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New Walther WMP

Walther has made a surprising release, the WMP or Walther Magnum Pistol. Optics ready, featuring both button and paddle magazine releases, true ambidextrous controls, and packing 15 rounds of 22 Magnum.

Specs and information below comes directly from the Walther press release. We've not had a chance to review this pistol yet but it certain is interesting. 22 Magnum is a fun round for various applications. For self defense some consider it marginal, but modern ammunition loads have brought the round a long ways. Most importantly, a pistol that is easy to rack, light weight, and has negligible recoil is more likely to be carried and used than the opposite. As a firm believer that any caliber is better than no caliber, and that being able to confidently land hits beats nervous misses, I'm not one to question this concept as a carry gun for those who need it. I'm certainly not volunteering to be shot with .22 Magnum.

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

From Walther:


Walther Arms, Inc. 7700 Chad Colley Boulevard Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916

NEW .22 MAGNUM Pistol from Walther

LIGHTWEIGHT. RUGGED. READY FOR ADVENTURE. In life, sometimes the unexpected can happen. Whether it’s an opportunity for fun and recreation or maybe even a life-threatening situation, it’s your duty to be READY. So, when it’s time to hit the outdoors and you need a reliable firearm at your side, the Walther Magnum Pistol (WMP), 22 magnum semi-automatic is the only choice. This isn’t just another target practice plinker, this pistol is a high quality, lightweight, easy-to-shoot and affordable option for shooters who want to stay READY while maintaining an active lifestyle.

Walther’s unmatched quality sets this slide-mounted red dot rimfire pistol apart from the competition with a wide range of features. Featuring an optics ready slide, best-in-class ergonomics, and even a first-time patented ambidextrous reloading mechanism including both the paddle and button release. With 4 total activation points, the Quad release mechanism is the most versatile ambidextrous mag release ever created. Together, all these features help to give shooters a truly premium experience. With two 15-round magazines and 2 optics adaptor plates included plus easy field strip capabilities, unparalleled accuracy and ultra-low recoil, this pistol is READY right out of the box to tackle any adventure you set out on.

Walther Vice President of Marketing and Product Development, Jens Krogh had this to say about it, “The WMP puts Walther in a whole new Category, this pistol is a completely new Platform and is a game changer for us and our customers. We have worked tirelessly to create the most reliable and ergonomically correct .22 Magnum pistol ever made and it turned out perfect.”

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Peter Monck
Peter Monck
May 26, 2022

Impressive pistol.


Can't go wrong with a Walther. I would definitely choose the Walther over the Keltec pmr 30. The fact that its optic ready is awesome. 15 rds of 22 magnum is nothing to scoff at. I would carry it for self defense. It would be good for kids, people with limited strength,, or first time shooters. Curious about the size of it. I can't wait to see your tabletop & shooting impressions. Hurry up & get the review posted.


Walther WMP in 22WMR... I love how folks think that every round BUT the one they prefer is "inferior". 1500 feet per second is nothing to be trifled with! A lightweight gun with manageable recoil firing a round no one wants to get hit with... I'll bite!

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