Czech target pistols

Mod. „P"-This is a single shot pistol, chambered for .22 Short, Long, Long Rifle, or 6 mm. Flobert cartridges and available with barrel lengths of 200, 250, and 300 mm. It is of the break open (tip up) type, the barrel being pinioned at the forward end of the frame. The sights are nonadjustable, with a line of sight almost as long as the pistol. An extractor partially removes the fired case so that it can be grasped by the fingers.

The factory producing this pistol, originally owned by Frantissek Pavlicek, is located in the city of Litomysl (Bohemia), Czechoslovakia. In 1948, along with most Czech plants, it was „nationalized" by the Communists.

This arm came on the market in about 1930, was made during the German occupation, and is still in production.

The Drulov-This is a more pretentious single shot pistol than the Mod. „P." Technical data given are as follows: length, 360 mm. (14.2 inches) ; barrel length, 250 mm. (9.3 inches); length of aiming line, 300 mm. (11.8 inches) ; and weight, 1.3 kg. (2.8 lb.).

The foresight is adjustable vertically and the rear sight adjusts laterally. In the literature describing this pistol, it is stated that the pistol „has a simple trigger mechanism with double resistance, the cylindrical breech with lock and rectilinear striker travel. The operation of the striking mechanism is therefore free from any shock and the weapon is perfectly locked when firing." The literature does not state what ammunition the gun takes, but presumably it is chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The name of the maker of this pistol is not known, but it is marketed by OMNIPOL.

CZ Mod. 448-Little is known by the author about this pistol other than that it is manufactured by Ceska Zbrojovka, is chambered for .22 L.R. cartridges, has a magazine capacity of 10 rounds, and was designed by Frantisek Myska and Rudolf Lacina.

ZKP-501-II-This .22 cal. L.R. target pistol is said to have been designed by Joseph and Francis Koucky. It resembles the Czech Mod. 38, but a number of modifications were made to suit it for competitive target shooting. The angle of the grip was increased to give more natural pointing, the hammer mechanism was changed so that retraction of the slide produced cocking to facilitate timed or rapid fire, and a safety of the Colt Mod. 1911A1 type was added to meet range requirements. Also the sights and grips were modified for target use. The take-down is nearly the same as on the Mod. 38.

No information is at hand as to whether this pistol actually went into production or the date at which the design was completed.

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