This seven-shot blowback pistol in 7.65mm Browning (.32 ACP) caliber was official Romanian military and police sidearm from 1974 to 1992. Much like Hungarian FEG series of military pistols, Carpati M74 has a two-tone, dura aluminum frame and blue steel slide and other components. Model unique given its curved forward lower frame. Currently retained in inventory by Romanian army and still used by police on a limited scale. A large number were sold to German Democratic Republic in early 1980s for use by that country's various government sub-agencies. Majority of those entering the United States in mid 1990s were East German surplus. These are identified by the drilled lower left grip which retains East German style, inserted lanyard cord. Imported in limited numbers, all appear to have been mistakenly stamped by importer with "FEG Hungary" due to their similar appearance to Hungarian RK 59, R 61 and PA 63. Few to none have been imported with the country of origin being Romania. They are among the scarcest of post-communist era imported semi-automatic pistols.