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Zaragoza Corla
Type Pistol Machine pistol
Place of origin Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
Service history
Used by Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
Production history
Designer Brothers Zaragoza
Manufacturer Fabrica de Armas Zaragoza
Number built 1050(long version)
Variants Long version,short version
Length long model 155 mm,short model 102 mm
Barrel length long model 59 mm,short model 41 mm

Cartridge .22 Long Rifle
Action Closed bolt
Muzzle velocity 350 m/s (1,148 ft/s)
Effective range 150 m
Sights Rear:

In 1956 brothers Joseph (José) and Andrew (Andrés), Zaragoza founded the Zaragoza Arms Factory in Mexico City, near Mexico City International Airport.[1] The first weapon made by this outfit was a single shot rifle .22 caliber.

Later, they started manufacturing the .22 caliber semiautomatic pistol Corla model, which was named in honor of two dealers who had the surnames Larios and Cordova. As for the brand logo, the letters H and Z correspond to "Hermanos Zaragoza".[2][3]


Short modelEdit

The total length of this was 4 inches and featured engraving representing The Temple of the Sun at Teotihuacan and the volcanoes Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. At the beginning of its production its planned name was "Azteca" in honor of the Aztecs, but the name was changed to "Corla" for the reasons explained above.

Long modelEdit

The Long Model was designed due to recoil in the short model. It was decided to remove the engraving of the volcanoes and the pyramid. Total numbers manufactured were approximately 1150 units.

End of productionEdit

Like most weapons factories in Mexico, this also disappeared after the student strike in 1967, as then-President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz made a decree to regulate firearms.


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