Walther PP & PPK Police Pistols

The following report on the Walther PP & PPK Pistols was published in Foreign Military Weapons and Equipment, Vol. III, Infantry Weapons, Pamphlet No. 30-7-4, Department of the Army, 1954.

7.65-mm Walther Pistols Model PP and PPK

Walther PPK Pistol

The Walther models PP and PPK were the official German police side arms from 1929 until VE-day. Both models were widely adopted by the police departments in numerous other European countries. They are almost identical in appearance, but the model PP is 5/8-inch longer and weighs 4½ ounces more than the PPK. A loading-pin indicator, similar to that found on the Walther P-38, is found on both models of this weapon produced prior to World War II, but on many wartime models of the PPK no indicator pins were furnished. Because of the excellent balance, dependability, and compactness these pistols were widely used by German military personnel. Both models are recognized by: (1) Their streamlined receivers; (2) a barrel which protrudes beyond the forward end of the slide; (3) and a barrel mounted solidly to the receiver.


Walther PP and PPK Police Pistol


System of operation   Straight blowback; double action
Caliber  7.65-mm (cal. .301)
          PP  650 g (1.3 lb)
          PPK  530 g (1.1 lb)
          PP  711 g (1.5 lb)
          PPK  591 g (1.2 lb)
Length over-all:   
     PP  170-mm (6.6 in)
     PPK  150-mm (5.9 in)
Length of barrel:   
     PP  98-mm (3.2 in)
     PPK  83-mm (3.2 in)
Feeding device  8-round magazine (for both models)
     Front  Fixed blade
     Rear  Fixed, open U-notch
Muzzle velocity:   
     PPK  280 m/s (913 fps)
     PP  289 m/s (920 fps)
Effective rate of fire   8-16 rpm
Effective range   50 m (aprx 55 yd)
Ammunition   7.65-mm Browning Short (U.S. cal. 32 ACP pistol ball will also function)


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