Ordnance Notes -- by Bob Stoner GMCM (SW) Ret.
Walther MPL/MPK 9mm Submachine Guns
Beginning in 1963 through 1985, the German firm of Karl Walther marketed two very well-made 9mm submachine guns for military and police users. These were the maschinen pistole lang (machine pistol - long) or MPL and the maschinen pistole kurz (machine pistol - short) or MPK.
The guns were select fire, had folding stocks, and composed mainly of stampings, with an L-shaped bolt and under slung barrel. The MPL and MPK were identical in construction except for the length of the barrel. The folding butt stock was a metal tube and a stamped metal ventilated shroud surrounded the barrel. A prominent cocking handle was located on the left front of the receiver. Magazine capacity was 32 rounds. The SEALs used both versions of this gun on a limited basis in Viet Nam.
MPL and MPK Specifications:
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