|Place of origin||Nazi Germany|
|Wars||World War II|
|Manufacturer||Carl Walther GmbH; Mauser-Werke AG, Oberndorf-am-Neckar|
|Weight||1.088 kg (2.40 lb)|
|Length||215 mm (8.5 in)|
|Barrel length||128 mm (5.0 in)|
|Muzzle velocity||381 m/s (1,250 ft/s)|
|Effective range||50 m (160 ft)|
|Maximum range||75 m (246 ft)|
|Feed system||8 round detachable box magazine|
The Volkspistole ("People's Pistol") was an emergency German pistol design that was assembled from simple steel pressings with a minimum of machined parts. Only prototypes were produced before the end of World War II. These prototypes had an unusual locking system that directed the propellant gases forward to retard the barrel until the bullet had left the muzzle. Some prototypes were also manufactured by Walther, Mauser and the Gustloff-Werke. These prototypes had slightly different actions.
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- 国民簡易拳銃 at the Wayback Machine (archived September 29, 2009)
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