Right side view of Polish P-64 pistol with extra magazine shown alongside.
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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.
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.
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.
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 As standard issue it has been replaced by the newer 9x19mm WIST-94.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.
Right side view of Polish P-64 pistol on top of a Makarov holster.
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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.
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