Walther PP and Walther PPK

Standard issues of Walther PP and Walther PPK models used in police service around the world

Walther introduced its Walther PP (Polizei Pistole) pistol in 1929, and the weapon is still in production. It was widely used by armed forces and their allies during World War II. The PPK (Polizei Pistole Kurz, or short police pistol)was a more compact version for the use of the police, and especially the plain clothes police, of which Germany had something of a surplus during the 1940s. Introduced in 1931, it has also been waved about in many a spy movie from James Bond down, (Bond has just upgraded to the more recent Walther P99).

Original Walther PP (Polizei Pistol - Police Pistol) manufactured in 1972

Post-war production

These were the first successful double-action automatics. Production ceased after the war but resumed in the mid-1960s, and the Walther PP and Walther PPK have remained in widespread service ever since. The original WaltherPP was offered in the 7.65-mm (0.301-in) and 9-mm Short (0.38-in) calibers; since the 1960s a  version in 0.22-in Long Rifle (5.59-mm) caliber has been widely sold for plinking. A handful of Walther PPs were made in 6.35-mm (0.25-in) caliber before the war. One oddity is the Walther PPK7S, a PP frame with the barrel and slide of the PPK: this was built to get around the 1968 US gun control laws which introduced a minimum size for imported handguns.

Walther PPK featured in James Bond movies - this one in Skyfall

The Walther PP Super has a trigger guard designed for two-handed use and fires the 9-mm Police cartridge. The diminutive Walther TP and Walther TPH versions were discontinued in the 1970s, although they were manufactured under license for a period in the US. All the models operate on a straightforward blowback principle, and good safety arrangements are incorporated. On of these safeties has been widely copied: a block is placed in the way of the firing pin when it moves forward and is removed only when the trigger is given a  definite pull. Another innovation is the incorporation od a signal pin above the hammer, which protrudes when the round is actually in the chamber to provide a positive ‘loaded’ indication. This feature was omitted from production in the course of World War II.

Technical specifications

Walther PPK
Caliber: 7.65-mm
Weight: 0.58 kg (1.28 lb9 empty
Length: 154 mm (6 in) overall;

84 mm (3.31 in) barrel

Magazine capacity: 7 rounds



Among various Walther PPK versions, there is also a popular PPK in .22LR caliber designated as PPK/S. According to the official description, it .22 blends the iconic PPK design with the fun and cost savings of the .22 L.R. The PPK/S .22 (referred also as 22 PPK or PPK 22) is identical to its PPK brother in .380.

But as you can assume you can literally shoot the .22 rimfire for pennies. And of course, a shot and recoil is minimal. As the Walther handguns, PPK/S .22 have good usability and it is great for the whole family. As a quality firearm, you can be proud to own it and someday pass it on to the next generation.

The both Walther PP and Walther PPK are available in various calibers including .22LR, 6.35mm auto (.25 ACP), 7.65x17mm Auto and 9x17mm (.380 ACP).

The Walther PP and Walther PPK were widely used around the world, from Bangladesh to the United States. From local police force to special police units.

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