Walther P5 commercial
Just above 100.000 P5 pistols were produced by the Walther company from 1978 and onwards. Bulk production ended around 1993 but production of small orders of these pistols went on untill the early years of the new decennia. The biggest customer was the Dutch Police with a total order of ±50,000 guns.
More than a few technical changes were implemented over the years to re-inforce weak points or to increase the weapon user-friendliness. An initial study to assess the technical changes of the P5 design was undertaken by Mr. Dieter H. Marschall. The Walther factory provided him with an overview of the technical changes with respect to the production dates and he reported this data in his book “Walther pistols: model 1 through P99”. Based on this information it is concluded that 8 variations of the Walther P5 exist when we consider the technical changes as different variations. These 8 variations exclude prototypes and other oddities outside the “conventional” serial range.
In this section, these changes are discussed in more detail and backed up with pictures.