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Czech Flare Pistol

Post by ron3350 » Wed 12 Aug 2020, 03:52

I would like to know the model of this Czech flare pistol.
I have not seen this cannon-muzzle style before. Any info is welcome.
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Re: Czech Flare Pistol

Post by ron3350 » Wed 12 Aug 2020, 23:53

I just found out that this pistol is made by Brno and is a model Vz 44.
Made from 1952 and is a copy of the Soviet M44 with a few changes.

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Re: Czech Flare Pistol

Post by signalman » Thu 13 Aug 2020, 02:39

The barrel was made normally with and without the crown at the muzzle end.
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I am still looking for ANY information regarding the European Use of the Original Costons flares from 1859 through 1881. Photo's, Patents, contracts & orders, ANY INFORMATION IS NEEDED ! !

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Post by 964AWACS » Wed 16 Sep 2020, 18:55

That is the second variant (with the reinforcing ring at the muzzle) of the Vz 44. The first variant is very similar but lacks the muzzle ring. It was followed by the Vz 44/67 and the 44/81 with major differences in barrel profile, metal finish and wrap-around bakelite grips. According to James Brown in his book "Cold War Pistols of Czechoslovakia" (which dedicates a chapter to these Czech flare guns) the Czechs produced a total of 32,700 of both variants of the Vz 44, with the muzzle ring being added somewhere between serial numbers 11,000 and 15,000. Years of production for the Vz 44 were 1952 through 1958.

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Re: Czech Flare Pistol

Post by ron3350 » Fri 18 Sep 2020, 09:40

I thank you both for the extra information on my Czech pistol.

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Re: Czech Flare Pistol

Post by billybibbet » Sat 26 Sep 2020, 20:46

964AWACS wrote:
Wed 16 Sep 2020, 18:55
That is the second variant (with the reinforcing ring at the muzzle) of the Vz 44. The first variant is very similar but lacks the muzzle ring. It was followed by the Vz 44/67 and the 44/81 with major differences in barrel profile, metal finish and wrap-around bakelite grips. According to James Brown in his book "Cold War Pistols of Czechoslovakia" (which dedicates a chapter to these Czech flare guns) the Czechs produced a total of 32,700 of both variants of the Vz 44, with the muzzle ring being added somewhere between serial numbers 11,000 and 15,000. Years of production for the Vz 44 were 1952 through 1958.
Excellent information, thank you for sharing. I have a total of five different variants with all the different combinations of features, finishes and grips...they seem to all be separated chronologically in the proper serial number ranges to make sense of their order.

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