Walther Q5 Match SF Black Tie

Meister Manufaktur Enhances Excellence

When push comes to shove, we all return to our roots. At some point, what used to be a market of wood-accented all-steel revolvers and pistols, featuring beautifully milled and checkered components morphed into mass-manufactured-and-produced polymer-frame, striker-fired pistols as unique as a carton of store-bought eggs.

I’m not knocking polymer pistols. Firearm technology has advanced beyond John Moses Browning’s wildest dreams, and there have never been more handgun models more readily available. But it’s human nature to long for the past and time when guns relied more on hands than machines.

Enter Meister Manufaktur from Walther Arms.

Meister Manufaktur

Originating in Germany, Walther has a charming history of firearms dating back more than 135 years. From the classic PPK to the modern PPQ, they sure know how to design and build handguns. One might call them a “master manufacturer.”

Actually, it’s the English translation of their latest program, Meister Manufaktur, which pairs highly skilled artisans with Walther engineers to “produce beautiful, soulful, performance-leading products without parallel in the pistol market.”

The program boasts an “exclusive line of hand-engraved, hand-finished pistols with newly developed coatings and finishes” and Walther’s respected performance to create functional pieces of firearm art.

Unveiled at the 2020 SHOT Show, there are four models currently available, all based on the Q5 Match Steel Frame (SF), and each with their own degree of enhanced elegance. For the sake of this exclusive, I’ll focus on what Walther calls the “Black Tie” Special Edition.

The Black Tie

Sporting a clean two-tone silver and black look, the Q5 Match SF “Black Tie” is the James Bond of the Meister Manufaktur models. Intentionally dressed down, it’s a performance pistol without the bravado.

All external components, including the frame, slide, 5” barrel and magazine base plate are Tenifer nitride treated and polished before being coated in Stinox for an upscale satin finish. Together, the final finish offers superior hardness and top-rated protection from corrosion and wear. You don’t see cuts and bruises on 007’s face, do you?

The grip is machined from a solid block of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy sporting 20 line-per0inch checkering and satin anodizing that is sure to melt into the hand of any shooter for ultimate comfort and control. The slide is topped with a black serrated target front sight and adjustable match rear sight, plus matching black anodized controls.

Inside the classy, stone-cold steel frame, the new Dynamik Performance Trigger acts as the heart and soul of the smooth-shooting pistol. A flat-faced aluminum triggershoe, the new trigger provides match-grade characteristics, including reduced take-up, trigger stop and trigger reset that breaks at 5.5 lbs.

A gun fit for Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, Roger Moore or whichever your favorite James Bond actor, the Walther Meister Manufaktur Q5 Match SF “Black Tie” can be had for an MSRP of $2,699.

For more info: www.waltherarms.com, Ph: (479) 242-8500

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