Walter has a long and highly respected history of innovation when it comes to defensive handguns. In fact, the company’s roots go back to 1886. In 1929, it offered the first practical double-action semi-auto pistol in its PP model, which was closely followed by the PPK in 1931. Walther’s success with both pistols early on led to the development of the P.38 double-action pistol that replaced the iconic Luger as the primary issued German sidearm of World War II. After the war, Walther production was carried on for several years under an arrangement with Manhurin in France, eventually returning to Germany with upgraded versions of the P.38. While the company has never been one to release new guns every month, it has carried on steadily over the years with high-quality centerfire pistols, both in Germany and with licensing collaborations here in the United States …

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