Walther GSP

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Walther GSP (Gebrauchs Sport Pistole)
Walther GSP.jpg
A Walther GSP Junior commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Carl Walther Waffenfabrik in 1986.
Type Target pistol
Place of origin  Germany
Production history
Designer Thore Eldh Sweden Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen
Manufacturer Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen
Produced 1968-present
Variants GSP,
GSP-C,
GSP MV,
GSP 25 Jahre (25th Anniversary Model),
GSP Atlanta (1996 Olympics Commemorative),
GSP Expert
Specifications
Weight 42.33 oz (1,200 g) (.22 LR)
45.15 oz (1,280 g) (.32 S&W)[1]
Length 17.19 in (43.7 cm)[1]
Barrel length 4.5276 in (11.500 cm)[1]

Cartridge .22 LR (GSP),
.32 S&W Long (GSP-C)[1]
Action Single-Action [1]
Feed system 5-shot Magazine[1]
Sights Fixed front, fully adjustable rear[1]

The Walther GSP, Gebrauchs Sport Pistole (Sport Pistol for Standard Use), is a single-action, precision target shooting pistol made in Germany by Walther Sportwaffen. It has the same technical base as the Walther OSP and thus is almost identical in outward appearance, albeit slightly longer and heavier than the OSP.

The GSP was introduced on the world market in 1968 and was chambered for .22 Long Rifle. At the end of 1971, Walther began offering the pistol in .32 S&W Long Wadcutter as well. Regardless of its original caliber, conversion units for the other caliber are available and easily interchangeable. The anatomical, adjustable walnut grips were also available, on order from Walther, for left-handed shooters. In 1988, Walther introduced a fully adjustable (for pull, stop, and angle) two-stage trigger that athletes could retrofit their pistols with.

Variants[edit]

Some of the very early GSPs were missing the slide stop lever which wasn't incorporated until the 1970s. The early model GSPs, from 1968 to 1977, had a manual safety catch on the left side of the frame. This feature was omitted in 1977 because it was an unnecessary feature on a competition pistol. Also throughout the years, the design of the ergonomic grips underwent several changes.

The GSP chambered for .32 S&W Long WC, sometime referred to as the GSP-C, was intended for use in competitions that only allowed centerfire cartridges. In 1976, Walther offered the GSP MV, which stands for matt vernickelt (matte nickel finish). The MV models were available in both .22 lr and .32 S&W Long calibers.

In 1992, Walther had a special limited edition of the GSP designated as the 25 Jahre (25th Anniversary Edition). The frame of this model had a nickel finish and the bolt had a gold titanium finish. At the time, these sold for 2,549 Deutsche Marks.

In 1996, Walther produced a GSP Atlanta model commemorating the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. These ones also had the gold titanium finish on the bolt.

Today, there is also a more accurate version available known as the GSP Expert which has a vibration-absorbing plastic sleeve around the barrel.

The Walther GSP is a popular choice for the various 25 m pistol shooting events governed by the ISSF (some contested at the Olympic games). The .22 LR variant was used for the 25 m Pistol (formerly "Sport Pistol"), 25 m Standard Pistol while the .32 caliber variant was used in the 25 m Center-Fire Pistol event.

Under the N.Y Safe Act the Walther GSP is now classified as an assault weapon under N.Y state law. It is also classified as an assault weapon under Chicago and Cook County laws due to the magazine being outside of the pistol grip.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 260. 

Kersten, Manfred (2001). Walther - A German Legend. California: Safari Press. ISBN 1-57157-174-4. 

Gangarosa, Jr., Gene (1999). The Walther Handgun Story. New Jersey: Stoeger Publishing Company. ISBN 0-88317-214-3. 

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