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Criolla
HAFDASA Criolla
Country of origin

Argentina

Manufacturer(s)

HAFDASA

Production began

Before 1953

Production ended

1953

Weapon type

Pistol

Caliber

.22 Long Rifle

Action

Blowback

Barrel length

2.25 inches (5.72 centimeters)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

10-round detachable box magazine


The HAFDASA Criolla (Spanish for Creole) is an Argentinian pocket pistol.

History

The Criolla was designed by HAFDASA before 1953, and ultimately stopped production in 1953 when HAFDASA went bust. That same year, a few former HAFDASA employees came together to form Armotor S.A., and produced the Zonda C22, a pistol very heavily based on the Criolla. Unfortunately for those employees, the Zonda sold poorly and was discontinued after a short time; the C22 would turn out to be the only product that Armotor would make before going bust.

Design Details

The Criolla is a small pocket pistol with a noticeably long receiver. The Criolla has a unique feature; by simply turning the bolt, the user could select whether the gun would eject spent cartridges to the left or right of the weapon, thereby making it "ambidextrous". The weapon has two ejection ports due to said function; the later Zonda C22 did not have this feature.

References

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