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Walther MPL

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    MP3 (MPL in German police service)
    MP4 (MPK in German police service)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1950's - early 1960's

  • DESIGNER
    Walther

  • PRODUCTION
    1963 - 19

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Carl Walther

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Simple and rugged design
    Controllable automatic fire
    Heavy due to all steel construction

Introduction

The MPL is an early Cold War era sub machine gun of German origin. It was developed in the early 1960's by Walther. The name stands for Machinenpistole Lang, German for long machine pistol. The shorter model is known as the MPK.

Design

The MPL is a select-fire blowback operated sub machine gun. It uses a stamped steel receiver and has a side folding steel wireframe buttstock. The barrel is surrounded by a metal cooling jacket.

Firepower

The MPL fires the 9x19mm NATO round from a 32 round magazine. It is a select-fire weapon that fires semi-automatic or full automatic at a manageable rate of fire of 550 rpm. The maximum effective range is quoted as 200 meters for the MPL and 100 meters for the shorter barreled MPK.

Users

The MPL was adoptedby West Germany for law enforcement and navy use. The MPL and MPK were exported, mostly to South America. Nowadays the MPL is no longer in first line service.

Variants

Walther MPL and MPK

The Walther MPL and MPK are basic and solid sub machine guns. They are easily identified by their slotted metal barrel shrouds and steel wireframe buttstock.

MPK: Short model Walther sub machine gun. The name stands for Machinenpistole Kurz, German for short machine pistol.
MPL: Long model Walther sub machine gun. The name stands for Machinenpistole Lang, German for long machine pistol.

TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine32 round detachable box
OperationGas operated, simple blowback
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire550 rpm
Barrel length260 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length749 mm / 462 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.0 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 100 and 200 m gradation
Remarks-
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine32 round detachable box
OperationGas operated, simple blowback
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire550 rpm
Barrel length173 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length659 mm / 373 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.83 kg empty
SightsIron sights, 100 m gradation
Remarks-

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