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I'm curious how people learned of the P5.

As a youth, my first real pistol was a Walther P-38. I'd seen them in pictures of WWII and they resonated with me somehow.

Years ago I was traveling internationally and needed a book to read. I was in the Munich airport so went to a book kiosk and found a German language crime novel. As I read German the book seemed potentially entertaining. The cover of the book had a pistol on the cover that I'd not seen before. I had to know what it was and eventually found that it was a Walther P5. Ironically I visited a gunshow in Orlando Florida a few months later and a man had two P5's for sale. One standard, the other a compact. I bought the standard model as it was aesthetically more pleasing to me. I still have it!

When did you see your first P5? What interested you in them?
 

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I'm almost sure that I first saw the P5 in the two 1983 Bond movies. But at that time I had no idea what a P5 really is – neither did Bond. At least in the official movie of that year, the P5 was still called a PPK. They forgot to change the script.

Today, I own a P5c. To me it was always more pleasing than the standard model. Tastes are really different.
 

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When it first came out, it made pretty big splash with all the popular gun magazines at the time. I was impressed but the price even then was close to $1000 which put it way out of my reach. When I decided to get a 9mm over a decade ago ago, I was unimpressed by most of the new offerings and decided to get a P5 just to satisfy that itch I couldn't afford to scratch 20+ years earlier.
 

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I only bought the P5 Compact because it vaguely resembles the PPK but in 9mm form. The Bond series really got me into Walther in general.
 

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When and where? Right here on the WF in 2012, and I bought a commercial NOS pistol soon thereafter. In retrospect, I probably saw Bond use one, but I was too distracted by the maroon circus blouse that Roger Moore was wearing at the time.
 

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The P5 wasn’t in any S.C. Bond movies, was it?
 

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Yep, Never Say Never Again and Octopussy introduced me to the P5....but not till 2018 did I even consider buying one! It is a unique gun for sure, and very happy I tracked one down!
 

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Yep, first saw it in the Bond movies but forgot all about it.
Later in the years, local gun laws permitted us to own semi automatics and I immediately started looking for Walther PPKs.
While I was browsing the history of a seller, I found a P5, did some quick research and did nit take long to embark on a crusade-like search for P5s.
My first acquisition was a well worn but beautiful shooting P5 Compact.
As finances and connections improved, I managed to acquire many more and there are still one or two I still would love to have.
I love its looks, the way it works and how it feels And the trigger.
 

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I discovered the P5 right here on the forum. It was so highly spoken of that I thought "it can't possibly be that good". So I bought one just to disprove all of the cheerleaders. It turns out I was wrong and now it's one of my favorite 9mm shooters.

Here's my 1984 P5 with grips from Grips4U.
 

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First time I noticed the P5 was when Sean Connery used one in Never Say Never. Saw this movie for the first time on HBO in the mid-70s.
Purchased my first P5 in 2018, proceeded to purchase 6 more over the next few months.
Even purchased a P5 Lang (6" barrel), and a twin barrel Cat 1062 P5.
 
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