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Walther PDP (Performance Duty Pistol)


Semi-Automatic Pistol [ 2021 ]



The Walther PDP succeeded the PPQ model of 2011, bringing with it more modern qualities and increased modularity.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/08/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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The awarding-winning Walther "PDP" ("Performance Duty Pistol") is one of the newest additions to the handgun market by the storied German concern of Walther Arms. At its core, the gun is a conventional semi-automatic (striker-fired, recoil-operated) solution chambered in the ubiquitous 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge. The PDP series overtook the PPQ (detailed elsewhere on MilitaryFactory.com) of 2011 once formally introduced in February of 2021.

Like other modern semi-automatic pistols, the PDP is offered in full-length and compact forms to better suit a demanding market - particularly the law enforcement and civilian firearms market found in the United States.

The handgun has a familiar design form with an angular, ergonomic pistol grip handled, curved trigger unit in a squared-off loop/ring, and a moving slide set over the frame of the gun. The milled slide has fore and aft serrations for improved gripping of the assembly and the ejection port is set to its right. A short section of Picatinny rail is featured under the muzzle for the mounting of aimers and tactical flashlights if desired. The take-down handle is above the trigger while the magazine release is within reach of the operating thumb. Take-down results in the pistol being broken up into five major parts for cleaning and maintenance. Construction is mainly of steel and polymer.

Weight is 1.68lb with an empty magazine inserted. Sighting is through a three dot iron sight arrangement with one component set at the rear of the frame and the other over the muzzle. After-market Glock-type sights are also supported.

Internally, the gun utilizes the short-recoil principle through a locked breech approach. Feeding is by way of a 15- or 18-round detachable box magazine inserted into the grip handle in the usual way. The compact version supports 15 rounds while the full-sized brethren is the full 18-round count.

Variants of the family line include both compact and full-length forms and, within these categories, sub-groups signifying varying barrel lengths (4", 4.5", and 5") and therefore varying ammo counts (the aforementioned 15- or 18-round magazines). The specialized PDP PRO SD is offered in 4" and 4.5" lengths and includes a threaded barrel for a suppressor as well as improvements to the trigger action. Both are 18-round models.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Specifications



Service Year
2021

Origin
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Germany

Classification


Semi-Automatic Pistol


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.


Overall Length
203 mm
7.99 in
Barrel Length
114 mm
4.49 in
Empty Wgt
1.59 lb
0.72 kg
Sights


Iron Front and Rear; Three Dot Sight.


Action


Semi-Automatic; Short-Recoil; Striker-Fired

Semi-Automatic
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


9x19mm Parabellum

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed


15- or 18-round detachable box magazine (moderl-dependent).
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
PDP (Performance Duty Pistol) - Base Series Name.
PDP Compact - Base compact model; 4" barrel; 15-round magazine.
PDP Compact 5" - Lengthened slide; 5" barrel; 15-round magazine.
PDP PRO SD Compact 4" - Threaded 4" barrel; 18-round magazine..
PDP Full Size 4" - Base full-sized form; 4" barrel; 18-round magazine.
PDP Full Size 4.5" - Lengthened slide and 4.5" barrel; 18-round magazine.
PDP Full Size 5" - Full-sized variant; 18-round magazine.
PDP PRO SD Full Size 4.5" - Threaded 4.5" barrel; 18-round magazine.


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