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The new issue of Firearms News (February 2019, Issue 4) has an eight page article on the MPL with a lot of nice color photos.
 

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Nice! I've shot it and the MPK. The machinegunners who owned them kind of turned their nose up at the Walthers, but I thought they were very elegant designs. They also shot just as well as the vaunted HK MP-5...
 

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The Walther MP is a completely modular design: by swapping out the upper, one can create an MPK or MPL. There are very, very--very--few fully-transferable Walther MPs in the USA; you can probably count them on one hand. The others are almost all LE guns or dealer samples imported after 1968 and therefore restricted to NFA licensees.

It is a very competent and well-designed SMG with an excellent magazine, but not many were sold, leaving Walther with an enormous inventory.

In the 1980s --much too late-- Walther attempted to develop a conversion that fired from a closed bolt in order to compete with the H&K MP5. Unlike the H&K which was roller-retarded and hammer-fired, the Walther conversion was a striker-fired blowback that--because it utilized advanced primer ignition-- lacked flexibility with different ammunition. It could be tuned to work reliably either in semi-auto or full-auto, but not both, at least not easily. Plus the receivers were already machine guns, so the conversions could not be legally imported for commercial sale anyway. The MP project died a lingering death.

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