Gun of the Week #22: Polish Radom PA-64 in Markarov caliber

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My Pa-64

Freddy’s Note
This gun was the first C&R handgun that I purchased.  It was my first Makarov caliber gun as well. I now have 6 9X18 hanguns.  I paid $225 for it over 3 years ago at Collectible Arms and Ammo in Merrimack NH. It my carry gun for a while as well.  I stopped carrying it because would occasionally do a sort of slide fire and it would fire a second round accidentally.  has a spring issue.   I have since replaced the spring and it fires ok now. Some people say it is a ripoff of the Walter PPK.  I post the following photo of my PPK next to the PA-64.  You be the judge. It is a cheap ok gun.  I like my Walther PPK much better.  You can see all the previous gun of the week posts here.

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Top PPK. Bottom PA-64

The P-64 is a Polish 9mm semi-automatic pistol designed to fire the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge. The pistol was developed in the late 1950s at the Institute for Artillery Research (Polish: Zakład Broni Strzeleckiej Centralnego Badawczego Poligonu Artyleryjskiego, which later became the Military Institute of Armament Technology, Polish: Wojskowy Instytut Techniczny Uzbrojenia w Zielonce—WITU) by a team consisting of: W. Czepukajtis, R. Zimny, H. Adamczyk, M. Adamczyk, S. Kaczmarski and J. Pyzel. The P-64 is also known as the CZAK[1] (an acronym of the designers’ last names with the exception of J. Pyzel, who joined the team after the name had been established).

Development

The P-64 was drawn from a competition for a new service pistol issued in 1958. At the prototype stage, two versions of the CZAK pistol were created: the Model M (Milicyjny), with a magazine capacity of 6 rounds and chambered to use the .380 ACP (9x17mm Short) cartridge and the Model W (Wojskowy), with a longer barrel than the Model M, a 6-round magazine capacity and chambered for the 9x18mm Makarov round.

Design
During the evaluation phase which took place in 1961, both pistols were compared and the Model M was selected over the Model W.  It was then rechambered for the Makarov round and improved with a modified slide catch (the external catch button was removed) and better ergonomics. In 1965, the P-64, manufactured at the Łucznik Arms Factory in Radom, entered service with the army, police and security forces under the official designation 9 mm pistolet wz. 1964 replacing the 7.62mm TT pistol.The P-64 is no longer produced, and is being replaced by the WIST-94 pistol in 9mm NATO caliber. However, the P-64 remains in the inventories of the Polish Armed Forces and the police services.

The gun has made it’s ways into many surplus vendors around the country. At the time I published this article, it was available at most of usually surplus vendors again, after being unavailable for over a year.

 

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