PSM small self - loading pistol

OTs - 21 «Malish» small self - loading pistol

PM Makarov pistol

The Makarov PMM updated self - loading pistol

Pya Yariggin pistol

9 mm OTs-35 pistol

    Pistols and revolvers are the weapons of direct assault and defence at short ranges, that is up to 50 m. Their light weight and small size enable a person to carry constantly these weapon by him and be quick to open fire from various postures. Firing is performed mainly with one hand and con sequently, constitutes the main feature of this type of personal weapon during its entire history of existence. The great majority of modern combat pistols feature the firing mechanisms with В«self cockingВ» (double action). This allows the user to rapidly fire the first shot, if the cartridge is in the chamber. These self loading pistols are operational in the role of auxiliary weapons intended for sol diers, sergeants, officers, as organic weapons for senior and high rank officers and are widely used by special purpose subunits. The combat pistols of 7.62 9mm Cal. fed from a 8--18 round magazine are in a rather wide use. The personal weapon is rather conservative, since its Models remain in service for a long time. From the family of 9mm pistols are worth mentioning the widely used Models, including В«Browning High PowerВ». В«BerettaВ» 92SF (American M9), P1 В«WalterВ». In some Armies the large caliber pistols (11.43--12.7mm) with its strong resemblance to American Model В«ColtВ» 11.43mm M1911A1 are adopted for combat service. The В«pocketВ» pistols Cal. 5.6--9mm are used for self defence purposes and special missions. The known Model of Soviet made В«pocketВ» pistol 5.45mm PSM and American Model 9mm M11 (В«SIG sauerВ» P228). By the way, the Makarov 9mm pistol may also be considered as a small size weapon.
    The revolvers were discarded from combat inventory of the armies of developed countries, but still remained in use by paramilitary formations and armed forces of underdeveloped countries. The revolvers are now basically used as В«PoliceВ» and В«CivicВ» weapon.
    The important and basic criteria for developing the modern personal combat weapons are small size and weight, since they are usually an additional weight and not the main one, increased of fire accuracy and armour piercing capability, due to the wide use of individual protection means. As an example, the advent of the Russia made pistol cartridges with bullets of increased piercing capa bilities of 7N25 (9x18 PBM) or 7N31 (9x19 PBP) with retaining stopping action capacity.




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