Soviet Spetsnaz Guns, Part II
By Maxim Popenker
Soviet APB silenced machine pistol
As discussed in a previous article on the PB pistol, Soviet Spetsnaz troops played a key role in Soviet military doctrine, in both local operations (mostly in third world countries such as Afghanistan) and in possible global war in Europe. In [...]
Today we have another guest post, and this time Leszek has really outdone himself. The subject is the Polish PM-63 machine pistol…
PM-63: Poland’s First PDW
by Leszek Erenfeicht
Almost twenty years before the West went PDW-crazy with advent of the micro-caliber rounds that made the concept viable at last, a machine pistol was created [...]
We don’t have very much information on today’s forgotten weapon, which is an Italian machine pistol designed by a gunsmith named Lercker. He worked for Beretta, but also had his own shop, where he designed this pistol.
Lercker machine pistol (click to enlarge)
What makes this design unusual is that it’s chambered for the [...]
We’re happy to have another guest article for you today, this time written by Ronaldo Olive of Brazil. This was originally printed in Combat Handguns in the 1980s, and we’re reprinting it with Ronaldo’s permission – thanks, Ronaldo! Folks looking for Portuguese-language reference books should definitely check out the several ebooks Ronaldo has available on [...]
The Stechkin APS was available with a collapsing stock and suppressor, for extra-sneaky uses. Thanks to Max Popenker, we have a couple photos of the combo:
Stechkin APS with suppressor and stock
Stechkin suppressor disassembled
These and a couple more are available on the Stechkin APS page in the Vault.
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The Stechkin automatic pistol was adopted by the Soviet military in 1951, alongside the Makarov pistol. Both are chambered bot the 9x18mm Russian cartridge, and both use simple blowback mechanisms. The Stechkin is a heavier and bulkier pistol, though, as it is designed for fully automatic fire.
The Stechkin uses a 20-round magazine as [...]