MP-444

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MP-444
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  Russian Federation
Service history
In service 1995-present[citation needed]
Used by See Users
Production history
Manufacturer Izhevsk Mechanical Plant
Specifications
Weight 760 g unloaded
Length 186 mm
Barrel length 104 mm

Cartridge .380 ACP
9x18mm Makarov
9x19mm Parabellum
Action Blowback
Muzzle velocity 325 m/s (9x18mm Makarov)
Effective firing range 50 m (9x18mm Makarov)
Feed system 10 or 15-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

The MP-444 "Bagira" pistol is a modern pistol designed in Russia at the Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (IMZ); it was built to replace the Makarov pistols. This handgun is available in three main chamberings: .380 ACP, 9x18mm Makarov and 9x19mm Parabellum. It also uses a detachable, box-type, double-column magazine.[1]

Composition[edit]

The frame of the pistol is made of strong thermosetting plastic, with the operational steel elements, which makes this a lightweight weapon, built into a plastic construction. The travel of barrel in the close/open cycle is achieved by interaction of two slopes; a primary slope located on the lower part of the barrel and the secondary scope located on the base of the return/buffer mechanism. The buffer is made available to absorb and reduce shock loads of both barrel and slide in their extreme rear positions. The striker has a special cocking feature that looks like a hammer of a standard pistol. This construction allows the shooter to cock the striker manually, thus enabling a double-action operation or an operation with a preliminary cocked striker. An extractor has a dual function: that of extracting an empty case and the second case, which is an indicator of ammo in the magazine. If the extractor's front tip is slightly elevated, the pistol has ammunition. If the extractor is flush and even, this tells the pistoleer that he ran out of cartridges.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dragunov, Mikhail (March–April 1999). "Bagira and Varyag to replace Makarov" (in English (US)). Military Parade JMC. p. 1. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Регистрационный номер: 2.2.1/001 Пистолет спортивно-тренировочный БАГИРА МР 444"
    Постановление Правительства Республики Казахстан № 1304 от 23 декабря 2003 года «Об утверждении Государственного кадастра гражданского и служебного оружия и патронов к нему на 2004 год»
  3. ^ "Регистрационный номер: 2.2.1/001 Пистолет спортивно-тренировочный БАГИРА МР 444"
    Постановление Правительства Республики Казахстан № 1305 от 28 декабря 2006 года "Об утверждении Государственного кадастра гражданского и служебного оружия и патронов к нему на 2007 год"