Complete whim purchase- FEG PA-63


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defjon
March 25, 2010, 05:12 PM
Alright guys, I don't normally do this. I like to really research things first. But I was in my local gunshop the other day to ship a firearm (the glock 26 I just sold), and I saw a FEG PA-63 for $149... $162 out the door, two mags and ammo included. It is in great shape and is a duo-tone- it looks a lot like my bersa thunder.

What did I buy? Did I do okay? Anything to look out for, or problems with this model?

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Erich
March 25, 2010, 05:43 PM
It's a former Hungarian military gun - an late '50s evolution of the late '20s Walther PP design. A tiny amount of Ti in the Aluminum of the frame, I'm given to understand. They're not especially pleasant to shoot, but they're reliable (I've shot several over the years). I've worked on a couple of cases in which they were used to kill people pretty effectively. Only problem I've ever personally witnessed on one was scratching in the Al-frame's feedramp by JHPs. :confused:

I like the Hungarian FéGs and have had a couple of the various models. I presently own the somewhat more unusual R-61 (smaller version of your gun) and am very happy to have it:

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd222/505Erich/Handguns/7mar10R61andnewJohnRoyknife003.jpg

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd222/505Erich/Handguns/7mar10R61andnewJohnRoyknife004.jpg

Use your PA-63 in good health! :)

dwhite
March 25, 2010, 06:15 PM
I like mine. It kicks a little but isn't too bad. Prone to "slide bite" you if you've got big hands. Shoots well. DA trigger is a little heavy. SA is nice. Paid about the same for mine last year.

All the Best,
D. White

MCgunner
March 25, 2010, 07:55 PM
Wow, I got a Polish P64 Radom the other day for 199 at Gander Mountain and thought I was doing good. I'm beginning to feel raped. :D

amd6547
March 25, 2010, 08:05 PM
I like the all-steel P64 more, but then, when I bought my P64, nobody wanted them and I paid $139...

xmanpike
March 25, 2010, 08:16 PM
My dad has one, not real pleasant to shoot, but somewhere online I found a thread about changing out recoil spring, firing pin spring and hammer spring i think, made the gun a lot more enjoyable to shoot.

defjon
March 25, 2010, 09:21 PM
Alrighty thanks for the info...makes me feel better, the mil surp stuff should be pretty well made...

Any info on what kind of springs I should switch out? The DA pull is pretty intense. I read online wolf 13 lb springs for the one that goes over the barrel.

Erich
March 25, 2010, 09:59 PM
I'm of the opinion that the people who designed the gun know more about the type of springs that should go in it than my internet acquaintances. ;) Why not try it out with the stock springs before deciding to change them out?

defjon
March 25, 2010, 10:31 PM
I'm gonna take it to the range stock first :)

My main concern is that if this is an old mil surp import, I don't know how old or used the current spring is...I don't want to batter the frame, which is a pretty lightweight aluminum feeling.

My state has a 3 day wait. Twiddling my thumbs til saturday...

ATBackPackin
March 25, 2010, 11:38 PM
I bought one not too long ago and I really like mine. Here is a link to the range report I did.

http://thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=501369&highlight=pa-63

Best of luck.

Shawn

trigun87
March 26, 2010, 02:41 AM
xHHHMMMM? I bought a gun labeled as a PA-63 that I too bought a whim about a month ago but mine looks so different. Like my slide/barrel are longer, and the grip has a very comfy finger grove. also the hammer area of the gun looks more sculpted as yours looks more rounded.:confused:

mine also says hungarian military, different generations?
IS it chambered 9x18 mak

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/starkidd813/DSC00016.jpg
http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t147/starkidd813/DSC00015.jpg

Nasty
March 26, 2010, 08:16 AM
Trigun - Yours *is* a PA63 like mine...not question. Great little pistols, mine serves as my cheap CCW. It *is* a 9x18 MAK. I carry Hornady 95gr XTP JHP

Mine came with pre-cracked grips, replaced with a nice set in wood from Marschal. Purdy little thing now!

http://www.marschalgrips.com/

6x6pinz
March 26, 2010, 09:20 AM
love mine and don't find the recoil as bad as some do. I use it as a camp/truck gun as it is inexpensive and yet very reliable.

Dain Bramage
March 26, 2010, 12:26 PM
Trigun87: Erich's picture is of his R-61, the PA-63's smaller cousin. Military PA-63's should all be in 9x18mm Mak, unless they have been rebarelled.

MCgunner
March 26, 2010, 12:34 PM
There are some russian maks with adjustable sights, commercial guns, I've seen in .380, but I've never seen a PA63 in .380 nor any of the other mak variants.

trigun87
March 27, 2010, 01:35 AM
OK, I have been cc'n mine every now and then since I got it . Took it to the range fired about 150 rounds of brown bear, with no hiccups.

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