Walther: The Epitome Of Classy Concealed Carry
At On Your 6 Designs, we’re obsessed with appearances. There is something to be said for the appearance and aesthetics of German design. BMW, Audi, Porsche, all produce sleek and stylish automobiles that turn heads wherever they go. The same can be said for German firearms. While American firms undoubtedly craft some of the finest firearms on the market, German firearms have a refined sense of elegance and grace that their American counterparts sometimes lack. For more than 130 years, the German firearm manufacturer, Walther, has been the go-to name for classy and functional concealed carry pistols.
From the trenches of two World Wars to the tuxedo coats of movie screen super spies to the concealed carry holsters of everyday Americans, Walther makes pistols that are as practical as they are pretty. With an eye for design and a tradition of excellence, today, Walther continues to make firearms that are viewed by professionals and laymen alike as some of the best in the field.
Any manufacturer that shares our obsession with appearances is worthy of admiration. The continued appeal and fascination with Walther pistols is just one of the reasons we make the best concealed carry holsters on the market for them.
The year was 1886, and German army veteran Carl Walther returned home from his service with a singular focus: to make the finest quality sporting rifles. But all great success stories start with humble beginnings and Walther opened his first firearms workshop in his parent’s home. Here, using simple hand tools and machines that would look more at home in a blacksmith’s shop than a gunsmith’s, Walther began to make Schützen sporting rifles based on the British Martini rifle.
Walther’s rifles soon caught on and earned a reputation for being of outstanding quality and appearance. He took on a series of apprentices and gunsmiths to help him improve his production rates, and expand into the hunting rifle market. Carl’s penchant for design was passed down to his five sons who helped him in the shop and would become pivotal parts of the Walther story.
A New Century And New Needs
The turn of the 20th century signaled a shift in the focus of the fledgling Walther companies. Their sporting shotguns and rifles were in such high demand that the company opened a factory adjacent to the family home, and began using gas-powered machinery to increase production speeds.
With improved production capabilities, Walther’s son Fritz came to his father with a new idea. Having spent time in Berlin, Fritz had seen firsthand the demand for small handguns that could be used for concealed carry. Pocket pistols, in particular, John Browning’s Model 1910 were the object of desire of many German civilians. Carl shared his son’s enthusiasm for the idea, and soon the Walther team began designing its first semi-automatic, blowback pistol. This lead to the production of the Model 1, first made in 1911. The diminutive pistol was chambered for the lightweight .25 ACP round and held six rounds in the magazine.
Walther’s new design was an immediate hit, and soon citizens in both Germany and Austria-Hungary began buying the pistol as fast as Walther’s factory could make them. The uncertain and tense political climate leading up to the First World War left many private citizens with a sense that protection would be a personal matter.
The World Wars
It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and the necessities of war inspire many inventions in the firearms field. Throughout World War One, Walther produced pistols chambered in popular calibers like 6.35 mm and 7.65mm. These found their way in the holsters of officers and upper enlisted soldiers who needed a lightweight and capable pistol while raiding trenches. Saying that WWI was a fearsome affair is an understatement, as it left nearly 18 million men dead in the killing fields of No Man’s Land. The war not only shattered lives, but it also shattered the German firearms industry. With no way to market their arms to a German army that no longer existed, Walther began making adding machines and calculators throughout the 1920s. However, this didn’t stop them from continuing to innovate and design new pistols. The popularity of the Luger 9mm cartridge spurred Fritz Walther to begin crafting new pistols that could take advantage of this versatile round.
Then in 1929, an icon was born. The Walther PP, and later the PPK, were some of the most cutting-edge and highly sought after pistols on the market. Incorporating a double-action trigger and self-cocking hammer, the pistol was offered in a variety of caliber sizes, including 9mm. Their innovative features and petite size made them the ideal choice for those in need of a concealed carry piece in the rough and tumble era of Weimar Germany.
While the PP and PPK earned Walther a new reputation as a leading pistol design firm, Fritz was still interested in designing pistols around the 9mm round. In 1931, Walther would find his opportunity to do just that. In defiance of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, Germany, under increasing influence of the Nazi party, began reforming and rearming its military. The German army needed a modern pistol to replace the needlessly complicated P.08 Luger Pistol. The army’s stipulations were few; the design had to be simple to produce, but utterly reliable.
Though Walther already had several contracts with the German military and police forces to produce the PP and PPK, the company wanted to compete for the opportunity to create a new full-size service pistol. Fritz already had a design in mind, and the need for a new pistol spurred him into action.
Initially, Walther presented a larger version of the PP to the army, but the size of the 9mm round meant the design wasn’t as reliable as the army needed. Undeterred, Walther presented another design, the AP or Armee Pistole. This design incorporated features like a double and single-action trigger, an internal hammer with decocker, and a 5” barrel. The German army was extremely impressed by this design but wanted the harmer to be exposed so that soldiers could manually cock the pistol in the event of a light hammer strike or a failure to discharge.
