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Walther TPH questions

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MIgunguy, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. MIgunguy

    MIgunguy New Member

    Do the mags for the American made Interarms TPH fit the older, original German made Walther TPH? Are the German made ones really that much better? Were the German made ones really made in France (forget the name of the manufacturer) and just assembled and stamped by Walther? If they're any serious TPH experts here I'd like to hear from you.
  2. usp9

    usp9 Active Member

    The main difference between the German blued TPH and a stainless Interarms TPH is weight. The blued models are lighter. Of course neither is very heavy. Interarms made blued models too. I've never heard that the TPH was made in France (Manurhin). Walther opened a factory in Ulm, Germany in the late '50s and I assume they were made there.

    I've not seen but a couple of these, but they all seemed the same quality wise to me. The magazines available are usually stainless steel, but there are blued steel mags in existance...somewhere. I doubt the quality differs because the stainless mags are very well made. I've never read anything that indicated either of mags were not usable in all TPHs.

    One of my grails is a .25 TPH, but they are like hen's teeth only more scarce and more expensive.

    Here is some info; http://www.recguns.com/Sources/IIIC2x1.html

    For those that aren't familiar with the TPH, here's one with a PX22 and a PPKS...tiny compared to the PPKS

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2008
  3. Onmilo

    Onmilo New Member

    1986 is when Walther began to officially manufacture firearms from raw materials again in Germany.
    From 1947 until 1986 Manurin produced the componenet parts and assembled until the mid 1950s when Walther was allowed to again assemble the guns but not out and out manufacture them in Germany.
    The French Manurin plant is roughly 12 kilometers from Ulm Germany.

    If you are lucky enough to actually have a German TPH and an American TPH and are to compare them side by side, you will note the American made pistol is rougher in fit and appearance than the French/German example.

    I have always held the opinion that the .25acp versions are the better guns.
  4. usp9

    usp9 Active Member

    Can you cite a source for that info? I found elsewhere that Manurhin ceased Walther production in 1981.
  5. Mike OTDP

    Mike OTDP Active Member

    The German guns were blued steel with an aluminium frame. Very lightweight. The American-made guns are steel, usually stainless. I haven't done a lot of side-by-side shooting with them both, but most reports are that the German gun is significantly more reliable in .22LR.

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