Firearms / Pistols / Lucznik P-64

Lucznik P-64

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Poland

  • NICKNAMES
    CZAK (acronym of the designers' last names)
    9 mm pistolet wz. 1964 (Polish service)

  • DESIGNED
    1958 - 1961

  • DESIGNER
    Polish Institute for Artillery Research

  • PRODUCTION
    1964 - 1977 (or 1984?)

  • PRODUCERS
    Poland - Lucznik arms factory in Radom

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Limited production costs.

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited size and weight
    Low production cost
    Simple and reliable design
    Limited stopping power
    Limited magazine capacity
    Harsh recoil

Introduction

The P-64 is an early Cold War era pistol of Polish origin. It was developed as a domestic replacement for the World War 2 era Soviet TT-33 pistol. The P-64 is a simple and compact weapon. This comes with the drawbacks of a limited magazine capacity and modest firepower.

Design

The P-64 is a small double action blowback operated pistol. It fires the 9x18mm Makarov round from a single stack magazine. The P-64 has a metal frame and metal slide with fixed iron sights.

Firepower

The P-64 is a semi-automatic pistol that fires the 9x18mm Makarov round from a 6 round detachable box magazine. The maximum effective range is quoted as 25 meters.

Users

The P-64 was adopted as standard issue pistol in Polish military service in 1965. As standard issue it has been replaced by the newer 9x19mm WIST-94. The P-64 was also used in large quantities by Polish law enforcement. During the Vietnam war the P-64 was used by the NVA and the Vietcong.

Variants

P-64

P-64: The P-64 pistol is produced in only the baseline model. There are no variants, although during production some minor changes were implemented.

During the development phase and later in the 1970's a number of variants were developed on the P-64 design. None of these left the prototype stage.

At a glance the P-64 is easily mistaken for either a Walther PP or Makarov pistol. Although the characteristics are similar, the P-64 is an original design and not a direct copy.

  • Specifications:
  • P-64
TypePistol
Caliber9x18mm Makarov
Magazine6 round detachable box
OperationSimple blowback, double action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length85 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity305 m/s
Stock-
Length160 mm
Width?
Height117 mm
Weight0.62 kg with empty magazine
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, non-adjustable, 114 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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