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WW2 Heirloom

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by throdgrain, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. throdgrain

    throdgrain Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine sent me some pictures of a pistol his grandfather brought back from WW2, but he doesnt know much about it, anyone here able to help?


  2. OFT

    OFT Well-Known Member

    Do a search for "CZ-27". You'll get more info than I can give you.
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    The Pistole CZ vz27 was a straight blowback design chambered in .32ACP (7.65mm.), and was the standard sidearm of the Czech military forces prior to WWII. It should be marked "Ceska Zbrojovka As v Praze" or "Akc Spol. v Praze" if of pre-war construction. Later versions made under German occupation would be marked "Bohmische Waffenfabrik A.G. Prague" or "Prag". The model designation would be "Pistole Modell 27(t) Kal. 7.65" as per German nomenclature at the time. The German factory code for where these pistols were built in occupied Czechoslovakia was "fnh" and would be found on the slide near the model inscription. It might also have black plastic grips in place of the original wooden grips of pre-war manufacture.
  4. Shadow 7D

    Shadow 7D Well-Known Member

    Like he said, except that he'd running you through most of the variations of the coding, there were 2 (or 3) Czech scripts, then there were 4? occupation scripts, the last was just the nazi German factory code FHN

    you can date the pistol by the code, or on the earlier versions, it will have the manufacture date after a rampant lion or crossed swords, Czech acceptance marks, on the frame.
  5. Gladius

    Gladius Well-Known Member

    Dad carried a confiscated CZ27 (or P27 as he called it, due to the German designation) as a "backup" piece during the war. He said it was reliable and accurate. Sadly he traded it off before he returned from Europe.
  6. throdgrain

    throdgrain Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the help so far folks :)

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