FEG 37M Pistol

The FÉG 37M is a Hungarian semi-automatic pistol based on a design by Rudolf Frommer. It was an improvement over the earlier Frommer 29M. It was made in 2 chamberings. The .380 ACP (9x17mmSR) chambered version was used by the Hungarian Army, while the .32 ACP (7.65x17mmSR) version was supplied to Hungary's German allies during World War II. The former, was known in Hungarian service as the M1937. The latter, in German service during World War II, was known as Pistole 37(u), pistole M 37 Kal. 7,65 mm or P37. The main difference between this and the other variants is that the "German" version had a manual safety (which the Hungarian issue did not have) and was marked "Pistole M 37 Kal. 7.65" and the FEG code "jhv" and date, along with the Waffenamt markings. Though it was produced under more strain due to the rate by which they wanted them produced, it was still a reliable pistol. 150 - 300,000 pistols were completed this way. Some partially finished post war models were also issued, and there was an attempt to produce the gun after the war, but without success.

FEG 37M Pistol
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer FEG (Fegyver-es Gepgyar)
Production Period 1937 - 1944
Origin Hungary
Country Name Origin Year
Hungary 1937
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Hungary View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
FEG (Fegyver-es Gepgyar) 1937 1944 300000 View

Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  Kingdom of Hungary
Service history
In service Approximately 20 years some postwar police
Used by Nazi Germany, Hungary
Wars World War II, Slovak-Hungarian War
Production history
Designer Rudolf Frommer
Designed 1937
Manufacturer Fémáru, Fegyver és Gépgyár (FÉG)
Produced 1937-1944
Number built 175,000 - 300,000
Variants 3
Weight 770g (27.7oz)
Length 182 mm (7.17 in)
Cartridge .380 ACP, .32 ACP
Caliber .32, .38
Action blowback operated automatic pistol
Muzzle velocity 984 ft/s (300 m/s)
Feed system 7 rounds
Sights Fixed, Iron

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