Gward
Gward is a Polish revolver designed in the early 90s by H. Gtowski, W. Koperski, S. Ciepielski from Military Technical Academy (Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna) and R. Chełmicki, T. Podgórski, J. Dudek from "Wifama" Textile Machine Factory (Kombinat Maszyn Włókienniczych "Wifama"). Gward was created for use by a Polish police and has been the only revolver-type weapon ever designed in Poland. First 50 test series revolvers was delivered to Polish police in the end of 1990. In 1994 Gward entered into mass  production at KMW "Wifama". Early on the gun was named RSP, standing for Rewolwer Specjalnego Przeznaczenia (Special Purpose Revolver), but eventually it was renamed as Gward. There was a plan to manufacture Gward in 3 versions with 2-1/2, 4, and 6 inch barrel length, but finally the decision was made to produce it in 2-1/2 and 4 inch barrel lenght only.
Gwarda design
Gward fires .38 Special cartridge and is being fed from a swing-out cylinder holding 6 rounds. Cylinder latch is located on left side of frame before cylinder. Weapon is equipped with ejector, ejector rod is located under barrel. Gward has double action trigger mechanism with exposed hammer and firing mechanism with fixed firing pin on hammer. Gward is not equipped with manual safety, gun has automatic safety which stay hammer in front position if shooter don't release trigger and automatic safety which lock firing pin if cylinder is swing out of weapon. The main spring adjustment screw is located at the bottom of its grip, which is clad in wooden panels. Gward revolver has open sights with fixed front sight and windage adjustable rear sight. Sight are equipped with point which was used to shooting in night.
STAN
STAN is a Polish sport revolver which based on Gward. STAN idea was created by Stanisław D±bkowski and Stanisław Zapałkowski, gun was designed in "Wifama" Textile Machine Factory in 90ties. First STAN prototype has 6' long barrel, highed front sight, and rear sight with windage and elevation adjustment. Last version of gun is equipped with steel jacket around barrel, and front sight mounted on jacket. STAN fired .38 Special cartridge and is feed from swing out cylinder for 6 rounds. Other features is the same as Gward revolver (cylinder latch, automatic safeties, main spring adjustment screw, trigger mechanism, grip panels). First last version type STAN revolvers were made in 1996, only over a dozen STAN revolvers were produced. STAN similar to Gward is a not well made gun and has heavy trigger.
RG 38
RG 38 is a Polish top break gas revolver designed by Tomasz Podgórski in "Wifama" Textile Machine Factory in 90ties, gun based on Gward revolver. RG 38 fired 9x17R mm gas cartridge and is fed from cylinder for 6 rounds. Gun is equipped with ejector, ejector rod is located under a barrel. Weapon has double action trigger mechanism and fixed firing pin mounted on hammer. Revolver is not equipped with manual safety. In grip is located main spring, on left and right side of grip was mounted wooden grip panels. RG 38 was not entered to mass production.
Gward summary
Gward is considered reliable and strong, but in opinion of many users Gward is a not well made gun and the trigger pull is too heavy. In few opinion not reliable part of this gun is a ejector and cylinder latch. Production was stopped in 1997, due to Polish police decision about stop buying revolver type weapon. 2000 Gward revolvers were produced.
version
Gward with 2.5 in barrel
Gward with 4 in barrel
STAN
RG 38
cartrisge
.38 Special
.38 Special
.38 Special
9x17R mm
barrel lenght
63,5mm (2,5 cala)
101,6mm (4 cale)
152mm (6 cali)
63,5mm (2,5 cala)
lenght
197mm
235mm
285mm
197mm
height
136mm
136mm
136mm
122mm
weight
1000g
1200g
1150g
800g
loading
swing out cylinder
swing out cylinder
swing out cylinder
top break
cylinder
6 rounds
6 rounds
6 rounds
6 rounds
Gward with 2.5 in barrel (63,5mm)