Walther PP

The Walther PP series pistols include the Walther PP, PPK, PPK/S, and PPK/E. They are blowback-operated semiautomatic pistols manufactured by Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen in Germany and under license from Walther in France and the United States. These pistols feature an exposed hammer, a double-action trigger mechanism, a single-column magazine, and a fixed barrel which also acts as the guide rod for the recoil spring. The most common variant is the Walther PPK, the Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell (Police Detective Pistol Model), indicating a more concealable pistol. The PP was released in 1929 and the PPK in 1931; both popular with European police and civilian shooters, for being reliable and concealable. During World War II they were issued to the German military and police, the Luftwaffe, and Nazi Party officials; Adolf Hitler killed himself with his PPK in the Fhrerbunker in Berlin. Moreover, the Walther PPK pistol is fictional secret agent James Bond\'s signature gun in the novels and most films. Fleming\'s choice of the Walther PPK directly influenced its popularity and its notoriety.The PP and the PPK were among the world\'s first, successful double action semi-automatic pistols that were widely copied, but still made by Walther.

Walther PP
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer Walther arms
Origin Germany
Country Name Origin Year
Germany 1929
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
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ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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Walther's original factory was located in Zella-Mehlis in the state (Land) of Thuringia. As that part of Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union following World War II, Walther was forced to flee to West Germany, where they established a new factory in Ulm. For several years following the war, the Allied powers forbade any manufacture of weapons in Germany. As a result, in 1952, Walther licensed production of the PP series pistols to a French company, Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin, also known as Manurhin. The French company continued to manufacture the PP series until 1986.

In 1978, Ranger Manufacturing of Gadsden, Alabama was licensed to manufacture the PPK and PPK/S; this version was distributed by Interarms of Alexandria, Virginia. This license was eventually canceled. Starting in 2002, Smith & Wesson (S&W) began manufacturing the PPK and PPK/S under license. In February 2009, S&W issued a recall for PPKs it manufactured for a defect in the hammer block safety.

Walther has indicated that, with the exception of the PP and the new PPK/E model, S&W is the current sole source for new PPK-type pistols.

Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Germany
Service history
In service 1935–1992
Used by See Users
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer Carl Walther Waffenfabrik
Designed 1929
Manufacturer Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen
Produced 1929–present
Variants PPK, PPK-L, PPKS, PP-Super and PPK/E
Specifications
Weight 665 g (23.5 oz) (PP 9×17mm Short/.380 ACP)
660 g (23 oz) (PP 7.65×17mm Browning SR/.32 ACP)
675 g (23.8 oz) (PP .22 LR)
590 g (21 oz) (PPK 9×17mm Short/.380 ACP)
590 g (21 oz) (PPK 7.65×17mm Browning SR/.32 ACP)
560 g (20 oz) (PPK .22 LR)
635 g (22.4 oz) (PPK/S 9×17mm Short/.380 ACP)
630 g (22 oz) (PPK/S 7.65×17mm Browning SR/.32 ACP)
645 g (22.8 oz) (PPK/S .22 LR)
480 g (17 oz) (PPK-L 7.65×17mm Browning SR/.32 ACP)
450 g (16 oz) (PPK-L .22 LR)
780 g (28 oz) (PP-Super)
Length 170 mm (6.7 in) (PP)
155 mm (6.1 in) (PPK)
156 mm (6.1 in) (PPK/S)
165 mm (6.5 in) (PPK-L)
176 mm (6.9 in) (PP-Super)
Barrel length 98 mm (3.9 in) (PP)
83 mm (3.3 in) (PPK, PPK/S, PPK-L))
92 mm (3.6 in) (PP-Super)
Width 30 mm (1.2 in) (PP, PPK/S, PPK-E)
25 mm (1.0 in) (PPK)
35 mm (1.4 in) (PP-Super)
Height 109 mm (4.3 in) (PP)
100 mm (3.9 in) (PPK)
110 mm (4.3 in) (PPK/S)
113 mm (4.4 in) (PPK-E)
124 mm (4.9 in) (PP-Super)
Cartridge 7.65×17mm Browning SR (.32 ACP)
9×17mm Short (.380 ACP)
.22 Long Rifle
6.35×15mm Browning SR (.25 ACP)
9×18mm Ultra (PP-Super)
Action Straight blowback
Muzzle velocity 256 m/s (840 ft/s) (PP 9×17mm Short/.380 ACP)
320 m/s (1,049.9 ft/s) (PP 7.65×17mm Browning SR/.32 ACP)
305 m/s (1,000.7 ft/s) (PP .22 LR)
244 m/s (800.5 ft/s) (PPK/PPK/S 9×17mm Short/.380 ACP)
308 m/s (1,010.5 ft/s) (PPK/PPK/S/PPK-L 7.65×17mm Browning SR/.32 ACP)
280 m/s (918.6 ft/s) (PPK/PPK/S/PPK-L .22 LR)
325 m/s (1,066.3 ft/s) (PP-Super)
Feed system Magazine capacity:
PP: 10+1 (.22LR), 8+1 (.32 ACP)
7+1 (.380)
PPK: 8+1 (.22 LR), 7+1 (.32 ACP)
6+1 (.380).
Sights Fixed iron sights, rear notch and front blade


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