In 1948, as the Russians were revamping their military in the early stages of the Cold War, it became clear that support units needed something smaller than the newly-introduced AK-47. Luckily for the Russians, they had a man named Igor.
Igor Stechkin, to be exact. Stechkin designed a select-fire pistol that was chambered in the new 9x18mm Makarov cartridge, a replacement for the 7.62 Tokarev round of WWII. The pistol could fire in fully-automatic or semi-automatic. The firing mode was selected with a switch attached to the pistol’s safety.
The pistol weighed more than two pounds empty and included a 20-round magazine and a holster that doubled as a detachable stock to give soldiers more control in fully-automatic mode. Blowback operated, the pistol fires at a rate of 750 rounds a minute.
Despite the design, troops found the large holster cumbersome, and the pistol was slowly phased out of mainline army use, replaced eventually by the AK-74. However, the pistol found popularity with Soviet Spetsnaz units in the 1980s, …read more
Source:: Guns and Ammo