Historic Arms: Ceska Zbrojovka Model 27 (Cz-27) handgun in 9mm
By Michael G. Laramie
A German production Model 27 (vz. 27 or more commonly Cz-27) and a stamped German issued holster. This pistol carries a WaA76 German acceptance stamp and bears the slide legend “fnh Pistole Modell 27 Kal 7.65,” which show that it is a later German production version.
The establishment of Czechoslovakia at the end of the First World War not only created a new country, but, for the leadership of this new republic, a number of pressing problems. First among these was the new Czech army.
It seemed clear that, in order to maintain their independence, a strong army would be required as well as a self-sufficient arms industry to supply and equip it. The current array of military equipment on hand was impossible to support, so a general standardization plan became one of the first priorities. As part of this, in 1920, trials were held to select a new pistol for the Czech military which currently used an array of old revolvers, Austrian Model 07 and Model 12 semi-automatics, and Hungarian Frommer Stops.
A number of designs were submitted by newly formed Czech arms companies. Two were selected for additional trials and in the fall of 1921 the 9mm Parabellum design by Josef