Vektor SP1

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Vektor SP1/SP2
Vektor SP1
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin  South Africa
Service history
In service 1992 - Present
Used by South Africa, Malaysia
Production history
Manufacturer Denel Land Systems, South Africa
Variants Vektor SP1, Vektor SP2
Weight 995 g (2.194 lb)
Length 210 mm (8.3 in)
Barrel length 118 mm (4.6 in)
Width 40.5 mm (1.59 in)
Height 145 mm (5.7 in)

Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W
Caliber 9 mm, 10 mm
Action Double action, short recoil operation
Muzzle velocity 347 ± 15 m/s (9×19 mm)
Effective firing range 50 m (160 ft)
Feed system Detachable box magazine, + 1 in chamber
15-rounds - 9 mm,
11-rounds - .40 S&W
Sights Iron sight with Tritium light

The Vektor SP1 is an improved 9mm version of the Z-88 pistol (which is a locally produced copy of Beretta 92F), produced since 1992 by Denel Land Systems (DLS), formerly Lyttleton Engineering Works (LIW) .


The Vektor SP1 and SP2 pistols are almost the same save for the calibre and magazines, and broadly based on the Italian Beretta 92 design. SP stands for “Service Pistol” and both weapons are full-sized, holster type pistols of solid construction. Vektor also makes compact versions of both models, marketed as “General models”; these have shorter barrels, slides and grips.

The Vektor SP1 is a short-recoil operated, locked-breech pistol. It uses a Walther-type tilting locking piece, located below the straight-recoiling barrel, to lock it to the slide. The frame is made from aluminium alloy, other parts are steel. The trigger is double-action, with an exposed hammer and a frame-mounted, ambidextrous safety that allows for "cocked and locked" carry. Sights are fixed; the front sight is pinned to the slide, the rear is dovetailed. Magazines are double stack; the magazine release button is located at the base of trigger-guard.


A .40 S&W caliber version of the SP1 was introduced by LIW/DLS a little later as the Vektor SP2. Both SP-1 and SP-2 pistols are exported to Europe and South America in several variations.


SP-1 pistol is currently in service with the South African National Defence Force and the South African Police Service. Outside South Africa, the pistol is seen in use of some South-Asian countries, notably Singapore and Malaysia.


See also[edit]

The Vektor CP1, another pistol by the same manufacturer, is noted for its streamlined, science-fiction appearance.


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Vektor SP1 Owner's Manual

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