MSP Groza silent pistol

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MSP Groza silent pistol
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Type Silent, derringer
Place of origin  Soviet Union
Service history
Used by  Soviet Union
 Russian Federation
Wars Cold War
Soviet war in Afghanistan
Production history
Designed 1972
Manufacturer Tula Arsenal
Produced 1972–2002
Specifications
Weight 530 g
Length 115 mm
Barrel length 2×66 mm

Cartridge 7.62×38 SP-3
Caliber 7.62 mm
Barrels 2
Action Break-action, Double Action Only
Muzzle velocity 200 m/s
Feed system 2-round clip
Sights Fixed, iron sights

The MSP Groza ("thunderstorm") silent pistol is a double-barrel, derringer-type firearm designed in the Soviet Union in 1972.[1] The firearm is chambered for the silent 7.62×38 SP-3 cartridge which is fed via a two-round clip. The weapon was designed at the request of the Spetsnaz and KGB as an assassination weapon. It is no longer in production, having been superseded by more modern designs.

The weapon was used operationally in Afghanistan and in Central America during the Cold War.[2]

Design[edit]

Using a specialized cartridge, the Groza has no firing pins in a traditional sense. When fired, an internal piston within the cartridge launches the bullet forward and retains all the gases within the barrel, thus making a near silent weapon.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodard, W. Todd (24 October 2016). Cartridges of the World: A Complete and Illustrated Reference for Over 1500 Cartridges. Iola, Wisconsin: F+W Media, Inc. p. 428. ISBN 978-1-4402-4642-5. 
  2. ^ a b Cutshaw, Charles Q. (2006). Tactical Small Arms of the 21st Century. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 101–102. ISBN 0-87349-914-X. 
  • Gander, Terry (2002). Jane's Infantry Weapons 2002–2003. Jane's Information Group. p. 298. ISBN 0-7106-2434-4. 

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