ČZ vz. 38

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ČZ vz. 38
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ČZ vz. 38
TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originCzechoslovakia
Production history
DesignerFrantišek Myška
ManufacturerČeská zbrojovka Strakonice
Mass32 oz (910 g)[1]
Length8.125 in (20.64 cm)[1]
Barrel length4.625 in (11.75 cm)[1]

Cartridge.380 ACP[1]
Muzzle velocity980 ft/s (300 m/s)[2]
Feed system9-round detachable magazine

The vz. 38 is a semi-automatic pistol manufactured from 1939 until 1945 chambered in .380 ACP (in Europe called 9×17mm Browning Short). The barrel is attached to the frame by a hinge, allowing for very easy disassembly. Certain aspects of the pistol are covered by Czechoslovakian patent 65558 which may also be found as Finnish patent FI18533(A) from 1939.

The pistol was never used by the Czech military, as the vz. 38 orders were not yet delivered when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938. Several vz. 38s, modified to have a manual safety, were exported to Bulgaria before the German occupation. Most of the pistols saw service in Greater German police and security forces, and despite several issues the vz. 38 was still in production until 1945.[citation needed] Some were captured used by Yugoslav partisans.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 131.
  2. ^ Chamberlain, Peter; Gander, Terry (1976). Axis pistols, rifles, and grenades. New York: Arco. p. 13. ISBN 0668040769. OCLC 2388349.
  3. ^ Vukšić, Velimir (July 2003). Tito's partisans 1941–45. Warrior 73. Osprey Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-84176-675-1.
  4. ^ "Revolvers & Pistols, part 4". 22 April 2018.

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