Hungarian Weapons - FégArmy FÉG Pistols
An S&W Mod.59 influenced modernized version of the FÉG FP9 to improve sales potential. The slide and magazine design resembles the Browning HP, other features from the S&W Mod.59, were combined and improved. Double-action lockwork and a slide-mounted safety catch represent significant improvements. The safety catch lowers the hammer when applied, locks the firing pin, and places a solid block between the hammer and firing pin.
The firing mechanism, flying firing pin and the rotating safety latch are incorporated in the slide. The double action firing mechanism allows the cocked hammer to be released, whith round in the chamber. The safety mechanism allows safe loading of the latched pistol.
Interesting and unusual left-hand models were manufactured in the mid-1980s, with the safety catch on the right side of the slide, and the slide stop
and magazine catch on the right side of the frame.
The slide legend: 'P9R Cal. 9mm Parabellum Made by FEG Hungary'
Issued to the Hungarian Police from 1993. Partially replaced by the IMI Jericho Pistol during 1995-2000, with both being gradually replaced by H&K USP Pistol after 2000.
5-digit serial numbers with an 'R' prefix:
Serial number range reported: R24701 - R69860
Imported by Century Arms to the US. 'C.A.I. ST. Alb. VT.'
5-digit serial numbers with a 'G' prefix:
Serial number reported: G34832
Imported by Interarm Huston TX
The P9R was marketed under different names, including Mauser 90DA, Luger M90, Kettner M90 and in the US as MBK-9HP by KBI.