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Since getting into C&R firearms, I’ve been waiting for a big import that I felt I was actually “getting in on”. This, versus feeling like I was just picking through the tailings. The the Polish CZAK P-64 appeared on the scene.

Along Comes the Polish CZAK P-64

The P-64’s are still looking nice and I didn’t want to dick around and lose out on getting a nice one. So… I started surfing the usual C&R dealers and GunBroker.com. I ended up choosing one listed in very good condition from a popular dealer on GunBroker (that I’ve purchased from in the past) and got in at $239.00.

The pistol arrived two days later and I couldn’t be happier. It appears to have been issued but shows only the most minor holster wear. After disassembly and close inspection, I can’t believe it ever had more than the arsenal quality control rounds put through it. Super happy. Only disappointment is that it didn’t come with a spare magazine. I did get a beat up flap holster and cleaning rod (multi-tool?) with it.

A Seriously heavy trigger

After the typical research that anyone does prior to purchasing this pistol, I was fully prepared to not even be able to pull the trigger on DA. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, yes, you can actually pull the trigger. It’s not bad.

It is bad though. The gun “just went off” said no one with a P-64, ever. Follow up in SA is very nice. I’ll order the Wolff replacement spring as soon as I figure out which one I want.

I ordered 500 rounds (or was it 1,000?) of 9mm Makarov for my new P-64. Not that I intend to shoot it a lot, but with the idea that I’ll pick up a Russian Makarov at some point in the future. I probably won’t take it back to the range until I do something about the springs so, for now, it’s a hangar queen.

Final verdict: Brand new pistol for cheap. Really nice. Really happy.


Jeff Bailey

September 30, 2018

When you get that Mak, you’ll be glad you ordered plenty of rounds. They are great weapons and good shooters. I have one from the former East German factory of Ernst Thalmann. (Sorry, I don’t know how to get my keyboard to make an ‘a” umlaut.) I’ve had it for 5-6 years now and like it more every time I handle or shoot it. I brought back 3 captured Iraqi magazines for mine, and I know how nice it is to have them.

Since yours seems to be a version of the great Walther PPKs will PPKs magazines work?

Just so you know, I came to your blog after seeing a post of yours on iModeler. Take care and enjoy your C&R pistol!



November 3, 2018

Hi Jeff, Thanks for the reply. Yes, have had the P64 for some time now. Just never got around to spending much time with it. The P64 isn’t actually a Makarov but it was certainly inspired by them. As a Cold War / Gulf War guy, I’ve always been drawn to these types of firearms. I don’t believe that either Mak or PPK magazines would work in this pistol, but owning neither, that’s just a guess and I haven’t the mags to test that theory.




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