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Re-barreling my PA-63....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by db_tanker, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. db_tanker

    db_tanker Member

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    Got me a 380 Auto barrel for my PA-63.

    Was curious as to who else might have tried this swap.


    did a test and found that the mags had no issues with standard FMJ 380 ammo, just haven't seen how they feed yet.


    Anyone have any issues with this setup?
     
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    nobody ever tried it?


    Or at least around here? :confused:
     
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    The pa-63's are the same as the mak when it comes to swapping out the barrels. I looked at doing that with mine for a while. Wanted to go to the .32NAA. To do the mak's you have to have a barrel press. First you have to drive out a pin then press the barrel out of the frame. You really need the right barrel press to do it. www.makarov.com would be the place to start looking. I know they carry the mak press, but i don't know about the one for the pa-63. Hope that helps.

    Andrew
     
  4. Ron James

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    I changed the barrel on a PA-63 using hand tools. You have to be very careful, the frame is not hardened aluminum, it seems to be plain soft aluminium. You can gouge it very easliy. The barrel was not press fitted. one tap of a brass hammer and it came loose. The magazines are the same for the 380 and 9 Mak. Feeds and works well, no problems. just take your time. I've also changed barrels on a PPK and a PP usng hand tools. Just used a little heat on the frame.
     
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    Thanks Ron!


    As for using the 380 vs the 9 Mak...was the recoil reduced any between the two?

    I know the 9 Mak in the PA-63 was a bit stiff. I am actually trying to set this up for the fiancee and I know I am going to have to get the better grips...both for comfort and for aesthetics. :rolleyes:
     
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