Hungarian Weapons - Fémáru FÉG Pistols



FÉG PA-63 Army Pistol (Pisztoly 63 Minta - PA 63M)

A Walther PPK type aluminum frame pistol
Manufactured by Fémáru es Szerszámgépgyár NV, later called Fegyver és Gázkészülékgyár ('FÉG'), Budapest, 1963-90
Caliber: 9x18mm Makarov
171mm [6.7"] long, 100mm [3.9"] barrel
7-rd magazine
Unloaded weight: 540g, loaded: 600g

Upon the success of the light weight R-61 Police Pistol the Hungarian People's Army requested a new aluminum framed 9x18mm Makarov chambered pistol to replace their 48.M (Tokarev TT-33) Army Pistols. They also asked for and received a 7-round magazine and a longer, 100mm barrel.
English Disassembly Manual

The PA-63 was the official Hungarian Army sidearm from 1963 until 1996, chambered for the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge. It was manufactured with a bright-finish Titanium-Aluminium alloy frame (later with blued frame), and a steel slide. Early grips had no thumbrest. Some police and commercial pistols have two-tone finish.
This pistol was replaced by the 9x19mm FÉG P9RC as the Hungarian Army's '96.M' service pistol in 1996.

Typical PA-63 markings are on the left side of the frame, between the trigger and the grip panel. The serial numbers are usually 2 letters and 4 numbers. The circled 'M' and the heart-shape circled 'I' are inspection marks. The small Hungarian crest with the 2-digit date are the acceptance marks. The '7's are a bit weird often look like '1's. Acceptance dates as early as 1947 have been observed on the PA-63's, obviously a few older guns were rebuilt into PA-63's. Note to the collectors: Pistols with dates before 1962 (as of 2012) qualify as C&R (Curio & Relic) FFL.

Design improvements of the Walther PPK by FÉG.

A two-tone version of the PA-63 was manufactured for police use.

A new version of the PA-63 with a more ergonomical grip design was marketed cca. 2005. These were available from US importer, Century Arms.


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