FB Wanad

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P-83 Wanad
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P-83 pistol
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  Poland
Service history
In service 1983-present
Used by Polish police and armed forces
Wars Yugoslav Wars
Iraq War
Production history
Designer OBR Radom
Designed 1978
Manufacturer FB Radom
Produced 1983-2000
Variants P-83 in (9×17mm Short), P-83M, P-83G, P-93, PT-83
Weight 730 g (26 oz) (P-83, P-83G)
650 g (23 oz) (P-83M)
750 g (26 oz) (P-93)
Length 165 mm (6.5 in) (P-83, P-83G)
170 mm (6.7 in) (P-93M)
178 mm (7.0 in) (P-93)
Barrel length 90 mm (3.5 in) (P-83, P-83M, P-83G)
100 mm (3.9 in) (P-93)
Width 30 mm (1.2 in) (P-83, P-83G, P-93)
34 mm (1.3 in) (P-83M)
Height 125 mm (4.9 in) (P-83, P-83G, P-93)
127 mm (5.0 in) (P-83M)

Cartridge 9×18mm Makarov (P-83, P-83M, P-93)
.380 ACP (9×17mm Short) (P-83)
.32 ACP (7.65x17mm Browning SR) (P-83)
9 mm PA (P-83G)
Action Straight blowback
Muzzle velocity 312 m/s (1,024 ft/s) (P-83, P-83M)
284 m/s (931.8 ft/s) (P-83 in 9×17mm Short)
316 m/s (1,036.7 ft/s) (P-93)
Effective firing range Sights fixed for 25 m (9×18mm Makarov)
Feed system 8-round box magazine
Sights Fixed, front blade and rear notch

The P-83 Wanad (pl.Vanadium) is a single-action and double-action Polish semi-automatic pistol, chambered for the 9×18mm Makarov cartridge and designed by Ryszard Chełmicki and Marian Gryszkiewicz of the state research institute Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy in Radom. The P-83 succeeded the P-64 as the sidearm for the Polish Army and police. The P-83 is still in limited use by both the Polish police and the Polish military but it has been mostly replaced by Glock 19 pistols in Police service and partially by the indigenous WIST 94 pistol in the Polish military.

Civilian version[edit]

Civilian guns have different shaped sights, a rounded hammer and different markings on the slide: a Polish eagle followed by “RADOM wz. P-83 9×18 POLAND Z.M. LUCZNIK”. The name of the importing company is stamped on the left side of the frame.

Civilian export version.

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