- Clear your PPQ – Drop the magazine, lock the slide, visually inspect barrel
- Release the striker
- Move Slide Rearward and Pull down on the take-down catch
- Slide barrel forward and off the slide rails
- Remove recoil guide rod and spring
- Remove the barrel
2. Release The Slide And Reset Striker
3. Using The Take-Down Catch
4. Separate The Slide From The Frame
5. Removing PPQ Guide Rod and Recoil Spring
Removing The Barrel Of Your PPQ
Congratulations, you’ve finished the disassembly of the Walther PPQ M2. You’ve successfully field stripped the weapon for cleaning purposes. Anything beyond this should be done by a gunsmith as special tools including a punch and gunsmith block are required. If you want to know how to further disassemble the Walther PPQ, here’s the company video.
How to Reassemble the Walther PPQ
Getting The Guide Rod To Seat
After you get barrel back into the slide, you’ll need to seat the guide rod/recoil spring assembly back in place. First, you’ll insert the fat end of the assembly into the slide on the muzzle end. Next, you need to get the back of the assembly in place.
Remember that when you removed the spring you had to slightly compress the spring to extract the assembly. Similarly, you need to compress the spring again to seat the spring and guide rod. On the barrel, there is a crescent-shaped cutout (see the image above). The small end of the guide rod will need to sit in that crescent cutout. With the slight compression of the spring there should be a click when the guide rod seats properly.
Attaching PPQ Slide To The Frame
Once you get the PPQ slide put back together, it’s time to attach the slide to the frame. First, find the guide rails on the frame (pictured above). Working from the front of the frame to the back, move the slide so the grooves on the slide align with the guides.
Begin moving the slide rearward, until you are about an inch from the rear of the frame. At this point you will encounter some resistance and you cannot move the slide backward anymore. Compress the top of the slide down, to align the last of the guides. At this point the slide should return to normal function and the take-down catch will re-seat.
Congratulations number 2! You’ve successfully field stripped the Walther PPQ and put it back together. Hopefully this has answered some of your questions about how to field strip the Walther PPQ. Was something not covered here that you’d like to see? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer. If you’re looking for some sweet new holsters for your pistol, check out the list of the 7 best holsters for the Walther PPQ.