Hwansik 'Chic' Kim grew up in South Korea and moved to Washington state 5 years ago. He was introduced to pistol shooting and practical shooting competitions in 2014. Chic immediately fell in love and decided that he would train with the goal to become an IPSC world champion. He really enjoys shooting the Walther PPQ Q5 Match.
"I like how it is capable of shooting both iron sights and optic sights. I also like the slide cuts, the trigger with a crisp break and positive reset, fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight makes the gun competition ready from the factory."
I’m Loren Pendergrass and I grew up in Muldrow,OK and I currently live in Barling, AR. Through my school years, I played several different sports, but it wasn’t until my early adult years that I became interested in shooting. After trying several different shooting sports I stumbled across USPSA and quickly became addicted. Since joining USPSA in 2012, I have since earned master class status in production division. I hope to achieve grandmaster status in 2017 using my Walther Q5 Match. The Q5 is the best out of the box production or carry optics gun on the market due to its awesome trigger, sights, and ergonomics. I am excited to be part of the Walther shooting team and look forward to a busy year of shooting.
Michelle Waldran was born in Seoul, Korea but calls Tulsa, Oklahoma her home.
Initially she wanted to be more proficient with a handgun for self protection, an interest that quickly became her passion when she took a TDSA advanced handgun class. Several classes later, Michelle knew she wanted become a handgun instructor and teach other women about firearms.
"I discovered 3 Gun in the fall of 2013 when I went to watch an event. There I met two pro shooters, Taran Butler and Diana Liedorff Muller who encouraged me to try it. After watching several matches and seeing the camaraderie between the shooters decided to participate.
I fell in love with the Walther PPQ the minute I wrapped my petite hands around the ergonomic grip and found that I could still reach the mag release without breaking my grip. This is a huge deal for me, especially in competition when every second counts. No other full size handgun was able to deliver this feature. Now that I found my perfect handgun, I hope to continually improve my game!"
Chris Keller has enjoyed shooting for as long as he can remember. He didn’t start shooting competitively until a few years ago, a friend of his told him that he should give it a try because he was an accurate shot. He started competing in IDPA, and quickly realized the dynamics involved and just how difficult it really was. Chris fell in love with action pistol shooting and has been shooting it ever since, making Master within his first 9 months and now making a transition into competing more in USPSA where he have been shooting Production Master since 2014.
"In the six or so years I have been competing, I have made many friends both locally and around the country. First time holding the Walther, I could instantly tell how good the trigger was. Sight alignment was easy, as it pointed naturally for me, so indexing was easy. Pistol is 100% reliable, and is extremely comfortable to shoot. I am confident this is going to be my best year."
Albert Salinas is a USPSA Master Class Production shooter and currently competes in USPSA and Steel Challenge. He was born and raised in South Texas and after graduating from college, began his career in law enforcement. Albert began shooting pistols competitively as a chance to get some extra range time and it was at this time he was bitten by the competitive bug. As a career Texas law enforcement officer he as always enjoyed firearms training and competition.
Scott Lewis served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. He is a Lieutenant and a 27-year veteran of the Springdale Police Department. Scott is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class #258. He spent 12 Years on the SWAT team and is a Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor. He also is the owner of "Lewis Security Services and Training LLC" where he helps people become proficient and confident with their firearms in any situation. When Scott is not out protecting, and training the citizens of NW Arkansas he enjoys shooting IDPA.
"Why I love shooting my Walther... I love the dependability. All you have to do is feed it. It keeps running no matter what. And of course, the GRIP and TRIGGER!!"
Cody Osborn is a graduate from Texas A&M University, where he earned a master's degree in education. He lives in Muskogee, OK and shoots USPSA and IDPA competitions across the U.S. Cody picked up competitive shooting in 2013 as a hobby to become more effective with a firearm. The hobby turned into more because of his competitive nature and willingness to learn from those who were better than him.
Daniel Thompson lives in the Houston, TX area. He has been shooting USPSA and IDPA for about two years. Daniel has advanced quickly in the sport by spending a lot of time behind the trigger.
He feeds off the competitive atmosphere and enjoys pushing himself to perform at the highest level he is capable of at every match. The Q5 Match gives him confidence in knowing it was designed to compete at that same level.