MP-446 'Viking' pistol (Russia)
MP-446 'Viking' pistol, left side
MP-446 'Viking' pistol, right side
MP-446 'Viking' pistol, partially disassembled
Type: Double Action
The MP-446 'Viking' pistol is a recent development of the Izhevsk Mechanical Plant (IzhMech, also known in the West by its trademark 'Baikal'). The MP-446 'Viking' is a sporting derivative of the Yarygin PYa pistol, which has been adopted by Russian military in 2003. The key differences between MP-446 and PYa are frame material and sights.
MP-446 'Viking' pistol is a short recoil operated, locked breech pistol. The Browning-type locking is achieved using traditional cam system and one large lug on the breech of the barrel, which engages the enlarged ejection port in the slide. Frame of the pistol is made from high-strength polymer. MP-446 has a double action trigger with ambidextrous frame-mounted safety lever. External hammer is enclosed from the sides by the rear extensions of the slide, which makes decocking procedure somewhat complicated, as pistol has no decoking mechanism. When engaged, safety locks the sear, trigger and slide, and allows for 'cocked and locked' carry, with the hammer cocked and safety engaged. Magazine catch is located at the bottom of the trigger guard and can be installed on either side of the gun. Double-stack magazine contains seventeen rounds of 9mm ammunition. Rear sight is dovetailed into the slide and can be had either in fixed or adjustable versions.
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