ČZ vz. 38

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ČZ vz. 38
CZ 38 1780.jpg
ČZ vz. 38
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Production history
Designer František Myška
Manufacturer Česká zbrojovka Strakonice
Produced 1939–45[1]
Weight 32 ounces (910 g)[1]
Length 8.125 inches (20.64 cm)[1]
Barrel length 4.625 inches (11.75 cm)[1]

Cartridge .380 ACP[1]
Action Blowback
Feed system 9-round detachable magazine
Sights Fixed

The vz. 38 is a Semi-automatic pistol manufactured from 1939 until 1945 chambered in .380 ACP (in Europe called 9 × 17 mm Browning Short). The barrel is attached to the frame by a hinge, allowing for very easy disassembly.

The pistol was never used by the Czech military, as the vz. 38 orders were not delivered yet when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938. Several vz. 38s, modified to have a manual safety, were exported to Bulgaria before the German occupation. Most of the pistols saw service in Greater German police and security forces, and despite several issues the vz. 38 was still in production until 1945.

Gift pistol with serial number 1 made probably in the spring of 1937, designed for the then president Edvard Beneš

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 131.