Walther Splits with Smith & Wesson. Mostly

Smith & Wesson has been the distributor for Walther guns in US of A since 1999. No more. Walther announced that they’ll be setting up a newco stateside called Walther Arms, Inc. to take over distribution here. But the two aren’t totally splitsville. Some of the relationship will live on (at least for now) as Smith will continue to make Bond fave, the PPK. Likewise, Walther will keep on keepin’ on by producing the M&P 22 for Smith. Full press release after the jump . . .

Arnsberg, Germany based PW Group, owners of shooting sports companies, CARL WALTHER GmbH Sportwaffen and Umarex, announce the formation of Walther Arms, Inc. to handle all the importation, sales, marketing, distribution and servicing of Walther products in the United States. The transition will occur in two phases beginning January 1, 2013. Previously, Smith & Wesson held responsibility for the distribution of Walther firearms and accessories in the United States. On January 1, that responsibility will be handled by the newly formed Walther Arms, Inc. with the exception of the Walther P22 and PK380 models, which Smith & Wesson will continue to sell and distribute through April 30, 2013.

Walther and Smith & Wesson will maintain their strategic alliance on several fronts—Smith & Wesson will continue to manufacture the PPK for Walther Arms, Inc. and CARL WALTHER will continue to manufacture the M&P22 handgun for S&W. Additionally, Umarex will continue to license the Smith & Wesson brand for airgun products. “We are extremely thankful for the relationship we have had and will continue to have with the quality organization of Smith & Wesson,” said Wulf-Heinz Pflaumer, President of PW Group. “Smith & Wesson has been an outstanding partner and has represented the Walther brand in the U.S. with tremendous focus, effort and results. We look forward to many more years of strategic alliance with Smith & Wesson.”

“We are excited about the formation of our new company, Walther Arms, Inc. It will allow us to intensify our focus on the U.S. firearms market,” said Pflaumer. The Walther brand is a legend in the firearms industry with a rich history of design, innovation and outstanding German manufacturing. “Walther is known throughout the world as a leader in handgun innovation and quality. The new U.S. based Walther Arms allows a more direct influence from the U.S. consumer’s wants and needs into our product development.” said Karl Heinz-Luther, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, CARL WALTHER GmbH Sportwaffen.

Walther Arms, Inc. will begin operations sharing a corporate campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas with Umarex USA, another company in the PW Group. Adam J. Blalock has been named President & CEO of Walther Arms, Inc. and will also remain as President & CEO of Umarex USA. “We are extremely grateful for the way Smith & Wesson has represented Walther and we look forward to our continued relationship with them”, said Blalock, “We will have a dedicated team focused on meeting the needs of U.S. consumers with high quality, innovative products worthy of the Walther brand. We are very thankful for the many loyal Walther customers and we’re excited for the opportunity to serve them.”

12 Responses to Walther Splits with Smith & Wesson. Mostly

  1. avatarJS III says:

    Walther finally has a flagship product in the US the PPQ thats why. They see the PPQ and other guns like the caracal eating into the glock dominated civilian and leo market.

    • avatarJim Scrummy says:

      Love my PPQ! I was wondering when this was going to happen, when Walther would establish itself in the USA, without S&W as it’s distributor. Thanks for the info.

  2. avatarC. Walther says:

    Cool. Now can we get a real f**king aftermarket for the PPS?!?!?!?

  3. avatarBuzzy243 says:

    The PPQ looks like a nice pistol. I don’t recall seeing a review. Is TTAG planning a review anytime soon?

    • avatarOddux says:

      Sturmgewehre has an excellent and informative review for the PPQ he did quite sometime ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzvALwhUbjQ&feature=player_embedded

      Myself and everyone I know that’s fired one has been very impressed with the trigger, the ergonomics, and pretty much everything else about the pistol… except the mag release. It’s the only part of the PPQ you’ll hear complaints about and it’s a love it or hate it kinda thing. The trigger is creep-free, breaks cleanly, and super short and quick reset; it’s easily the most impressive trigger I’ve felt on a polymer framed pistol. The ambi mag release is a small lever on the trigger guard like some HKs, it takes some getting used to. The frame is small and light, fits the hand well, and comes with backstrap replacements for different hands. Finally, the gun is very accurate and very easy to shoot.

      Normally I’m a CZ guy, but I’m strongly considering springing for a PPQ.

  4. avatarTom jones says:

    Good the sw Walters are crappy anyhow

  5. avatarGuywithagun says:

    Walther, if you’re listening, please keep cranking out those P99s (especially the AS models). I know you say you have no plans to discontinue the line, but they just don’t seem to exist anywhere. I doubt there is a single new one in California. Please keep ‘em coming. Thanks.

  6. avatarArt says:

    Bummer. I was hoping that S&W would NOT be continuing to build the PPK.

  7. avatarGranny Grunch says:

    Oh no…..this is clearly the end of the world as we know it……

  8. avatarJohn says:

    The P99 has been capable of being a flagship firearm for Walther. Poor marketing hasn’t helped it or Walther .

  9. avatarWalter J. Allen says:

    when will it be possible to purchase a ppq-m2. have not been able to find any where ever I look please help with some good information Thank you

  10. avatarRussell Bilodeau says:

    This needed to happen, too many complaints about quality control issues with Smith & Wesson in Houlton, Maine. The big recall, so many PPK’s went out to the realers that were unsafe and defective. I believe the Walther company realized that they needed to take back control of their guns.. Good move. S& W will still be making them, but I believe the repairs & and QC will be done by the new company, Walther Arms, Inc out of Fort Smith, Arkansas. This is truly good news for the devoted Walther customers.

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