Exploring some curious CZ pistols with a covert connection (VIDEOS)

The .32ACP-chambered CZ vz. 27 hailed from pre-WWII Czechoslovakia but went on to live a very diverse lifestyle, with a certain element of plausible deniability.

Developed by firearms wonk Frantisek Myska in the 1920s as a toned down vz.22/24 (a cute little semi-auto chambered in .380ACP), the vz.27 was pretty successful for the Czechs and something like 500,000 of these nine-shot beauties were made between 1927 and when production stopped in 1951. The even Germans liked them so much during their WWII-occupation of Czechoslovakia that they adopted them as the P.27(t) for their own use.

However, after the war was over, the vz.27 was the perfect deniable gun as they had been exported to places as diverse as Ethiopia, Switzerland, and Ecuador, and had been captured in big numbers by both the Allies and Soviets. With a nod to this, the variant that Tim at the Military Arms Channel has in the above video could very well be a “sanitized” gun for covert operations.

And for all things Czech that are even funkier, MAC just dropped the below on the CZ38/39, which he terms as possibly one of the “least ergonomic handgun ever made.”

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