Pistol Carpați Md. 1974
Pistolul calibrul 7,65mm Model 1974, also known as Pistolul Carpați, is a series of light semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Fabrica de Arme Cugir of Romania. It was initially introduced as a side-arm for submachine gun equipped units of the Romanian Army and is currently issued as a self-defence weapon in the Romanian Police.
|Pistol Carpați Md. 1974|
|Place of origin||Romania|
|Used by||Romanian Army, Romanian Police|
|Manufacturer||Fabrica de Arme Cugir|
|Variants||Md. 1974, Md. 1995, Md. 1995 gaz|
|Mass||520 grams (18 oz)|
|Length||168 millimetres (6.6 in)|
|Barrel length||91 millimetres (3.6 in)|
|Cartridge||7,65x17mm (.32 ACP)|
|Rate of fire||24 RPM|
|Muzzle velocity||285 m/s (935 ft/s)|
|Maximum firing range||50 metres (160 ft)|
|Feed system||Magazine, 8 rounds|
|Sights||mechanical; fore, blade; rear, fixed notch|
Pistolul Carpați Md. 1974 was designed by Întreprinderea Mecanică Cugir, currently Fabrica de Arme Cugir. Its construction is similar to that of the Walther PP/PPK semi-automatic pistol, but it is not a direct copy of it.
The body is made of duraluminium. It works as a double-action weapon on the first shot and as a single-action weapon for subsequent shots. Rounds are automatically fed from the 8-round magazine and the weapon is self-arming. The barrel has four rifling grooves and is coated with a thin layer of chrome.
Once the standard side-arm of the Romanian Police, Pistolul Carpați Md. 1974 is currently being replaced in service by the Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol and serves only as a self-defence weapon. The Romanian Army still has stocks of this weapon, but it is no longer issued to servicemen. It is, however, still issued to some of the police departments.
- Malloy, John, Century International's .32 ACP Carpati: Exceptionally Accurate Pistol, archived from the original on 2012-11-15, retrieved 2012-08-28
- Pregătire militară generală. Curs universitar. (General military training. University course.), p. 92
- Pregătire militară generală. Curs universitar. (General military training. University course.), p. 94
- (in English) Technical specifications from the manufacturer's website
- (in English) Video showing weapon disassembly