All Walther Models & Top Firearms Produced – A Detailed View of an Impressive Portfolio
Known formally as Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen, Walther is a German firearm brand with an incredible history of nearly 150 years. The company has produced different types of firearms in Germany for about 100 years.
Using concentration camp prisoners during World War II, the main factory was completely razed to the ground when the Germans lost. However, Walther started a new in 1953 and began its production of previously patented firearms.
Walther was acquired by a PW Group subsidiary in 1993, but continued to produce guns under its original name. Today, it has a subsidiary in the USA as well, which is solely responsible for importing Walther firearms.
Over its impressive history, the brand has developed numerous Walther models, from handguns and rifles to submachine guns and shotguns. Here is a list of Walther pistols and other firearms that helped the brand gain international recognition.
Target Walther pistol models are not as varied as other categories. They're still widely used across the world, but mainly for training purposes. Some of these pistols are known for their impressive reliability in target acquisition.
- OSP is chambered in a .22 Short caliber and was designed for official competitions. It quickly became a winning pick due to its incredible accuracy. It has a single action mechanism. Its production ceased in 1992.
- GSP is a semi-automatic unit in production since 1968. Initially, the pistol was offered in the .22 Long Rifle caliber. In 1971, Walther brought in the .32 S&W caliber too. Other calibers are available these days, with simple and quick adjustments.
- SSP was created as an alternative to the classic OSP as soon as target competitions changed some of the rules. As the OSP was no longer able to compete, SSP was brought in with a few adjustments. It’s known for its reliability in rapid fire competitions.
- Olympia was designed in 1936 and quickly became one of the most popular Walther handgun models due to its dependence. It was available in a series of different variants, with M1925 being the original one.
- CSP is an improved version of the Olympia. Overtime, it’s been released a few different times, but under different variants and with slight adjustments. The Dynamic variant gained more popularity than others.
Competition air pistols
The list of Walther pistols also includes a few competition models. Competitive guns normally come with a few specifications that make them unsuitable for other uses. From some points of view, they’re a bit similar to target pistols.
- LP300 is a first class competition air pistol that features a mechanical trigger. Like other air pistols from Walther, its trigger doesn’t always hold the settings very well, so many users choose to replace it with a different one.
- LP400 is mainly recommended for beginners. You’re likely to find it in many gun clubs. It’s one of the most affordable air pistols from Walther, bringing in just the right features for an effective experience.
- LP500 is available in a few different colors, such as blue angel or black walnut. It’s one of the most advanced Walther models in terms of air pistols and features a mechanical trigger, a dry firing mode, and a rotatable sight. It comes in more variants.
From all the Walther gun models out there, the German manufacturer has mainly focused on cartridge pistols. Often referred to as police pistols, these units are widely used all over the world by various police forces.
- SP22 is a semi-automatic unit chambered in the .22 LR caliber. It’s often used in sports and competitions. All internal components are based on steel, hence its durability. Produced between 2008 and 2010, it has more variants.
- Model 4 is based on a patent obtained by Walther in 1911. It’s one of the oldest pistols produced by the German brand and better known for the simple design.
- Model 8 was made for a couple of decades, until 1940. It’s very easy to disassemble, as it only comes with a few different parts. It’s chambered in the .25 ACP caliber.
- Model 9 is chambered in the same cartridge and was made until 1945. It has a striker, rather than an internal hammer. While more compact, it’s less reliable than Model 8.
- PP comes in a bunch of different variants. It’s in production since 1929 and was used in a few wars. All pistols under this name are semi-automatic, and blowback operated.
- PPK is often referred to as a variant of PP. Compared to the original pistol, this one has a short grip and a lower magazine capacity. It’s basically a smaller variant.
- P38 is one of the most popular Walther 9mm pistol models. It was a top choice during World War II, and it's still in production today. The first model came out in 1939.
- TPH goes hand in hand with TP. Both pistols are compact, lightweight, and easy to conceal. They use the .22 LR and .25 ACP calibers.
- P1 is very often referred to as a P38 variant, although it has a bunch of unique features. It has an aluminum frame and was used by the German police until 2004.
- P4 is similar. It’s practically an improved version of the P38. It was produced in the 1970s and became the primary option for police forces in a few German states, as well as South Africa.
- P5 is one of those Walther 9mm pistol models designed for police forces. It was produced until 1993 in a few different variants, including a compact one.
- P88 is a semi-automatic unit chambered in the 9x19mm Parabellum and .22 LR cartridges. It has more variants, including Standard, Compact, and Competition.
- P99 came in to replace the outdated P38 and P55. This pistol is also made by Fabryka Broni Radom in Poland under license. It's been in service since 1999.
