Exclusive: Polish P-83 Wanad

Rare ComBloc 9x18mm Combining Advanced
Design And Rugged Durability!

By Michael O. Humphries

Most students of historical firearms are aware of Fabryka Broni Łucznik (Radom) of Poland, a highly respected armsmaker with a storied history. Having established a stellar reputation for quality and innovation in the pre-World War II era, Radom’s firearms are highly respected and sought-after collectibles for enthusiasts and shooters alike. Examples such as the classic wz.35 Vis 9mm pistol exhibit impressive quality and capable design, combining top-tier design with Poland’s reputation for quality manufacturing.

However, the after-effects of WWII and the beginnings of the Cold War era (and its division of Europe between the spheres of influence for East and West) would have profound effects upon Polish small arms design and development. The result was a sharp turn eastward in theory and design of Poland’s small arms, with Kalashnikov-based rifles becoming the de rigueur for the nation’s military.

In addition to the adoption and domestic production of 7.62x39mm AK-pattern rifles, Poland also shifted toward a more Soviet-centric focus in the design in its military handguns. The earliest result of this was the adoption of a variant of the Russian Tokarev TT-33 pistol in 7.62x25mm as the Pistolet wojskowy wzor 1948, or “Military pistol, model of 1948,” manufactured by Radom to the tune of more than 200,000 samples. While the pistol was very similar in pattern and design to its Russian forebear, it still exhibited the classic Polish attention to fine detail and quality craftsmanship.

The P-83 Wanad is a relatively rare Cold War-era pistol from Poland, chambered for the 9x18mm cartridge.
It is robust, tough and capable, and (to my eyes) a very handsome pistol.

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Read more here:: American Hand Gunner Magazine

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