This Manurhin PP is a blowback operated, semiautomatic pistol that is chambered in 7.65mm(.32 ACP) caliber. The pistol has an exposed hammer and a double action trigger mechanism. It is fed using a detachable single column box magazine that holds 8 rounds. The PP incorporates a fixed barrel which also acts as the guide rod for the recoil spring. The pistol utilizes a blade front sight and a u-notch rear sight. The rear sight is drift adjustable for windage. There is a push button magazine release catch located on the left side of the frame behind the trigger. The pistol has a slide hold open feature to inform the operator that the last round has been fired and to facilitate reloading when a fresh magazine has been installed. This pistol employs a loaded indicator pin so that when there is a cartridge in the chamber, the rear of the cartridge impinges on the pin where it protrudes from the back of the slide and informing the operator that there is a round in the chamber. The grip panels are a rusty red color and made of bakelite. These pistols are nearly identical to the pre-war Walter PP pistols that were made in Germany except for the markings.
The word Manurhin is an acronym of Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin, an arms manufacturer in France. The original Walther factory was located in the town of Zella-Mehlis in Thuringia, Germany. After WWII this part of Germany was occupied by the Soviet Union and the Walther factory was forced to flee to West Germany. Once in West Germany they tried to established a new factory in the city of Ulm. This move did not solve the problems that Walter faced as the Allied forces after WWII did not permit the manufacture of weapons in Germany. Because of this, Walter decided to license the production of arms to Manurhin in the early 1950's. Manurhin continued to produce the PP series of pistols until 1986.
On some of the PP series of pistols that were manufactured up through 1986 in Europe, will have slide markings indicating that they were manufactured at the Walther factory in Ulm, Germany, but the fact is that they were actually manufactured by Manurhin in France instead.
In the photograph on the right, this Manurhin is shown with the factory box, instruction manual and the test target which is dated 1983.. When these pistols were imported into the country a couple of years ago, the distributors offered the pistols with and with out the factory box. It was just a couple of dollars more for one with the box so I choose that option. Also at the time, the distributors offered a choice of either a blued model or one that had a 2 tone finish. I decided to purchase one of each. About a month later, all of the Manurhin PP's with boxes were sold out, then a couple of months after that the rest were gone as well. These pistols flew off the shelves of the distributors.
On the blued finish Manurhin PP , the full serial number of the pistol has been scribed on the inside of the slide, just opposite the ejection port. The two tone Manurhin PP featured on this page has no such markings.