- P22 can operate at double or single action. Using the .22 LR rimfire ammo, it’s been introduced in 2002.
- PDP is a 9mm unit and became a flagship for Walther as soon as it came out. It was introduced to replace the outdated PPQ. It features a modular design, easy to assemble and disassemble.
- PPS was made between 2003 and 2007 for both civilians and law enforcement forces. It uses the 9mm and .40 S&W calibers.
- PK380 uses the .380 Auto cartridge and represents an updated version of the P22, which is also based on the P99. It’s been made since 2009.
- PPQ comes in a few different chamberings and was designed for police forces and civilian uses. It was discontinued in 2021, after a decade of continuous production. There are more Walther PPQ models and variants out there.
- Creed is a semi-automatic pistol made exclusively for the North American market. It was made between 2016 and 2019 in the 9mm caliber.
- Q5 Match is based on the PPQ. It gained notoriety for having one of the most reliable triggers ever made.
- PPX was made until 2016 in two calibers, 9x19mm Parabellum and .40 S&W. It was a low cost unit, but it got the job done.
- CCP was specifically manufactured for the civilian market. It has a concealed profile, and it has been in production since 2014.
- FP60 was initially produced by Hämmerli, an originally Swiss firearm manufacturer, now German. The production was discontinued before Walther took over.
- Q4 SF is among the modern Walther models. It weighs around 40 ounces, and it's made from a single piece of steel. It has little to no recoil and offers great stability.
- WMP stands for Walther Magnum Pistol and is more common among civilians. It’s easy to shoot, lightweight, and built with value for money in mind.
With an obvious focus on pistols of different sizes, uses, and calibers, Walther hasn’t really given the submachine market too much attention.
The German manufacturer has only developed one submachine gun, the MP family of 9x19mm Parabellum guns.
In service since 1993, the submachine gun has two variants. MPK is a short machine pistol, while MPL represents the larger variant.
The main difference is in the barrel length. At the same time, MPL also comes with 100 and 200-meter settings for the iron sights.
Walther has always competed on the target market out there, regardless of the firearm type. From all the Walther models out there, there were only three target rifles produced by the German manufacturer.
- KK200 is a bolt action unit relying on the .22 LR caliber. It was the primary option for reputable sports shooters and brought in plenty of models.
- KK300 is an upgraded variant but often referred to as a weaker version of the KK200 due to the mechanical changes.
- KK500 is known as the expert version in terms of target rifles. It has impressive shooting precision, an ergonomic stock, and a reliable trigger.
Air rifles from Walther are famous for their high level of comfort. They feel comfortable, easy to shoot, and offer great reliability.
- Reign M2 Bullpup is lightweight and easy to handle. It’s ideal for small games, as well as target shooting. It features a stunning short bullpup design and feels like an extension of your body.
- LGR was made between 1974 and 1989. It used 4.5mm diabolo air gun pellets and changed the competition world when it was first introduced.
- LGV is probably the most versatile air rifle among Walther models. It's good looking, sturdy, reliable, and excellent for hunting and competitions. It uses the .177 caliber.
- LG300 is a PCP rifle running with diabolo air gun pellets. It also uses the .177 caliber, and it's known for winning a few competitions.
- LG400 was introduced in 2010 to replace LG300. Initially designed for indoor competitions, it’s been through a few upgrades and can also be used outdoors.
Apart from these top categories, Walther has also produced a few unique firearms, each of them with its own set of particularities and requirements.
- Gewehr 41 was produced in Nazi Germany throughout World War II. The rifle was also made by Mauser, but with some differences. Both rifles worked with the 7.92x57mm Mauser ammunition.
- Gewehr 43 was similar and chambered for the same caliber. It came with a few improvements though, which were considered highly innovative back then.
- MKb 42(W) was an assault rifle produced in 1942. Only 200 such rifles were produced, so they’re considered collectibles today.
- G22 is a semi-automatic gun using the .22 LR cartridge. Based on steel and polymer, it has a bullpup design.
- WA 2000 is a bullpup sniper rifle. It’s semi-automatic and quite difficult to find, with less than 200 units produced between 1982 and 1988.
Shotgun have never really been a priority for the German firearm manufacturer. However, Walther has designed one model only.
The so-called Walther automatic shotgun was made between 1921 and 1931 only. Around 5,000 to 6,000 units were made.
The self-loading shotgun was very similar to Browning Auto-5 in terms of style and appearance. It was chambered for 12 gauge and 16 gauge.
Bottom line, this is a complete list of Walther firearms. From pistols and target rifles to competition air pistols and police pistols, the German manufacturer has gained notoriety with its high quality standards and reliable firearms.
Some of them are still being made today, while others were made in limited editions, so they’re quite difficult to find today.