Hungarian Weapons - FegArmy / FEG Pistols
Due to the problems with the aluminum frame of the RK59 Police Pistol, the Fegyvergyár's engineers and independent metal/alloy research factories started a two-year
experimentation to find the right aluminum alloy. Finally an addition of .1% Titanium to the aluminum alloy solved the wear problem. The internal wear-surfaces of the pistol were also redesigned. The resulting new model was called the R61.
This was the first succesful aluminum framed 9mm pistol.
The pistol has an external hammer with a revolving safety mechanism built into the slide. The double action firing mechanism and the external hammer make it possible to fire the first shot directly by pulling the trigger with a round in the chamber, while the gun is unlatched with the released hammer. The hammer may be cocked with the thumb also. The hammer is provided with a safety rest to protect against accidental discharge. The safety mechanism in the slide allows barrel loading of the latched pistol safely.
The slide shows the model name 'R61', 'Cal. 9mmM' (M for Makarov), the Socialist Hungarian Kádár-crest, and 'FÉG Budapest'.
Serial numbers are 4-digit with a letter prefix. C-prefix serials were reported. C0001 - C9848 reported
Imported to the USA by KBI Inc.
Original pistols had a polished two-tone finish.
B-prefix serialized pistols were imported by Century Arms, marked "CAI. St. Alb. VT." on the right side of the slide.
The example reported was re-barreled to .380 acp by FEG, and marked "9mm short" on the bolt.
Some R61 pistols can be found re-barreled to .380ACP by others than the FEG factory. These conversions are not marked, so verify proper chambering before firing.
A small number of pistols were manufactured for commercial sale by FegArmy Kft during 2003-05, without the socialist crest, with a thumbrest grip and a single tone finish.
Design improvements of the Walther PPK by FÉG.