Walther's Q5 Match SF ‘Black Tie’ is a Classy Beast
Walther sure is playing on their ties with James Bond. The “Black Tie” edition is one of four new Meister Manufaktur pistols from Walther and built around their Q5 Match SF model. Cased in blue velvet and sporting a black and silver aesthetic, this release is all about elegant looks and performance.
When Walther originally released the SF back in 2020 (before 2020 took a turn), it brought the Q5 handgun to a whole new level. As someone who competed with the PPQ M2 for three years, I was pretty excited for this release but ended up not purchasing one due to limited availability. Two years later, to say having the opportunity to shoot the fancy Black Tie edition was exciting would be an understatement.
What Makes the “Black Tie” Unique
Mainly, the Black Tie hooks people with its looks. It is hard not to envy the Tenifer-treated carbon-steel frame, billet-steel slide, barrel, and base plates. The parts are Stinox coated, which gives that nice satin finish. The final product is a gun that has superior hardness and corrosion resistance.
The grips are unique in that they are made from one solid piece of aluminum. Walther also upped the ante with their new Dynamik performance trigger. Lastly, the Black Tie comes in at 5 ounces heavier than the standard SF, which is the result of the steel magazine well, base plates, and slightly heavier sights. I’ve listed some additional specs below:
Opening the briefcase-like box holding the Black Tie is almost like opening a fine present. Walther put a great amount of attention to detail into it, and it shows. Lifting the Black Tie from its blue-velvet cradle, one may not notice the slight weight difference, but you can absolutely feel the ergonomics this gun offers. A deep beavertail and trigger undercut allow for a nice high grip.
A big improvement over the Q5 is the flared steel magwell. One thing I will note is that out of the box you should add a drop of Loctite to the magwell screw. It was wobbly before even shooting and, apparently, its looseness is a somewhat known issue.
The aluminum grips have checkering that provides really good traction but are not overly aggressive per se. This checkering continues on with the frame, which you can see both on the front of the grip and trigger guard. Serrations in the slide reduce weight where needed. It’s all topped off with blacked-out match-grade sights.
Shooting the Black Tie
Despite the very upscale look, which might make some people want to leave the Black Tie in the box, this gun wants to be run on the range. However, beware, that beautiful finish does leave behind smudges when in use. With the SF model, Walther has found a certain balance that can be felt when holding this gun. That easily translates into how it handles on the range. I believe you can hand an SF to even the most amateur of shooters, and they would easily nail targets with it.
The match-grade sights line up naturally, and the Dynamik trigger makes breaking off clean shots second nature. Walther said this trigger is an improvement over the previous one. But, to be honest, I did not notice a difference. Even so, I’m a firm believer that outside of the 1911 world, Walther offers the best factory triggers, something that is hard to argue against.
The Q5 Match SF is a proven competition gun, and the Meister Manufaktur releases take it up a few notches. Over the last 113 years, Walther has made some of the most recognizable designs in the industry, and additions like the Black Tie to their lineage will surely continue their reputation.