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.

Volkspistole (People's Pistol)
TypeAutomatic Pistol
Place of originNazi Germany
Service history
Used byVolkssturm
WarsWorld War II
Production history
ManufacturerCarl Walther GmbH; Mauser-Werke AG, Oberndorf-am-Neckar
Mass1.088 kg (2.40 lb)
Length215 mm (8.5 in)
Barrel length128 mm (5.0 in)

Cartridge9×19mm Parabellum
Muzzle velocity381 m/s (1,250 ft/s)
Effective firing range50 m (160 ft)
Maximum firing range75 m (246 ft)
Feed system8 round detachable box magazine


  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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