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FEG AP-63 / PA-63 pistol (Hungary)

FEG PA-63 pistol, military version in 9mm Makarov caliber.

FEG PA-63 pistol, military version in 9mm Makarov caliber.

 

FEG AP-63 pistol, commercial version in 9mm Browning Short / .380 ACP caliber.

FEG AP-63 pistol, commercial version in 9mm Browning Short / .380 ACP caliber.

 

FEG AP-63 pistol, commercial version in 9mm Browning Short / .380 ACP caliber.

FEG AP-63 pistol, commercial version in 9mm Browning Short / .380 ACP caliber.

 

Characteristics

 

Type Double Action semiautomatic
Caliber(s) 9x17 Browning / .380 ACP and 7.65 Browning / .32ACP in AP-63
9x18 Mak in PA-63
Weight unloaded 595 g
Length 175 mm
Barrel length 100 mm
Magazine capacity 7 rounds

The FEG PA-63 pistol was developed during early 1960s at the Hungarian FEG arms factory as a compact military sidearm, chambered for the Warsaw pact standard 9x18 Makarov ammunition of Soviet origin. The basic design of the FEG PA-63 pistol was heavily based on the German Walther PP pistol, a copy of which was produced by FEG shortly after the WW2. FEG also produced a number of derivatives of the PA-63, such as 'export commercial' model AP-63, chambered for widely available 9x17 Browning / .380 ACP and 7.65 Browning / .32ACP ammunition. Both PA-63 and AP-63 pistols were similar in design, and differed only in ammunition used and in frame finish - military-issue PA-63 pistols had their aluminum frames left 'in the white', while commercial AP-63 pistols have their aluminum frames finished in same black color as the rest of the gun.

The FEG PA-63 pistol is a simple blowback operated weapon. The return spring is located around the barrel, the trigger is of traditional double-action type with exposed hammer. Manual safety lever, which doubles as a decocker, is located at the left side of the slide. Gun is fed from single stack box magazines, magazine release button is located on the left side of the frame, above and behind the trigger.