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When it comes to books, in which the Walther PP series guns are discussed, there are numerous. In most of them, however, the specific characteristics of the Manurhin branded models are only mentioned in passing, if at all.

On the internet I find some references to books, but they don’t seem to be available in bookshops anymore. Does anyone know of any recommended books that deal specifically with the Manurhin branded models?
 

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I only know of one. It's only available in French but is worth getting as it is well illustrated in color. About a third of it is on the PP/PPK with the rest on their revolvers like the MR 73. At the end of the book is a brief chapter on the rifle projects Manurhin was involved with like the SIG SG 540.

Les Pistolets Manurhin
Pistolets automatiques, revolvers et fusils d'assaut
Jean-Pierre Bastie and Daniel Casanova
Crepin-Leblond, 2015
ISBN 978-2-70-309403-5
16.5cm x 22cm (6 1/2" x 8 5/8") 167 pages
 

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Redcat, thank you very much for pointing that out. Your description of the content sounds exactly like what I'm looking for. I forgot to write that French is absolutely no problem for me. I've spent much of my army career in French speaking regions. Even today, after all these years, I'm still much more eloquent in French than in English.
 

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Ah, that's very interesting and good to know. I had some trouble to find the book "Les pistolets Manurhin" because none of the bookshops known to me could resolve the ISBN number. But finally I found it listed in a bookshop in the French spoken part of Switzerland. I ordered it immediately but have no idea about the delivery time. So I have to be patient. Thanks again, Redcat!
 

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The cover of the book about the Walther PP and PPK pistols is a little bit anachronistic, because at the time when the pictured Zella-Mehlis PP version was in service use, the shown police cap didn't exist. Even the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, to which the cap belongs, did not yet exist. But it doesn't matter because generally I enjoy the French art de vivre. :cool:
 

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You might already be aware of this, but there is a French-language forum dedicated mainly (but not exclusively) to historic military small-arms.

If you enter “Manurhin” in the search field a total of 34 threads pop up, most of which, of course, don't relate specifically to Walther. However, some contributors to the threads seem quite knowledgeable with regard to Walthers, so the forum could be a useful resource if you have specific Manurhin-related questions:


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You might already be aware of this, but there is a French-language forum dedicated mainly (but not exclusively) to historic military small-arms.
Balor, thank you very much for this advice. In fact, I did not even think about the possibility of a French forum.
 

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I only know of one. It's only available in French but is worth getting as it is well illustrated in color.
After several weeks of waiting, the book "Les pistolets Manurhin" finally arrived. I found some minor mistakes in the text but – and that's more important – also very interesting information and photos I've never seen before.
 

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Awesome ! I'm glad you were able to track down a copy. I just got a book from Italy myself this week that I ordered three months ago.
 

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After several weeks of waiting, the book "Les pistolets Manurhin" finally arrived. I found some minor mistakes in the text but – and that's more important – also very interesting information and photos I've never seen before.
I just found a copy on Amazon-France. It‘ supposed to take a few weeks to make it across the pond. My French is no more than barely adequate. Feel free to share any issues you may have discovered in the text. I‘ll probably miss stuff ;)
 

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These are some minor issues that I found in the book so far:
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In the part about the introduction of the PPK/S there are some statements which are of course not correct.
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The year 1959 doesn't fit the pistol at all:
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Here, there is obviously a confusion with the movie:
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Can we agree here? I don't think so.
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I had to laugh a little bit reading that the Manurhin PP and PPK pistols were used by "les polices des Lander allemands". It should read "les polices des Länder allemands" of course but it's an exaggeration anyway.
 
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