Volkspistole (the people's pistol.)
Type Automatic Pistol
Place of origin  Germany
Service history
Used by Volkssturm
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1944-1945
Manufacturer Carl Walther GmbH; Mauser-Werke AG, Oberndorf-am-Neckar
Produced 1945
Weight 1.088 kg (2.40 lb)
Length 215 mm (8.5 in)
Barrel length 128 mm (5.0 in)

Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
Action Blowback
Muzzle velocity 381 m/s (1,250 ft/s)
Effective firing range 50 m (160 ft)
Maximum firing range 75 m (246 ft)
Feed system 8 round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron

The Volkspistole ("People's Pistol") was an emergency German pistol design that was assembled from simple steel pressings with a minimum of machined parts. Only prototypes were produced before the end of World War II. These prototypes had an unusual locking system that directed the propellant gases forward to retard the barrel until the bullet had left the muzzle. Some prototypes were also manufactured by Walther,[1] Mauser[2] and the Gustloff-Werke. These prototypes had slightly different actions.


  1. Heidler, Michael (March 6, 2013). "The Walther Volkspistole". Forgottenweapons.com. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  2. McCollum, Ian (June 22, 2010). "Mauser Volkspistole Video". Forgottenweapons.com. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

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