Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by giggitygiggity, Jan 29, 2017.
Of the two you mentioned, I would probably go with .380 - this coming from a guy who owns 9 Mak guns, but just got rid of his last .380. I say this because factory .380 ammo is slightly easier to come by and the VZ61 ejects out the top. When I shoot mine, brass hits the roof of the range and goes raining down everywhere. Since I reload, this is a bit distressing, although I haven't started reloading .32 ACP just yet.
I'm not sure you will run into a ton of people who have experience suppressing these guns, but any of the three calibers should suppress just fine. The real issue would be finding a purpose-built suppressor for 9 Mak. In that case, suppressing the .380 would be a no-brainer for that purpose IMO.
I find my 32acp pistol is at least as fun as a 22LR pistol. I'll SBR it one day, but first it needs a rear sight, lol (bubba milled it off to attach a sight rail off the back of the gun, yuk)
I'd get one in 32acp. The mags are cheap, very reliable, and original. The 380s use a straight polymer mag that's only sourced from Czechpoint to my knowledge, and really ruins the iconic lines of the gun. 9mm mak is kind of annoying simply due to the not-actually-9mm bullet size that makes reloading components and barrels more expensive. The smaller 30-cal bore size will suppress much better than the other options, while also not cycling the action nearly so hard as those with higher momentum do, which also helps keeps thing quiet & comfortable. I understand that silenced VZ61s run quite nicely, and are almost absurdly quiet even with smaller cans.
9x18 all the way.
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