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MPL

MPK

Walther MP
Country of origin

West Germany

Manufacturer(s)

Walther

Production began

1963

Production ended

1985

Weapon type

Submachine gun

Caliber

9x19mm Parabellum

Action

Blowback

Overall length

(Stock open/closed):

  • 659 / 373 mm (25.94/14.7 in) (MPK)
  • 749 / 462 mm (29.4/18.2 in) (MPL)
Barrel length
  • 173 mm (6.8 in) (MPK)
  • 260 mm (10.2 in) (MPL)
Weight
  • 2.8 kg (6.17 lb) (MPK)
  • 3.0 kg (6.6 lb) (MPL)
Magazine/Cylinder capacity

32-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

550 rounds/min

Maximum effective range
  • 100 m (MPK)
  • 200 m (MPL)
Used by

Brazil, Columbia, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa, United States, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe


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


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. 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. 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.

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