic pistol, popular among law enforcement and security forces. It is available in a few different calibers, including 9x19mm, .45 ACP and .40 S&W.
Besides being employed by law enforcement agencies, this pistol is also popular among civilians. This is a reliable small-sized pistol that you can find throughout the USA.
In this article I am going to compare some of the most popular aftermarket sights for the Walther PPQ M2 and help you choose the best sight for your pistol.
Ready? Then let’s get started.
Best Sights for Walther PPQ M2 Review
The Trijicon Bright & Tough Night Sight Set is an excellent sight set that gives you the ability to aim your pistol in the dark, without compromising its design.
We see it plenty of times in several sight sets: the sights are too tall (or too short) and have weird-shaped notches that, while useful, might not be exactly what you are looking for. Trijicon has models that fall into that category. However, the Bright & Tough set is not one of them.
Maybe I am exaggerating. There’s a slight curve to the notch, a small “U”-shape, but nothing too overwhelming or that sets these sights significantly apart from the standard Walther PPQ M2 sights design-wise.
Even if you are looking for standard sights, the “U”-shaped notch is a nice compromise. While it doesn’t severely impact the design, it makes target acquisition faster, if ever so slightly. Speaking of its design, these sights have three tritium lamps (two at the rear and one at the front), which gives them a classic look.
The surface of these metal sights is serrated to reduce the glare — Trijicon wants you to use the Bright & Tough set both during the day and at night. The reflective white dots grab your attention during the day, while at night the tritium lamps become the prominent part of the sight set.
During the day, I have very little complaints about these sights. The large white dots do their job, and I never feel like I am straining my eyesight. At night, however, I can’t help but to wish that the tritium lamps were slightly brighter.
The tritium lamps are still visible — you will hardly miss them when drawing your weapon —, but some extra intensity would be nice. If you’re not in a completely dark room, it might become unnecessarily difficult to see the lamps.
If you are not a fan of the white dots of the Bright & Tough set, Trijicon also makes this model available in three other different colors. The Bright & Tough set is available in a white outline, two different orange outlines and in a yellow outline.
While these might not exactly be the best night sights for your Walther PPQ M2, they are not a bad choice. You definitely feel like you are getting your money’s worth.
Can you adjust the windage on these sights?
Yes. As with the stock Walther PPQ M2 iron sights, the Trijicon Bright & Tough Night Sight Set’s rear sight windage can be adjusted via the windage adjustment screw.
The front sights cannot be adjusted — they are fixed in both planes.
Are these sights made from aluminum?
No. The Trijicon Bright & Tough sights are made from steel.
The rear sight moves when I shoot the pistol. Is this normal?
No. If properly installed, the sights should not move at all when shooting the weapon. If this happens to you, you probably did something wrong.
You can try reinstalling the sights and adding a bit of Loctite Threadlocker. If you still can’t manage to fix the sights into place, consult a professional gunsmith.
Will the Walther PPQ M2 still fit in the holster if I install these sights?
While some sights are taller than the standard Walther PPQ M2 sights, the Trijicon Bright & Though sights have approximately the same size. The pistol should still fit in your holster if you install these sights correctly.
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Most luminescent pistol sights can be divided into two different categories: those with tritium lamps and those with fiber optics. Each of these types of luminescence has a different purpose, and they are not exactly interchangeable. TruGlo makes choosing the right one for you easy: they fit both types onto the TruGlohttps://truglo.com/ TFX PRO.
Tritium lamps are made of a radioactive element (tritium) which constantly emits radiation as it decays. This emission results in a visible faint green glow, which is easy to see in the dark. Tritium lamps require no batteries and are always functioning, but they are not bright enough to be seen in broad daylight.
Fiber optics sights do not constantly provide light. Although they do not require batteries either, these types of sights provide their glow by amplifying and refocusing visible light. If the sun is out, these types of lamps will shine very bright. However, if there is no visible light… Well, in that case the fiber optics are useless.
Having both types of lamps on a single set of sights means that you will have excellent visibility, whether it’s day or night. TruGlo’s sights are the right choice for you if you are really worried about visibility.
But there is a considerable drawback to these sights. While they provide unparalleled visibility, the TruGlo TFX PRO sights are very tall. They are significantly taller than the standard Walther sights, which can be great if you are also looking for suppressor sights, but not as much if you want to fit the pistol into your standard holster.
