MP-444 Bagira

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TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originRussia
Production history
DesignerR. G. Shigapov[1]
ManufacturerIzhevsk Mechanical Plant[1]
Mass760 g unloaded
Length186 mm
Barrel length104 mm

Cartridge.380 ACP
9×18mm Makarov
9×19mm Parabellum
Muzzle velocity325 m/s (9×18mm Makarov)
Effective firing range50 m (9×18mm Makarov)
Feed system10[1] or 15-round detachable box magazine
SightsIron 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, 9×18mm Makarov and 9×19mm Parabellum. It also uses a detachable, box-type, double-column magazine.[2]


The design of MP-444 is based on the design of MP-443 pistol[3].

In November 2000 one MP-444 pistol was presented at "INTERPOLITEX-2000" Arms exhibition in Moscow, and it was offered for export[3].


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.


Museum exhibits[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Дмитрий Беляев. "Шаги к успеху". Экспериментальные и опытные разработки ижевских оружейников на выставке в Музейно-выставочном комплексе стрелкового оружия им. М. Т. Калашникова в Ижевске // журнал "Калашников. Оружие, боеприпасы, снаряжение". № 5, 2012. стр.62-66
  2. ^ Dragunov, Mikhail (March–April 1999). "Bagira and Varyag to replace Makarov". Military Parade JMC. p. 1. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b Юрий Амелин. "Багира" происходит от "Грача" // журнал "Оружие", № 9, 2000. стр.38-43
  4. ^ "Регистрационный номер: 2.2.1/001... Пистолет спортивно-тренировочный БАГИРА МР444"
    Постановление Правительства Республики Казахстан № 1367 от 25 декабря 2002 года "Об утверждении Государственного кадастра гражданского и служебного оружия и патронов к нему"
  5. ^ "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"
  6. ^ "MK_OF-850 Пистолет МР-444 (№ 99 ОП 013)"
    Электронный каталог / M. T. Kalashnikov Museum official website

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