Walther Shows Off New PDP F-Series & WMP Pistols at NRAAM 2022
Walther was on hand at the NRA’s Annual Meeting in Houston over Memorial Day weekend to give visitors a first-hand look at two of its newest offerings, the 9mm PDP F-Series and the just-releasedWMP chambered in .22 Magnum. Both guns are optics ready, but that’s largely where the similarities stop.
The newer WMP line can host an assortment of plates for your favorite dot and boasts a 15-round magazine. Notably, the pistols are a hammer-fired design for the magnum rimfired cartridge with the hammer itself internally visible at the port in the rear of the slide.
Despite using the smaller round, the guns are noticeably full-sized in the hand and were designed to be both plinkers and controllable self-defense firearms. The handguns also host Walther’s quad mag release, featuring mag release buttons and paddles on both sides of the trigger guard.
Available in both 3.5-inch and 4-inch barrel versions, the striker-fired PDP F-Series extends Walther’s flagship PDP line with an eye toward customizing the grip, trigger pull, and slide-rack weight for smaller hands. The magazine release was moved further back for less thumb reach. Similarly, the trigger geometry was moved back to reduce the overall length of pull.
The grip texture remains the popular and gripy Performance Duty Texture, and the gun still accepts standard PDP mags with a button-release design. A new, Walther-patented operating system reduces the amount of force required to rack the slide by 20 percent.
Also making an appearance was the PDP Pro SD model with a flared magazine well, Dynamic Performance trigger, Gen 2 optics cut, and threaded barrel. Options will include a model with a 4.5-inch barrel and a compact version hosting a 4-inch barrel. Those are still waiting to ship for anyone who wants even more performance out of the already feature-heavy PDP lineup.