This beautiful pistol is a ČZ vz. 27 and chambered in 7.65 mm Browning (aka. .32 ACP). I am not sure when this model was first manufactured but it was at least as early as 1939 (feel free to share any information you have on this gun in the comment below). This particular CZ 27 was made just after WWII in 1946. Thanks to RobertP for sharing these beautiful photos with us.

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  • mikenz

    My favorite .32 is still the 1910 Browning

  • M.J. Mahoney

    Introduced in 1927, I believe. The clue is in the name. 😉 “vzor 27” means “model 27”.

    Inventor Josef Nickl was most famous for the original Schnellfeuer Broomhandle Mauser, and worked with Mauser on a number of weapons. The vz 27 traces its circuitous lineage back to the Mauser 1910 and the 1910/14, small blowback pistols in .25 ACP and .32 ACP, respectively. There was also an experimental 9mm blowback M1909, according to Zhuk. Mauser produced an enlarged version, the 1912/14 in an experimental 9mm cartridge, similar in dimensions to the 9mm Para. (There were four experimental 9mm cartridges and this took version 3, the only one to be produced in any numbers. I don’t know if 9mm Para was any more or less powerful than “9mm Mauser Versuch III” though.) Forgotten Weapons actually did an excellent video on the rare 1912/14 last month.

    Anyway, sometime before 1922, Nickl designed a further experimental pistol in 9mm Nickl (a round for which I have no information at all,) which took on the more streamlined appearance of the CZ pistols. According to Max Popenker at, the Czechs bought Nickl’s patent and, in 1922 produced a version in .380. This was a locked-breech design with a rotating barrel. It was improved in the form of the vz 24 and adopted by the Czechs before they decided to do away with the locked-breech idea entirely and the straight blowback vz 27 was born.

    Visually the vz 24 and vz 27 are very similar. The vz 24, however, has forward-slanting cocking-serrations, while the vz 27’s are vertical. The vz 24 also sometimes has a slotted backstrap for a shoulder-stock, which were issued to Polish border-guards, (according to Zhuk again).

    • dp

      You are generally correct about vz.22 and 24 lineage vis-à-vis Nickel’s patent. The changes were primarily for easier manufacture. Even so, as I once read in one book on armaments of pre-war CZ. military they were way too expensive expensive for Czech ministry of defence.

      The development on part of Mauser with ‘lighter’ load 9mm cartridge was not successful and they abandoned the effort. They used sort of friction based delay mechanism.

      There was obviously shorter way around it by making (hotter Czech version of .380 ACP) it plain blowback with little heavier slide. Officers apparently did not want to lug ‘heavy’ piece however. As purchasing price came down with quantities, the vz.24 became kind of ‘acceptable’ compromise.

    • Robert

      Vz. 24´s (chambered in 9mm vz. 22 cartridge) were used by Czechoslovakian army and vz. 27´s by police (prison guards ..). BTW, there was an intention to replace the vz 24´s with vz. 38 pistols (with DAO mechanism).
      Forward-slanting cocking-serrations you can see on pre-war vz. 27´s, while vertical on war and post war production.

  • Matt

    I have one, in much rougher shape than this. However, it does have Waffenamt stamps, and BOHIMICHE WAFFENFABRIK AG PRAG on top of the slide. SN dates to 1943. Still shoots OK, after replacing the trigger return spring. If it could talk, I wonder what it’d say.

  • Blake

    This piece is our CZ-83’s grandaddy.

    Thanks for posting.

  • strongarm

    Josef Nickl was also the main designer of Mauser 1910/14 pistols and the designer of today’s most popular rotating barrel lock with a removable cam blog enabling easy take down.

  • dp

    This is straight blowback and finally developed version of previous, military issue, vz.24. There is nothing left from Nickel’s original design. These pistols were made thru WWII and used widely (especially after war ended). some versions had hard rubber grip. Indeed they are CZ classic; only model 75 was more popular lately.