Walther LP53

The LP53 (LP stands for luft pistole - German for air pistol) was an early (1953-1983) attempt at making a .177 target pistol.

Years of construction: from 1953 to 1976

It copied the lines of Walther's famous .22 LR Olympia target pistol, and it used a spring piston to compress the air.

The Walther LP53 is a classic James Bond gun although it never featured in a Bond movie.

The gun, with its distinctive long barrel was the weapon of choice for James Bond in many movie posters and promotional photographs.

The story is that during a photoshoot with Sean Connery for From Russia With Love, the photographer volunteered his own Walther LP53, after the PPK wasn't available on the set.

The LP53 is an airgun and can only shoot little lead pellets (although with considerable force). The weapon is 'loaded' by opening it all the way (almost like breaking it in half), load a pellet and close it, building up the airpressure.

In the photos and posters, Bond holds a LP53 with a black grip, although a brown version was also available for this gun.

Technical details

Type: Double Action

Overall length: 154 mm

Barrel length: 84 mm

Weight: 568 g

The gun can be seen in the following movie posters:

- From Russia With Love

- Goldfinger

- Thunderball

- You Only Live Twice


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