Jon Battista ðºð¸ð
Sunday gunday! This weeks feature is the Czech vz61 Skorpion. An odd weapon that is somewhere between a submachine gun and a machine pistol. Originally developed in 1959, the design was finalized in 1961, thus the vz61 designation. While Czechoslovakia was part of the Eastern block, they refused to buy Russian made weapons and continued to design and produce their own throughout the cold war. Yugoslavia would eventually produce a license built version called the m84. The weapon is select fire and fired from a closed bolt, utilizing straight blow back operation with a telescoping bolt. The idea was to create a sidearm which was relatively light and compact, while being able to deliver high rate of fire with a sizable magazine. While the 32acp (7.65x17mm) cartridge is considered underpowered by today's standards, in 1961 the idea of having a select fire pistol with 20 round magazine was pretty much unheard of, especially for its size. They would eventually be produced in 380acp, 9x19, and 9x18 makarov. As stated previously, this weapon is not the best choice by today's standards, but it is a neat piece of history that was unavailable on the US market until relatively recently. The design would eventually lead to the Skorpion Evo 3, which will be featured next week. As always be safe, have fun, and I hope you find these posts informative.
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