Video Review: Walther Arms Full-Size PDP 4.5”

This duty-sized pistol is optimized to make your range experience exceptional.

by
posted on October 27, 2022

In an industry that seems to be in a race to go small, smaller and smallest, it's refreshing to see a gun engineered to stretch its legs in the fresh air. Although the Walther Arms Full-Size PDP 4.5" pistol is not designed specifically for concealed carry—a "duty" pistol generally refers to a gun worn openly, as the police do—it's still a terrific self-defense tool and a joy to shoot.

Chambered in the wildly popular 9mm Luger caliber, this full-size gun is 8" long overall with a 4.5" barrel, and tips the scales at 25 ounces with an unloaded magazine inserted. That size means that the user would have some challenges with concealing the firearm on-body ... but it also means that there's room for an 18-round magazine with one in the chamber, for a total ammunition capacity of 19. That weight means that, should you choose to carry it on your body, you'll definitely need a sturdy belt. However, that weight also means that putting 9mm rounds through it will be a very comfortable experience for the shooter. 

Further enhancing the shooting experience are dodecahedron (that's 12-sided for you non-Dungeons and Dragons people) style texturing and SuperTerrain slide serrations for enhanced grip and manipulability. The addition of optic plates to customize the pistol to your style of red-dot optic is a worthwhile feature in a market that is increasingly more saturated with optic-ready options.

So how does it shoot? Check out this terrific video from our testers at American Rifleman to learn why the Walther Arms Full-Size PDP 4.5" is the NRA Gun of the Week!

Latest

Smith Wesson Bodyguard Two Point Oh
Smith Wesson Bodyguard Two Point Oh

First Impressions: Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 2.0 Semi-Auto Pistol

S&W just announced its new generation of the incredibly popular concealed-carry standby.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Conservation Falls from the Sky

Planting the seeds of success ... from a few thousand yards up.

Pope & Young Unveils Two New Archery World-Record Whitetails

These two bucks in velvet represent an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime combination of skill and luck ... and we can't stop staring.

NRA Applauds President Trump’s Selection of Senator J.D. Vance as His Running Mate

“Now, more than ever, freedom and liberty need courageous and virtuous defenders,” said Doug Hamlin, NRA Executive Vice President & CEO.

Reviewed: Daisy Powerline Model 415 Air Pistol

Looking for a CO2 pistol that is reliable, fun to shoot, decently powered and wallet-friendly?

Recap: 2024 4-H Shooting Sports Nationals Bring Victory, Camaraderie

With over 700 competitors, this nine-event national match was a tremendous success.

Interests



Get the best of NRA Family delivered to your inbox.