Fiber optics sights on their own are worthless — truth be told, you rarely need your sights to shine during the day and they are worthless during the night. Yet, when paired with the tritium lamps, fiber optics start making a bit more sense. If you want fiber optics sights, think no further — the TruGlo TFX PRO is probably the right choice for you.
Will the TRUGLO TFX fit a standard Walther PPQ M2 holster?
The TRUGLO TFX sights are taller than the standard Walther PPQ M2 sights. The higher profile of these sights will make the pistol difficult to fit in most conventional Walther holsters.
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The Meprolighthttps://www.meprolight.com/ Tru-Dot sights are probably one of the best night sights you can get for the Walther PPQ M2. These sights are extremely bright and offer a nice design that perfectly complements the pistol.
What I disliked the most about the Trijicon Bright & Tough was the fact that they weren’t as bright as I wished. The TruGlo TFX PRO were brighter, but not exactly revolutionary. Meprolight’s Tru-Dot, however…
While I like to take these sorts of claims with a grain of salt, I’m inching to believe it when Meprolight claims that the Tru-Dot Night Sights are the brightest night sights out there.
I don’t know if these tritium lamps will last as long as traditional tritium lamps do (around 10 years). Meprolight claims that they last 15 years, but I find it hard to believe due to their brightness. Still, even if they only lasted 5 years, I’d say that their brightness would be worth it.
Sure, the small tritium lamps on a night sight will not illuminate a room, but these babies are BRIGHT. Just leaving the pistol on a table will draw your attention to the exposed sights — even if the room is not completely dark.
Besides the fact that they are very bright (so bright that the military and law enforcement use them on their weapons), these sights also have a low-profile design that nicely complements the Walther PPQ M2.
The only immediate drawback that these sights have is that the tritium vial is made from glass instead of sapphire. This should not be a problem if you are not banging your pistol on every wall, but it still gives me some doubts about their durability.
Regardless of that small inconvenience, these sights will surely leave you happy with your purchase. If brightness is something you value on your night sights, look no further than Meprolight.
Do these sights have a white outline on the tritium lamp?
Yes. Most of the sights that use tritium lamps have some sort of luminescent paint surrounding the tritium vials, and the Meprolight Tru-Dot is no exception.
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The Walther Steel 3-Dot Night Sights don’t mess around too much — they are a straight upgrade to the standard Walther PPQ M2 sights, but they lack some of the fancier stuff other sights have.
If you are looking for better sights for your Walther PPQ M2 but don’t want any fancy high-technology stuff, then these sights are probably for you. There are no tritium lamps or fiber optics, no weird-shaped notches, or any strange materials… unless you count the photoluminescent paint.
Besides the steel being sturdier than the one on the standard sights, the photoluminescent paint (and the corresponding white dots) is the only noticeable feature that sets these sights apart from the stock ones.
The photoluminescent dots emit a faint (very, very faint) glow after being exposed to direct sunlight. The only problem is that the photoluminescence doesn’t last very long — if you are hoping to use these sights in the middle of the night, sorry to break your bubble.
However, during those couple of hours where the sun begins to set and it’s getting darker, these sights offer a considerable advantage over the standard stock sights.
The profile of these sights is almost a clone of the profile of the standard Walther PPQ M2 sights. Unless you knew that the standard sights do not come with photoluminescent paint, you would have a hard time guessing that these were not the standard sights.
If you want actually usable night sights, then the Walther Steel 3-Dot is not the right choice for you. However, if you are looking for a slight upgrade, one that is similar to the standard sights, then look no further.
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XS Sightshttps://www.xssights.com/ does not want to be just another sight brand — when they do something, they try to do something different. The DXT Standard Dot has a bold design that might not be to everyone’s taste, however it does wonders for target acquisition speed.
These sights are about the same size as the standard Walther PPQ M2 sights, but similarities end there. The rear sights have an interesting design choice — a large “V”-shaped curve with a vertical tritium lamp at the middle. Although this can be visually off-putting, it truly makes a difference when trying to find the front sight.
The front sight has no particular defining feature besides the tritium lamp and the enveloping reflective white dot. This is a time-tested design that works, and XS Sight Systems knows that.
The two tritium lamps on these sights are not particularly bright. While these sights can definitely be used in the dark, they pale in comparison to the Meprolight Tru-Dot’s brightness. Still, under harsh sunlight, the white dot and the tritium lamps work with the “V”-shaped notch to increase your target acquisition speed.
