Walther announces its first .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire pistol: the WMP ("Walther Magnum Pistol") is a perfect companion for training, plinking, competition, and for the great outdoors
Walther debuts on the market of .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire handgun with the Walther WMP semi-automatic pistol: designed and engineer to reprise the well-known and appreciated ergonomics and the manual of arms of Walther's own PPQ, PPS and PDP striker-fired centerfire service and defensive handguns, the "Walther Magnum Pistol" is a perfect choice for a broad range of uses, from plinking to serious training and competition, down to small-game hunting and protection against animals in the great outdoors thanks to the extra power factor of the snappy .22 WMR cartridge.
Like Walther's own, previous rimfire pistol – the .22 Long Rifle model P22 – the new WMP isn't a striker-fired design, opting instead for a hammer-fired, 2 kg / 4.5 lbs pull trigger. The polymer frame features Walther's typical ergonomic grip and a Picatinny rail for tactical accessories.
Other features of the Walther WMP include three automatic safeties – including a trigger safety – and the new 4U magazine release system: the WMP features the classic German paddle magazine release and "American-style" magazine release button, on both sides, making it perfect for both left-handed and right-handed shooters.
The slide stop release catch is likewise ambidextrous; the only control that is located on one side of the frame only (more specifically, the left side) is the disassembly lever.
The Walther WMP features a matte black aluminum slide, with a set of aggressive front and rear serrations for easier manual cocking, and a set of three frontal lightening cuts on both sides. Also featured on the slide are a fixed front post sight with a fiber-optic insert; a serrated, dovetailed rear sight with two white dots; and a modular, machined micro red dot interface right in front of the rear sight, protected by a removable plate, and compatible with a vast number of some of the most popular MRDS models currently available on the global markets.
The Walther WMP pistol feeds through single-stack magazines, offering a capacity of ten or fifteen rounds depending from local laws and regulations.
Unlike the previous P22, the new Walther Magnum Pistol does not feature a magazine disconnect feature thar prevents the gun from firing when the magazine is removed.
The new Walther WMP is 208 mm / 8.2" long overall, and features a 11,43 cm / 4.5" barrel with a fluted chamber for enhanced compatibility with a vast majority of factory .22 WMR loads. The Winchester Magnum Pistol weighs in at 788 grams (27.8 oz) overall with an empty magazine.
As we write, the Walther WMP is available on the north American market at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $549.00 for the US market. More information concerning the availability and pricing of the WMP on the global markets should be made available shortly.