After a series of revisions, Walther presented the P.38. The pistol would signal a revolution in the design of service pistols across the world. The P.38 was the first pistol to use a locked breech and DA/SA trigger. The pistol’s hammer could rest on a loaded chamber and the pistol’s first shot could be fired in double-action mode, with follow up shots in single-action mode. This design would be copied by pistol designers all over the world into the present day. This new full-size service pistol also included other user-friendly features like a loaded chamber indicator and an eight-round magazine. The following block mechanism worked to limit the recoil of the round, making the P.38 easy to shoot and put accurate follow up shots down range quickly.
Walther has always made popular firearms. The PP was a hit with police and military officers. The P.38 was admired by German and Allied soldiers alike. The clever designs and graceful lines of the pistols made them an obvious choice for the numerous spy films and TV shows that crowded screens during the Cold War. Both heroes and villains sported any number of German-made firearms, from MP40 submachine guns to P.38 pistols. But it would be one man, or many versions of the same man perhaps, that would launch Walther-designed pistols into the popular consciousness of people around the world.
Bond. James Bond. The enigmatic and endlessly captivating British spy first appeared on the screen in 1962’s Dr. No. In it, Bond carried the petite Walther PPK, a gun that seemed tailor-made for the dashing spy’s exploits. Despite numerous changes in the actor portraying Bond, the one constant was the brand of pistol 007 carried. A Walther has always been gracefully tucked into the concealed holster of the MI6 agent, whether it was a PPK, P5 Compact, or later, a P99. In the 1990s, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond would be the first to bring the P99 onto the big screen. The pistol combined many different actions and functions into one discreet form. It was a striker-fired, hammerless, semi-auto pistol that made use of a decocker. When Daniel Craig took over the role, he would continue to carry the P99 in 2006’s Casino Royale but would return to using the classic PPK in the 2012 film Skyfall.
Perhaps it was Bond’s lady-killer, devil-may-care attitude. Maybe it was his ability to effortlessly take on any foe wearing a full suit. Or maybe it was his preference for his martinis being shaken, not stirred. Whatever it was, Bond made the Walther brand popular in a way that even the best marketing campaigns could never match.
While known for their iconic place in cinematic history, Walther continues to produce forward-thinking and innovative firearms. After merging with Umarex Sportwaffen in 1993, partnering with Smith & Wesson in 1999, and then opening Walther Arms Inc. in 2012, the German manufacturer now distributes and produces firearms in both Germany and the United States. Civilians, militaries, and police forces around the world all clamor for these pistols to help keep themselves and others safe.
The company offers 10 handguns in a variety of calibers for civilians looking for a concealed carry piece that’s both classy and capable. These include offerings like the PPS, the CCP, and PPX pistols. Each carries on Walther’s tradition of stylish designs paired with unfaltering reliability.
On Your 6 Designs’ Commitment To Quality
Like Walther, On Your 6 Designs isn’t afraid to take an idea back to the drawing board again and again until we get it right. That’s why we’ve put hours of energy and thought into how we’ve designed our Kydex holsters. Our team conceal carries every day. Using our own experiences, along with input from friends, industry professionals, and customers, we crafted a series of holsters using cutting-edge materials. As a result of all our hard work, our Kydex holsters are the best concealed holsters available on the market.
Made With The Carrier In Mind
No two people carry their concealed carry firearm the same way. That’s why we offer two separate holster types. Our inside-the-waistband and outside-the-waistband holsters securely retain your firearm and keep it close to your body. The durable clips ensure that the holster doesn’t come loose from your belt when you need to draw your pistol quickly. Paired with our single or double magazine holsters, you can craft a conceal carry setup that is ideal for your everyday carries goals.
A Holster That Won’t Quit
Walther pistols are known for their reliability in even the most intense of situations, be it the burning streets of Berlin in 1945, or deep undercover on the set of the latest Bond film. We matched this reliable character by using Kydex to make our holsters. Kydex is an acrylic-polyvinyl chloride composite. While this sounds like one of Q’s inventions, it’s a material that can be carefully molded and shaped to be custom fit to your particular Walther pistol. While it is incredibly lightweight, it’s also incredibly durable. To add to its already tough nature, we put a sweat guard on our holsters to ensure that your pistol’s finish isn’t tarnished. The regular bumps, scrapes, and bruises of regular carry won’t deform, mar, or crack one of our Kydex holsters, ensuring that your concealed carry pistol stays ready for action.
Detailed And Discreet
When you’re concealing a pistol, you want no one to notice until you are called into action. That’s why we make our holsters effortlessly concealable. We start by using a lightweight material. Using Kydex ensures that even our largest outside-the-waistband holster for full-size Walther pistols weighs a petite two ounces. Each one of our pistol and magazine holsters comes with an adjustable waistband clip so that you can position the cant of the holster to meet your preferred style of drawing. When pairing a concealed holster from On Your 6 Designs with a lightweight and slim pistol, like the venerable Walther CCP, your pistol will practically disappear on your body.
So, if you’re looking for the best concealed holster that’s as classy and timeless as your Walther firearm, it’s time you put on a holster from On Your 6 Designs. At On Your 6 Designs, we never compromise on the quality of our materials or our designs. We want to ensure that no matter the situation you face, your equipment will not fail. That’s why we offer our lifetime warranty. If, for whatever reason, a part of your holster breaks, contact us immediately, and we’ll make it right.