Kalashnikov Concern Announces A New 9mm Pistol For The Russian Army and Competition

GnZTQrVMoscow, 17 June 2015

Kalashnikov Concern revealed the prototype of a new 9mm pistol “PL-14” (Pistol designed by Lebedev) at the International military-technical Forum «ARMY-2015» from June, 16 to June, 19 in Kubinka (Moscow region). The concept of the pistol was developed jointly by the experts of the Russian special forces and IPSC competitive shooters.

The distinguishing feature of “PL-14” is its enhanced ergonomics and balance that meet modern notions of human biomechanics and modern pistol shooting techniques in the best way. Special attention was paid to the unique aesthetics of the new pistol.

“The versatility of our new pistol allows to use it not only as a military weapon for the military forces and police, but also as a pistol for different shooting competitions – said Kalashnikov CEO Alexey Krivoruchko. – We intend to produce different variants of the pistol, for example, with certain characteristics of the trigger mechanism for special forces units, as well as a civilian version with trigger that would be suitable for practical shooting competitions as well”.

The gun is very thin in comparison with its counterparts: the thickness of the grip is 28 mm and 21mm is the thickness at the front of the slide. All controls on the pistol are ambidextrous, so it could be used by right- and left- handed shooters effectively. The pistol has Picatinny rail integrated in its construction.

Automatic calculation methods applied during the creation of the gun, will ensure great reliability. With its improved ergonomics pistol has minimal recoil and muzzle rise which makes speed shooting very effective.

Particular attention is paid to the safety of this pistol: trigger mechanism ensures that there will be no mechanical accidental discharge, even after falling from a great height onto a hard surface. In addition, the basic version will have longer and heavier trigger to prevent accidental discharge if shooter keeps his finger on the trigger. On another version of the pistol for highly skilled users (special forces and competitive shooters), trigger will be lighter.

In addition, the increased safety of the new 9mm pistol is provided by loaded chamber indicator, which allows checking the weapon even in gloves and during low light situations. In addition, the indicator has an additional function: coupled with a modified geometry of the chamber it allows shooting with defective ammunition when brass size does not meet the specs.

  • Caliber, mm 9×19
  • Length mm 220
  • Height mm 136
  • Thickness mm 28
  • Barrel length 127 mm
  • Magazine capacity, rounds 15
  • Weight without ammunition, 0.8 kg
  • Weight with ammunition 0.99 kg

The “Concern “KALASHNIKOV” is Russia’s largest manufacturer of a wide range of civil products including hunting rifles and shotguns, sporting rifles, machines and tools. State corporation Rostec retains 51% of the shares while private investors own 49% of the shares. The company exports its products to more than 27 countries. The concern includes 3 brand companies: “Kalashnikov”, “Baikal”, “Izhmash” .

State Corporation Rostec – is a Russian corporation established in 2007 for civil, military and dual-purpose high-technology industrial production development, manufacture and exportation promotion. The corporation comprises 700 companies, 9 of which operate in the military-industrial complex, and 5 in civilian sectors. The group also includes 22 direct management organizations. Rostec comprises the well-know known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA an others. Rostec organizations are located in 60 regions of the Russian Federation. Company products are delivered to markets in more than 70 countries. In 2013, Rostec had an income of 1.04 trillion rubles. The overall tax liabilities of Rostec at all levels exceeded 138 billion rubles.

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