While these sights are definitely not for everyone, they offer something different that some users might be interested in. Although I doubted them at first, the XS Sight Systems DXT Standard Dot won me over. This is a great set of sights.
Can you use the XS Sight Systems DXT Standard Dot with a suppressor?
No. These sights are not tall enough to be used as suppressor sights. You will need something taller that clears most suppressors, like the TruGlo TFX PRO.
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Best Sights for Walther PPQ M2 Buyer’s Guide
How do you adjust the rear sights on a Walther PPQ M2?
Adjusting the rear sights of the Walther PPQ M2 is as easy as adjusting the rear sights in any other pistol.
To adjust the windage of the Walther PPQ M2 sights you will first need to get to the windage screw, which is hidden beneath the rear sight element.
Removing the rear sight element is easy as well and you can do it without any tools. With your thumbnail, depress the plunger and keep it down. Then, while the spring-loaded plunger is still down, slide the sight to the left.
Once the windage screw is visible and you are sure that the screw head is away from the plunger, you can release the plunger and remove the sights.
Now that the sights are out of the way, you can adjust the windage screw. Remember that it is reverse threaded and that turning it clockwise will move the sight to the left, while counterclockwise will move it to the right.
How to remove the iron sights on the Walther PPQ M2?
While the rear sights can be removed via the method mentioned in the previous question (by depressing the spring-loaded plunger and sliding the sight element out of the way), removing the front sight will require extra work.
First of all, it is recommended that you use a front sight tool to remove the front sights. While you can do it without this specialized tool, you will risk damaging both the sight element and the pistol.
With the front sight tool, you simply slide the tool into place and nudge the sight element out from its place. This method is easy, but you need to have this particular tool. While some sights come with a front sight removal tool included, most do not.
If you do not have a front sight tool but you still want to remove the front sight, you can also do it by using a vice grip and a hammer.
If you are going to use this method, it is advisable that you use a soft-jawed vice to grip the pistol, otherwise you risk denting it. The hammer should also be soft, if possible.
Once the pistol is firmly secured in the vice, you can remove the front sight by hitting it with the hammer. Although this might seem like an unsophisticated method, it works. If you are unsure about the strength to hit the sight with, start slowly and work your way up — you don’t want to damage the pistol.
While removing both sights is relatively simple, you do not have to do it on your own. If you are unsure, you can leave it to a professional. Most gun shops will remove the front sights quickly for a small fee.
Who makes sights for the Walther PPQ M2?
Most pistol sight manufacturers also make their models available for Walther pistols. There are too many manufacturers to list them all here, but you can certainly count with the better-known ones, plus others.
Some of the manufacturers that make sights for the Walther PPQ M2 are:
- XS Sight Systems
But, of course, there are many others. If you are hoping that a particular brand makes sights for the Walther PPQ M2, chances are that it does.
How to clean a Walther PPQ M2
Cleaning and maintaining your handgun is something every responsible gun owner should do. Besides guaranteeing its longevity, a clean handgun has less chances of misfiring or having problems.
Truth be told, there is no secret when it comes to cleaning your Walther PPQ M2. While this is a great handgun, it still works as most handguns generally do.
I could write you a long text telling you all about every nook and cranny that you should pay attention to when disassembling and cleaning your pistol, however, as they say, an image is worth one thousand words. Since videos generally have 24 images per second, well…
This video straight from the official Walther website tells you everything you need to know about cleaning and maintaining your Walther PPQ M2 pistol. Although I believe that experienced gun owners will already know most of what it shows, a refreshment is never a bad idea.
There are several types of sights for the Walther PPQ M2 pistol. Each sight excels at a different thing and no two sights are built the same. It is up to the user to find out what he values the most and what he would like his Walther PPQ M2 sight to have.
If you are looking for a Walther PPQ M2 pistol sight that closely resembles the stock sights, but that offers a few upgrades, then the Walther Steel 3-Dot Night Sights is the right choice for you. While these sights do not offer much in the terms of new functionalities, they provide a pretty straightforward upgrade from the original sights.
For night shooting, I recommend the Meprolight Tru-Dot. No other night sight I have tested shines as bright as the tritium lamps on the Meprolight Tru-Dot. Other manufacturers could learn a thing or two from these sights.
If you would like some extra visibility during the day — and generally prefer taller sights — then the TruGlo TRX PRO are right up your alley. These sights feature both tritium lamps and fiber optics and offer generally good visibility.
Which sights do you prefer for your Walther PPQ M2?