PB (pistol)

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Pistolet Besshumnyy ("Silent Pistol")
PB pistol.jpg
Type Silent pistol
Place of origin  USSR
Service history
In service 1967-present
Used by KGB, army reconnaissance
Production history
Designer A.A. Deryagin[1]
Produced 1967[1]
Specifications
Weight 0.95[1]
Length 310 (suppressor attached)[1]
170 (without suppressor)[1]
Barrel length 105[1]

Cartridge 9×18mm Makarov[1]
Caliber 9 mm
Action blowback, double-action trigger, identical to the Makarov pistol
Rate of fire 30 rounds per minute[1]
Muzzle velocity ~ 290 m/s[1]
Feed system 8-round magazine[1]
Sights open sights

The PB silent pistol (Пистолет Бесшумный;[2] GRAU index 6P9) is a Soviet silenced pistol, based on the Makarov pistol design. It was issued into service in 1967.

Design[edit]

The pistol uses an integral suppressor, which, unlike most similar systems, consists of two parts. This allows the pistol to be carried and kept concealed without the front part of the suppressor attached, and for the silencer to be quickly deployed prior to use. The pistol may also be fired safely without the additional suppressor attachment, which may be important in critical situations. Without the front attachment, the pistol has a similar sound to the Makarov pistol. In fact, even with the attachment, the weapon is not completely silent; however, the level of sound reduction is significant. The detached suppressor is carried in a special compartment of the holster which was designed for the PB.[3]

The PB pistol's firing mechanism and design is based entirely upon that of the Makarov pistol. Because the front part of the barrel is covered by the suppressor, the bolt is very short, such that it does not allow placing a return spring into it. For that reason, the spring is in the grip, and acts on the bolt by means of a long lever.

The sights are fixed and not adjustable.[1]

The pistol uses standard 8-round magazines from the Makarov pistol.[1]

Users[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m А. И. Благовестов. То, из чего стреляют в СНГ: Справочник стрелкового оружия. / под общ.ред. А. Е. Тараса. Минск, «Харвест», 2000. стр.84-86
  2. ^ "Пистолет Бесшумный" means "Silent Pistol"
  3. ^ Бесшумный пистолет (ПБ) — Описание, ТТХ, фото

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