Carl Walther GmbH

<tr class="note"> <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Type</th> <td>Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH)</td> </tr> <tr class="note"> <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Founded</th> <td>Founded 1886 in Zella-Mehlis; Factory destroyed in World War II; New corporation founded in 1953 in Ulm</td> </tr> <tr> <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Headquarters</th> <td class="adr">Ulm, Germany</td> </tr> <tr class="note">

 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Key people</th>
 <td>Carl Walther, Fritz Walther</td>
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 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Industry</th>
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 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Products</th>
 <td>Firearms, weapons</td>
 <th style="text-align:right; padding-right:0.75em;">Website</th>
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Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen or Walther is a German arms manufacturer. For more than 100 years, Walther made major breakthroughs in the development of pistols. Some are legendary, like the PPK and the P99 — both pistols of choice for the fictional character James Bond — and the P38, often used by Nazi movie villains.

Pronunciation of the name Walther Edit

In German, w sounds like /v/ and th sounds like /t/. However, it is common for English speakers not familiar with German phonology to pronounce the w and th in the usual English manner. (As for the -er ending, both German and English have several typical variations, depending on the speaker's regional accent.)


The firm was founded in 1886 by Carl Walther in Zella-Mehlis, Thuringia. The company originally manufactured hunting and target rifles. It was not until 1908 that, under the initiative of Fritz Walther, the oldest son of Carl Walther, they began to make pistols. Models 1 through 9 were in calibers 6.35 and 7.65. In 1929 they began to make the popular 'police pistols" or PP models. This was followed in 1931 by the first of the PPKs (Polizeipistole, Kriminalmodell). The PP models were the first mass produced pistols with stamped parts, but the high quality of production made them a favorite to replace the P-08 Luger. In 1938 the German Reich awarded the contract for that replacement to Walther for the 9mm P38 with a weight of 960 g.

After WWII, Walther was reduced to just a collection of designs and patents. But Fritz Walther started anew and began manufacturing in Ulm in southern Germany. The company resumed production of the P38 (renamed as the P1) in 1957 in order to equip the new West German Army, the Bundeswehr, with sidearms. When Fritz Walther died in December 1966, his son, Karl-Heinz, took over the company, which then concentrated on the sports sector and the introduction of new technologies. In 1993 the Walther firm was acquired by Umarex of Arnsberg, who continued to manufacture under the Walther name in Ulm and Arnsberg.

Products Edit

Handguns Edit


Walther P99 9x19mm

Walther P99


Submachineguns Edit

Rifles Edit

Knives Edit

Walther makes a line of tactical knives.

Gun Replicas Edit

Air gun replicas are made by Umarex Sportwaffen GMBH & CO. KG and imported into the United States by their subsidiary, Umarex USA.

External linksEdit

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