Zaragoza Corla

In 1956 brothers Joseph (José) and Andrew (Andrés), Zaragoza founded the Zaragoza Arms Factory in Mexico City, near Mexico City International Airport. The first weapon made by this outfit was a single-shot rifle .22 caliber.

Later, they started manufacturing the .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol Corla model, which was named in honor of two dealers who had the surnames Larios and Cordova. As for the brand logo, the letters H and Z correspond to "Hermanos Zaragoza".

Zaragoza Corla
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer Fabrica de Armas Zaragoza
Origin Mexico
Country Name Origin Year
Mexico 1956
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Mexico View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Fabrica de Armas Zaragoza 1050 View


Short model

The total length of this was 4 inches and featured engraving representing The Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan and the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. At the beginning of its production its planned name was "Azteca" in honor of the Aztecs, but the name was changed to "Corla" for the reasons explained above.

Long model

The Long Model was designed due to recoil in the short model. It was decided to remove the engraving of the volcanoes and the pyramid. Total numbers manufactured were approximately 1150 units.

End of production

Like most weapons factories in Mexico, this also disappeared after the student strike in 1967, as then-President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz made a decree to regulate firearms.

Type Pistol Machine pistol
Place of origin  Mexico
Service history
Used by  Mexico
Production history
Designer Brothers Zaragoza
Manufacturer Fabrica de Armas Zaragoza
Number built 1050(long version)
Variants Long version,short version
Length long model 155 mm,short model 102 mm
Barrel length long model 59 mm,short model 41 mm
Cartridge .22 Long Rifle
Action Closed bolt
Muzzle velocity 350 m/s (1,148 ft/s)
Effective firing range 150 m
Sights Rear:

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