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Polish P64 - Is it good? Is this price right?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by travDMH, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  2. MinnesnowtaWild


    Dec 26, 2011
    $180 is a fair price for the P64. They are sort of cool, but they don't really make a ton of sense to me for a carry gun. They are very heavy when you consider the low amount of firepower you're carrying around. The recoil is horrible for the low amount of firepower. The mag release is a no-go for me because I lost about 50% of the function in my left hand and I can't do effective mag changes for a carry gun. The sights are tiny for a carry gun, and the 9x18 Makarov has the same ballistics as a .380 but with much, much less options for self defense ammo. The DA trigger is nearly impossible for most people to pull, but the SA trigger is nice. There is no slide lock/release on it, so you have to insert an empty mag to lock it back. The safety/decocker goes from safe to fire going from a down to up position which is the opposite of many carry guns.

    But other than that, it's a pretty cool and affordable gun. I really want to get one just to have around, but I would never consider it a good defensive gun.

  3. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    It would be cool if you are into collecting that sort of thing. I would personally go with a Makarov (I just got one from Bud's). Or the CZ-82

    Looks like the prices of Maks are going up. Mine was $269 a couple months ago:


    If you wanted to use for personal protection then this is some ammo to consider:

    An article comparing .38 Special, .380, 9x18 Mak:

    Some more:

    Maks are built tough, can take a beating and they are easy to get hits with. I find the recoil very mild. Unfortunately I think the 9x18mm Mak to be a bit on the light side for SD. I don't like to go below .38 Special +P. YMMV. For just plinking these types of pistols are a lot of fun.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  4. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I've had thee P-64's since 2003.

    They are accurate and relable.
    All steel.
    Terrible DA trigger but this can be corrected with a main spring change.
    The recoil is very bad. I've never seen anyone that enjoyed shooting more than a couple magazines.
    I know a couple people that carry the gun (after changing the main spring).

    The gun gives the impression of being small but it is almost as big as a Makarov.

    I've seen new guns where the thumb safety could not be moved or it just flops around. The cause being the hole for the safety spring and plunger had a burr that was jamming the plunger. An easy fix.

    $180 is a decent price for a like new gun. I recently sold two of mine for $100 each.

    IMO, although more costly the Makarov or CZ82/83 are better guns.
  5. rtl

    rtl Robby The Guy Millennium Member

    Jul 27, 1999
    bought an unissued one from my birth year, which i thought was cool......replaced the hammer spring to get the trigger pull down to manageable was a safe queen for about a year.......took it out and shot about 10 rounds.......sold the next opportunity.

    multiple jams in each mag, and the recoil was unpleasant. not a keeper, but cheap at least
  6. Thanks all. I am no longer interested in it. Seems like a pos
  7. L Pete

    L Pete

    Mar 4, 2011
    I've got one.....

    Why to heavy a DA pull on the trigger. It's almost painful to pull.

    The single action pull is why too light. That was before I changed the mainspring. Then it became a truly hair trigger. It works, but I hate it.
  8. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

    Apr 15, 2011
    Dover NH
    Got a classic arms p64, 200 bucks, it shoots every time. thing is relible. Sure da is about 25 pounds so its a condition 3 gun, im having my gunsmith do a springswap soon to tame it, crisp 5 pound sa though and with a wolff recoil spring it is much more pleasant to shoot. Build quality is great on mine. classic arms has a good stock.
  9. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I ran across this picture of shooting the P-64 at 50 yards (standing, with two hands).
    The gun would mostly keep the hits in the 18 inch silhouette.
    No that's not right, the gun can easily keep all shots well with in the silhouette but I can't.:)
  10. Cmacc


    Feb 1, 2011
    Eastern Iowa
  11. I love mine. Check the firing pin channel - sometimes they're full of cosmoline and that causes weak strikes.

    I have to admit that the kick was a bit more stout than I expected. Probably because I didn't appreciate the size difference between the p64 and the Makarov. It's not like a 44 mag or anything, just a bit more than I thought it would be.
  12. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    I had two of them I just sold... I hated it.

    To be fair, they were reliable, solid guns. Also, very good size for CCW.

    Recoil was sucky though and the trigger was terrible.

    I did a write up about them on my blog.

    After I added the stronger recoil springs, it was still painful to shoot. I much prefer the CZ-82 and Makarov to the P-64.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  13. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  14. Diesel McBadass

    Diesel McBadass Tactically Epic

    Apr 15, 2011
    Dover NH
    Just did the hammer spring swap, what an improvement! I can pull easily with one finger no more israeli draws lol. The recoil sucked, until i got a wolff xtra power recoil spring, now its pleasant, iiked the gun so much i got marschals grips that look great and make it even more pleasant. there great guns, just need a little work. 10 bucks worth of springs and 10 minutes worth of work.
  15. 390ish


    Dec 6, 2004
    Change out the springs, get some reloading dies, a box of hornady bullets and a pound of AA5 powder. You can get a safe 1000 fps out if it with great accuracy. I carry it or a kahr cw9.
  16. Myke_Hart

    Myke_Hart Handloader

    Dec 5, 2007
    Mount Eden, KY
    Yeah, you need to change out the springs. Wolff springs can hook you up.

    Factory springs make the trigger hard as a rock in double action. With the wolf springs they are like butter.

    The only other complaint I have is the sights are very small.

    I have two.
    Polish p64 twins
  17. The_Gun_Guru

    The_Gun_Guru Build the Wall

    Great gun, but......


    I sold mine to a fellow GTer and have never regretted it! As far as the price.....too much!!!!

    For a BETTER experience in the same caliber/size get an FEG PA-63!!!! BETTER GUN AAND EASY ON THE well as the wallet!

  18. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    I'd buy one for a collection, otherwise the CZ82/83 or Mak is a much better built design.
  19. Nakanokalronin

    Nakanokalronin JMB & MTK

    May 13, 2008
    They're very accurate and a bargain for what you pay. I bought mine a few weeks ago and it's been nothing but reliable and accurate. To help with the trigger pull and recoil, I put a Wolff hammer & recoil spring in. After that I added some grip tape and a Wilson Combat front checkered strap to the front so I don't need to readjust my grip between shots. Those grip enhancements have worked out perfectly and does not cause any abrasion.

    The P64 will fit in most leather holsters made for a PPK. I bought a Bianchi 100 made for a PPK and it fits like a glove. If carried, make sure to have the safety/decocker in the down position. There is no automatic firing pin stop but when the safety/decocker is down, it does indeed block the firing pin from any movement. I also threw in the Wolff XP firing pin spring after a thorough cleaning.

    Could these be used as a budget carry piece? You bet!


    I'll agree that the CZ-82 with it's bigger grip, higher capacity, better trigger and C'd & L'd carry option are pluses, but the P64 is much smaller/slimmer and can easily get the job done if need be.
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  20. notjustanothermini

    notjustanothermini 'OP'

    Aug 11, 2011
    well i have a few mak's p64's and the like. FWIW, they are one of the most intelligently designed guns ever (not in firepower respects, but dual and triple functionality of parts, etc) alot of modern designs are borowed from these guns (beretta= no blow out extractor, CZ=look at a 82/83 and more)

    also the maks can extract without the extractor, much like a hk p7 with fluted chambers in case the extractor fails.

    but in all fairness it is rather wimpy little carry piece. out dated to say the least.

    BUT, CDNN sports has CZ-83's which are double stack 9x18 mak chambered SA/DA decockers. they have them for 169.99.

    the cz 83 lists for 480.00 on the czusa website, one helluva deal