Walther PP Pistol Series
The Walther PP and variants are used by the following actors in the following movies, television series, and video games:
Type: Semi-Automatic Pistol
Caliber: .22 LR, .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP,
Capacity: 8 (.32 ACP), 7 (.380 ACP) round magazine (PP) / 7(.32 ACP), 6 (.380 ACP) round magazine (PPK)
Fire Modes: Semiautomatic
- Various German officers in Downfall aka "Der Untergang" (2004)
- Nazi officer in The Pianist (2002)
- Seen as the sidearm of Captain Tessa in Full Metal Panic
- The Walther PPK was manufactured in 6.35mm auto (.25 ACP), 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP) Auto or 9x17mm (.380 ACP).
While the K would commonly stand for kurz, German for "Short", PPK means Polizei Pistole Kriminal, the Criminal Police Pistol, noted by its compact criminal size. The Walther PPK is a shortened version of the Walther PP. Since it was the most common compact pistol of WW2 (for the German forces) it is the most famous as well as being the weapon of choice for fictional British Intelligence (MI-6) officer 007 James Bond.
Note, the K does indeed stand for Kriminal, however, this term needs some fleshing out. It is referred to as Kriminal not because of any preferred usage of smaller guns by Criminals, but because this is the gun issued to the Criminal division, i.e. the people who investigate crimes, which would be termed 'Detectives Division' in most U.S. police forces. Just like most patrolmen in the USA carried a 4 inch revolver at the time, and the Detectives often carried a snub nose revolver (Colt specifically calling theirs the Detective Special) so to did the investigative branch of the German Police desire to carry a smaller version of the full sized patrolman's duty weapon.
- Desperate Hours (1990)
- Dirty Cop in Death Wish 4
- Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as James Bond in all of the films with the exception of Moonraker, Never Say Never Again, Octopussy, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day
- The hoodlum in Lethal Weapon
- Undercover FBI Agent in Face/Off
- A Crimson Jihad terrorist in True Lies (fitted with silencer)
- Noble Willimgham in The Last Boy Scout
- Dan Aykroyd as Judge/'Reeve' Alvin Valkenheiser in Nothing But Trouble (Engraved Stainless version with Ivory Grips)
- Various characters in The Professionals
- SAS troopers in Ultimate Force
- A cloning expert in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
- Bugs (episode "Out Of The Hive")
- Lea Thompson in Tales From The Crypt episode "Only Sin Deep"
- Female serial killer in Criminal Minds
- Backup gun for Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.
- GoldenEye 007 (as the "PP7", available with and without a silencer)
- 007: Nightfire (as the "Wolfram PP7", available with a removable silencer)
- From Russia With Love (as "Wolfram PP7", fitted with silencer for single player and without for multiplayer).
- Scarface: The World is Yours (as the ".38 Auto".)
- Team Fortress 2 (as "Pistol")
- Perfect Dark (as the "PP9i")
- Tomorrow Never Dies (VG) (as the "PK7", always silenced)
- Mitsuru Numai in Battle Royale(Novel)
The PPK was too small for importation into America, so to fix the problem, Walther slapped a PPK slide on a PP frame and built the PPK/S. The most notable way to tell a PPK from a PPK/S is its finish (a PPK/S is far more common as a stainless gun than a PPK) and longer frame spur. Also, Walther did managed to sell more pistols that would otherwise be banned under the harsh rules of GCA-68 by building them domestically (Walther U.S.A.).