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P-83 Wanad
Pistol P83.jpg
P-83 pistol
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  Poland
Service history
In service 1983-present
Used by Polish police and armed forces
Wars Yugoslav Wars
Iraq War
Production history
Designer OBR Radom
Designed 1978
Manufacturer Łucznik Arms Factory
Produced 1983-2000
Variants P-83 in (9x17mm Short), P-83M, P-83G, P-93, PT-83
Weight 730 g (26 oz) (P-83, P-83G)
650 g (23 oz) (P-83M)
750 g (26 oz) (P-93)
Length 165 mm (6.5 in) (P-83, P-83G)
170 mm (6.7 in) (P-93M)
178 mm (7.0 in) (P-93)
Barrel length 90 mm (3.5 in) (P-83, P-83M, P-83G)
100 mm (3.9 in) (P-93)
Width 30 mm (1.2 in) (P-83, P-83G, P-93)
34 mm (1.3 in) (P-83M)
Height 125 mm (4.9 in) (P-83, P-83G, P-93)
127 mm (5.0 in) (P-83M)

Cartridge 9x18mm Makarov (P-83, P-83M, P-93)
.380 ACP (9x17mm Short) (P-83)
.32 ACP (7.65x17mm Browning SR) (P-83)
9 mm PA (P-83G)
Action Straight blowback
Muzzle velocity 312 m/s (1,024 ft/s) (P-83, P-83M)
284 m/s (931.8 ft/s) (P-83 in 9x17mm Short)
316 m/s (1,036.7 ft/s) (P-93)
Effective range Sights fixed for 25 m (9x18mm Makarov)
Feed system 8-round box magazine
Sights Fixed, front blade and rear notch

The P-83 Wanad (pl.Vanadium) is a 9 mm Polish semi-automatic pistol, chambered for the 9x18mm Makarov cartridge and designed by Ryszard Chełmicki and Marian Gryszkiewicz of the state research institute Ośrodek Badawczo-Rozwojowy in Radom. The P-83 succeeded the P-64 as the sidearm for the Polish Army and police. The P-83 is still in limited use by both the Polish police and the Polish military but it has been mostly almost completely replaced by Glock 19 and Walther P99 pistols in Police service and partially by by the indigenous WIST 94 pistol in the Polish military.

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