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The CZ 83 is a civilian export of a compact semi-automatic pistol made for the Czechoslovakian military, the vz.82. IT is a classic blow-back design with the slide return spring wrapped around a fixed barrel. It features an ambidextrous frame-mounted safety that locks the slide and sear when engaged, allowing for 'cocked and locked' carry.
This is the current Russian military cartridge used in the Makarov and Stechkin auto pistols. It was adopted shortly after the end of World War II, and its design was probably inspired by an experimental German cartridge called the 9mm Ultra. This cartridge is intermediate in size and power, between the .380 Automatic and the 9mm Parabellum. It is a well-designed cartridge for its purpose, although a little underpowered by Western standards.
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