FÉG 37M Pistol

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Frommer 37.M Pisztoly
Frommer FEG 37M in Tula State Arms Museum - 2016 01.jpg
TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originHungary
Service history
In serviceApproximately 20 years some postwar police
Used byNazi Germany, Hungary
WarsWorld War II, Slovak-Hungarian War
Production history
DesignerRudolf Frommer
Designed1937
ManufacturerFémáru, Fegyver és Gépgyár (FÉG)
Produced1937–1944
No. built175,000–300,000
Variants3
Specifications
Mass770g (27.7 oz)
Length182 mm (7.17 in)

Cartridge.380 ACP, .32 ACP
Caliber.32, .38
Actionblowback operated automatic pistol
Muzzle velocity984 ft/s (300 m/s)
Feed system7 rounds
SightsFixed, iron

The FÉG 37M is a Hungarian semi-automatic pistol based on a design by Rudolf Frommer.

Design[edit]

It was an improvement over the earlier Frommer 29M. It was made in 2 chamberings. The .380 ACP (9x17mmSR) chambered version was used by the Hungarian Army, while the .32 ACP (7.65x17mmSR) version was supplied to Hungary's German allies during World War II. The former, was known in Hungarian service as the M1937.[1]

The latter, in German service during World War II, was known as Pistole 37(u), pistole M 37 Kal. 7,65 mm or P37. The main difference between this and the other variants is that the "German" version had a manual safety (which the Hungarian issue did not have) and was marked "Pistole M 37 Kal. 7.65" and the FEG code "jhv" and date, along with the Waffenamt markings. Though it was produced under more strain due to the rate by which they wanted them produced, it was still a reliable pistol. 150 - 300,000 pistols were completed this way. Some partially finished post war models were also issued, and there was an attempt to produce the gun after the war, but without success.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kokalis, Peter. Hungarian Small Arms in Germany's Service. Shotgun News, 2005, Vol 59 Issue 36 p. 12-13.
  2. ^ Miller, David (2007). Fighting Men of World War II: Uniforms, Equipment and Weapons. Stackpole Books. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-8117-0277-5.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to FEG 37M at Wikimedia Commons