Walther MP

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Walther MP
Walther MPK.svg
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin  West Germany
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Manufacturer Carl Walther GmbH
Produced 1963—1985[1]
Variants
  • MPK
  • MPL
Specifications
Weight
  • 2.8 kg (6.17 lb) (MPK)[1]
  • 3.0 kg (6.6 lb) (MPL)[2]
Length

(Stock open/closed):

  • 659 / 373 mm (25.94/14.7 in) (MPK)[1]
  • 749 / 462 mm (29.4/18.2 in) (MPL)[1]
Barrel length
  • 173 mm (6.8 in) (MPK)[1]
  • 260 mm (10.2 in) (MPL)[1]

Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum[1]
Action Blowback[2]
Rate of fire 550 rounds/min[1]
Effective firing range
  • 100 m (MPK)[2]
  • 200 m (MPL)[2]
Feed system 32-round detachable box magazine[1]
Sights Iron sights[1]

The Walther MP (Maschinenpistole) series is a family of 9x19mm Parabellum submachine guns produced in West Germany from 1963 to 1985 by Walther.[1]

Variants[edit]

There are two versions of the Walther MP: the MPK (Maschinenpistole Kurz or "short machine pistol") and the MPL (Maschinenpistole Lang or "long machine pistol"). The only difference between MPK and MPL guns is the length of the barrel.[1] They are blowback designs firing from "L"-shaped bolts. The bolts are above the barrel, permitting a shorter receiver. The receiver, made from stamped steel, forms a ventilated cooling jacket and the prominent cocking handle is located on its left front. A selective fire switch is also on the left side of the receiver, behind the trigger.[2]

Both guns feature side-folding buttstocks, made from thin steel tubes, and both guns feature flip-up sights. The MPL has 100 and 200 meter settings.[2]

Users[edit]

Portuguese Marines wield Walther MPLs during a training exercise.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Hogg, Ian (2002). Jane's Guns Recognition Guide. Jane's Information Group. ISBN 0-00-712760-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h http://world.guns.ru/smg/smg39-e.htm
  3. ^ a b c d Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35 edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.
  4. ^ Griswold, Terry and D.M. Giangreco. Delta: America's Elite Counterterrorist Force. Osecola, WI: MBI Publishing Company, 1992. ISBN 0-87938-615-0.

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