The Wife is a Pinko Commie!

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    The Wife is a Pinko Commie!

    Well after taking her to look at a dozen or so different .380's an 9 Millimeter's, she fell in love with the Hungarian made PA-63 in 9x18 Makarov, to be her every day carry.

    As I'm sure most of you know, the pistol is based on the Walther PPK, and like the Bersa and Walther is a fixed barrel design. It's a former Hungarian police/military sidearm that is now available in the US; we were able to pick it up new, for $200 bucks. I was a little worried about being able to get the ammo for it, but after some research, it's available on line and the gun shop, here in town, has ten thousand rounds on hand.

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    Looks like a solid little pistol, although I have no experience with this model.........

    Congrats!

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    IF the manufacturing is good, the design is solid.

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    Remember - these are Blowback pistols , so make sure
    she keeps it spotless clean and check the recoil spring
    for weakness on a regular basis.

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    Nice gun!!!....I have one of my own......If it hurts her hand any... tame it down with some wolf springs.....an easy change that you can do yourself that helps tremendously......you also might look into polishing the feedramp...again something that is easily done at home....enjoy....they are fun to shoot and affordable.......I haven't found any yet but I hear they make gold dots for them.....
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    It's a great weapon! Flat panel grips are also available to replace the built-in thumbrest, and to make it more comfortable to CC, if that's an issue.

    You might also take a look at the P-64, also a clone of the PPK, but smaller, and also chambered in the 9mm Makarov round. It is every bit the equal of the PPK in performance, plus the 9mm Mak is a bit hotter than the .380 PPK. I have (2) and they are readily available thru J&G and SOG, altho it is not a C&R classified gun. They generally run $180 if you buy direct, add the FFL cost, and for $200 or so, you have a fantastic small all-steel PPK that virtually disappears in an IWB, and is great for pocket carry, as well. I can't say enough about this pistol, and actually sold my PA-63 to pick up a second one. They are 1970's manufacture, and were police and military issue in eastern Europe...and they won't be around much longer, as they have been imported for about 3 years now, and some distributors have already run out.

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    I bought two CZ-82s, '86 & '88 models built by the "commies." Excellent quality and very enjoyable to shoot. Ammo is around, although good "SD" ammo is scarce. The 9mm Mak is easy to reload, cases can be made from 9mm Luger. The pistol is all-steel and its weight makes control very easy. She'll love her -63. Good reviews on it.
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    Nice pistol. Congrats.
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    Not bad looking for a commie gun. Looks just like a Walther.
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    Nice PA63 hope wife really enjoys it!!!!!

    Double action trigger is stiff, while single action trigger is nice.

    When I carry my PA63, I carry it locked and loaded hammer down and safety off, long hard DA trigger serves as safety.

    Painted front sight with white nail polish, and it really helped me find the sight and come to target.

    9X18 ammo is not hard to find, my PA63 does not like some HP rounds.

    About any holster that fits PP or PPk will fit the PA63.

    Hope some of this will help you enjoy your PA63!!!!
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    I have an FEG R61 (model down from yours) in a .380

    A couple of things it doesn't have that I wish it did.

    It doesn't have a slide lock.
    The thumb grip is great for small hands.... first time I fired mine at the range, the hammer beat the crap out of my hand (bloody). I have some links where you can get grips for it.

    If you haven't field stripped it yet... (hehehe) I'll link you with the instructions... (the trigger guard pulls down to release the slide.... BE VERY CAREFUL there is a small (Jesus) clip that tends to pop out (I call it that ... because as it flings across the room.. you'll say JESUS!!!) Otherwise, it's a nice accurate little gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Luttrel View Post
    Well after taking her to look at a dozen or so different .380's an 9 Millimeter's, she fell in love with the Hungarian made PA-63 in 9x18 Makarov, to be her every day carry.

    As I'm sure most of you know, the pistol is based on the Walther PPK, and like the Bersa and Walther is a fixed barrel design. It's a former Hungarian police/military sidearm that is now available in the US; we were able to pick it up new, for $200 bucks. I was a little worried about being able to get the ammo for it, but after some research, it's available on line and the gun shop, here in town, has ten thousand rounds on hand.

    Hey John, how much did the 10,000 rounds cost your?
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    I've had my Makarov since the early 90's.
    I don't think I will ever part with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by searcher 45 View Post
    Nice PA63 hope wife really enjoys it!!!!!

    Double action trigger is stiff, while single action trigger is nice.

    When I carry my PA63, I carry it locked and loaded hammer down and safety off, long hard DA trigger serves as safety.

    Painted front sight with white nail polish, and it really helped me find the sight and come to target.

    9X18 ammo is not hard to find, my PA63 does not like some HP rounds.

    About any holster that fits PP or PPk will fit the PA63.

    Hope some of this will help you enjoy your PA63!!!!
    I went with Dayglo-orange myself. White blends into the background too much for me. And most BGs aren't going to be wearing bright colors, so no contrast conflict there. Local drug stores carry an array of bright, glowing nail polishes @ $3. The dayglo colors work best when applied over a coat of white. really stands out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I went with Dayglo-orange myself. White blends into the background too much for me. And most BGs aren't going to be wearing bright colors, so no contrast conflict there. Local drug stores carry an array of bright, glowing nail polishes @ $3. The dayglo colors work best when applied over a coat of white. really stands out!
    Thank you for the info will try dayglo orange.
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