Walther P88

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Walther P88
Walther P88 compact.JPG
P88 Compact
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  West Germany
Production history
Designer Carl Walther GmbH
Designed 1988
Manufacturer Carl Walther GmbH
Produced 1988–1996
Variants P88 Compact, P88 Champion, P88 Sport
Specifications
Weight 568 g (20.0 oz)
Length P88: 187 mm (7.4 in)
P88 Compact: 181 mm (7.1 in)
Barrel length P88: 102 mm (4.0 in)
P88 Compact: 97 mm (3.8 in)

Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum
.22 Long Rifle
Action Short recoil operated, locked breech
Effective firing range 60 m, 67 yd (9x19mm Parabellum)
Feed system 15-round detachable box magazine
Sights Front blade, rear notch

The Walther P88 is a semiautomatic pistol developed by the Walther company of Germany in 1988,[1] hence the model name P88. Its main feature is a high-capacity double-stacked magazine designed for military and law enforcement use.

In 1996, Walther discontinued the pistol in favour of the slightly lighter and smaller P88 Compact, which was also cheaper to manufacture.[1]

The Walther P88 is highly prized among collectors and sport shooters due to its superb accuracy (1.5 to 2 inch groups at 25 yards) and high-quality construction.[citation needed]

Variants[edit]

Comparison (from left to right) SIG Sauer P226, TZ 99 (CZ 99), Walther P88, Bersa Thunder 9

P88 Compact[edit]

Lighter and a bit smaller with only minor differences.

The standard P88 was heavily criticised for being bulky, heavy and expensive; the Compact solved none of these issues. There were many complaints about the full-size model's slide stop as well. It was thought to be hard to reach and manipulate, requiring the user to shift the gun in hand to operate. This was corrected with the P88 Compact at the expense of losing a very popular feature: its unique combination ambidextrous decocker and slide release. It was replaced with a CZ 99-style combination decocker and conventional slide stop/release. This allowed the pistol to function as a DAO (double action only) or conventional DA/SA.[citation needed]

Both these pistols are fully ambidextrous with the exception of the compact's slide stop/release. Full ambidextrous control was an industry first and the original P88 likely would have sold well were it not for the high cost. Both models remain collectible.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b world.guns.ru Modern Firearms - Walther P-88 (Germany)

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