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Walther PP

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    PP / Polizei Pistole, police pistol
    L47A1 (UK service)

  • DESIGNED
    1929 - 1931

  • DESIGNER
    Walther

  • PRODUCTION
    1930 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    France - Manurhin
    Germany - Walther
    Turkey - MKEK
    USA - Ranger Manufacturing
    USA - Smith & Wesson

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Small and concealable
    High quality production
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited power
    Small magazine size

Introduction

The Walther Polizei Pistole (PP) is a small pre World War 2 era pistol of German origin. It was developed for police use and was introduced in 1929. The even smaller PPK was developed for concealed carry. The PP was the world's first truly successful double action pistol.

Design

The PP is a small blowback operated double action pistol. It is fully made out of metal and has plastic grip plates. The fixed barrel doubles as a guide for the recoil spring. An extension on the magazine improves the grip.

Firepower

The PP is a semi-automatic pistol and fires the 7.65x17mm round from a 8 round magazine or the .380 ACP from a 7 round magazine. The PPK holds one round less in each caliber. The effective range is a few dozen meters.

Users

The PP and PPK proved to be very popular among law enforcement and civilians and large quantities have been produced. The PP was produced under license in France after World War 2, mainly for export. The PP has been replaced by newer pistol in most Western countries, but in other countries the PP is still a common police sidearm.

Variants

PP

The Walther PP is the original full size model, yet even the full size model is pretty small. The weapon is fully made out of metal, except for the plastic grip plates. It is available in both 7.65x17mm and .380 ACP.

TypePistol
Caliber7.65x17mm Browning
Magazine8 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length99 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity320 m/s
Stock-
Length173 mm
Width30 mm
Height109 mm
Weight0.660 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.380 ACP
Magazine7 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length99 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity256 m/s
Stock-
Length173 mm
Width30 mm
Height109 mm
Weight0.665 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

PPK

The PPK is the smaller and shorter version of the PP. It features a smaller and shorter slide. The magazine holds one less bullet in each caliber and is fitted with an extension to retain a good grip. The PPK-L model is a light weight model with an aluminum slide. It is only available in 7.65mm.

TypePistol
Caliber7.65x17mm Browning
Magazine7 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length86 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity308 m/s
Stock-
Length155 mm
Width25 mm
Height100 mm
Weight0.568 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.380 ACP
Magazine6 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length86 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity244 m/s
Stock-
Length155 mm
Width25 mm
Height100 mm
Weight0.590 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber7.65x17mm Browning
Magazine7 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length86 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity308 m/s
Stock-
Length155 mm
Width25 mm
Height100 mm
Weight0.480 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

PPK/S

The PPK/S is a modified PPK for export sales in the USA. It was developed to meet the requirements of the US 1968 Gun Control Act. The PPK/S is slightly longer and heavier than the PPK and holds one extra bullet in each caliber.

TypePistol
Caliber7.65x17mm Browning
Magazine7 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length86 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity308 m/s
Stock-
Length156 mm
Width30 mm
Height110 mm
Weight0.630 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.380 ACP
Magazine6 rounds
OperationBlowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length86 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity244 m/s
Stock-
Length156 mm
Width30 mm
Height110 mm
Weight0.635 kg
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

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