I Had A Glock In my Sights.
I arrived at Positive Control International on a recommendation from my father. Several weeks earlier I told him I wanted to start shooting again but standing in front of a target plinking did not appeal to me at all. I did a little research and I found “action pistol” sports, specifically IDPA ( International Defensive Pistol Association). After researching online, I found a local club, Hernando Sportsman’s Club , who offered IDPA among other competitive style shooting sports. I was also in the market for a new concealed carry. I grew up on Glock. I carried one for close to 20 years before the organization I work for switched to Sig Sauer. So, it only seemed fitting to purchase a Glock. I settled on the G19 and then it was off to PCI. My father recommended them as they had completed some gun smith services for him and he was quite pleased. Talking with the owner, Mike, my father learned that they were also into shooting sports and so he thought I could get some insight from them.
As I entered the store, I was met by the owners, Mike and Angela. They greeted me and inquired as to what I was looking for. I told him about my interests in action pistol sports and that I was looking for a G19. Mike then said “Why”? A bit confused I said “because I grew up with Glock and I’m comfortable with the brand” Then it dawned on me that maybe Mike was a dealer for another brand. So, I said “Why, what do you sell”? The answer was plastered on the wall, Walther Arms. Ok, I thought… I’ll let him show me show me Walther options and then I’ll buy a G19. This should not take long. Mike took about 8 different handguns out of his display case and laid them on the counter. He showed me several Walther variations along with a few other brands, and then finally the G19. I smiled and said there it is. As I picked up the G19 I could feel my face contorting a bit as the gun did not feel the same in my hand as did the Walther PPQ M2. So, I asked Mike to put the other handguns away as I had narrowed it down to the PPQ M2. There on the counter in front of me was the Walther PPQ M2 and the Glock G19. I handled each one over and over. I dropped the magazine, manipulated the slide, felt the trigger reset, and then decided I should do more research. I thanked Mike and Angela, went home, and made a post on social media… I started getting all kinds of positive comments and I even had a friend on Facebook offer to let me pick his up and use it before committing to buying one myself.
After listening to my friends rave about the Walther Arms PPQ M2 I began searching for videos comparing it to the Glock G19. I found a video Colion Noir made about the two firearms and I was pretty much convinced that the Walther PPQ M2 was the right purchase for my needs. I’m not really a fan of small firearms (outside of my Smith and Wesson Model 442) and I typically feel more comfortable carrying a medium frame handgun, like the PPQ M2. So, I went back to Positive Control International for another go at handling the guns. I handled the other Walther Arms models but once I picked up the Walther PPQ M2 I knew that it was the right choice for me, so I bought it.
I appreciate the recommendation from my father and the service I received at Positive Control International. There was zero pressure to purchase anything from them and while they made sure I knew they sold Walther Arms products they never pushed the product on me. They simply let the firearm sell itself. Once I was ready, I knew buying the gun from Mike and Angela was the only choice. When you enter Mike and Angela’s shop you cannot help but feel comfortable. Like it’s your neighborhood gun store and you are among friends. My only regret? I missed buying my new Walther during the PCI grand opening, because their Walther representative was there and he had lots of Walther Swag. I missed the Swag!
I own a shotgun that my father gave me when I was about 12 years old. After such a positive experience with Mike and Angela I knew they were the ones to refurbish it for me. I’ve since delivered it to their capable hands and I look forward to seeing Mike’s gun smith work when he is finished with it. Now to put some lead down range.
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