ČZ vz. 38

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ČZ vz. 38
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ČZ vz. 38
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Production history
Designer František Myška
Manufacturer Česká zbrojovka Strakonice
Produced 1939–45[1]
Weight 32 oz (910 g)[1]
Length 8.125 in (20.64 cm)[1]
Barrel length 4.625 in (11.75 cm)[1]

Cartridge .380 ACP[1]
Action Blowback
Muzzle velocity 980 ft/s (300 m/s)[2]
Feed system 9-round detachable magazine
Sights Fixed

The vz. 38 is a semi-automatic pistol manufactured from 1939 until 1945 chambered in .380 ACP (in Europe called 9×17mm Browning Short). The barrel is attached to the frame by a hinge, allowing for very easy disassembly. Certain aspects of the pistol are covered by Czechoslovakian patent 65558 which may also be found as Finnish patent FI18533(A) from 1939.

The pistol was never used by the Czech military, as the vz. 38 orders were not yet delivered when Germany occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938. Several vz. 38s, modified to have a manual safety, were exported to Bulgaria before the German occupation. Most of the pistols saw service in Greater German police and security forces, and despite several issues the vz. 38 was still in production until 1945.


  1. ^ a b c d e Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 131. 
  2. ^ Chamberlain, Peter; Gander, Terry (1976). Axis pistols, rifles, and grenades. New York: Arco. p. 13. ISBN 0668040769. OCLC 2388349. 

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