Baikal Yarigin Lightweight Polymer Pistol

At the RAE ’13 show in Russia, Baikal unveiled a polymer framed version of the Baikal Yarigin MP-443, the standard sidearm of the Russian military. The Baikal Yarigin Lightweight adds a picatinny and weighs less than the original all steel model, but otherwise looks and functionals the same.

Baikal Yarigin Lightweight 2


Many thanks to Lionel for the photos and information. 

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  • J. Kayd

    Awesome. Like FN and Glock raised the illegitimate lovechild of Ruger and Beretta.

    • mikewest007

      I saw how the guide rod looks, and it’s laughable. Beyond the first half inch or less, it tapers down to a 1/8″ thin rod. I believe that the only justification for this solution is the old Soviet way of doing things out of metal: “Gnyotsa ne lamyotsa(It bend, it no break)”.
      And the locking lugs look straight-up mean, too.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        The key phrase being, “it no break” — which is what durability is all about. I am reasonably sure that there may also be a specific mechanical reason for the tapered design. More insight into the design parameters would be helpful, but I don’t expect this would be forthcoming at this time.

  • bbmg

    With this to hand I don’t see why they would want to buy Glocks beyond political reasons.

    • Zugunder

      Who want? Couple officers in special forces… From what i remember it was a deal for 3 or 4 hundreds of Glocks. Horribly overcharged Glocks, yeah, but it wasnt attempt to replace all handguns with them. I doubt we have enough money to do this even with $500 for single Glock.

      • bbmg

        The question though is are the Glocks really better or is it simply a Russian fascination with Western firearms?

        • Zugunder

          I never used any Glock in my life, so i can’t say. But some folks seems like prefers Glocks better than PM or MP-443, even some guys who always arguing about superiority of AK platform over AR platform (you know, patriotic kind of people). The husband of my sister, who like to shot handguns on the range from time to time, always talking good about Glock 17, Stechkin or Tokarev, not so much about PM (i don’t remember if he said something about MP-443, though)

    • Anonymoose

      I’m pretty sure it’s DAO. The only reason they aren’t buying Glocks (or Berettas or CZs for that matter) is politics.

  • Vhyrus

    I’d buy that for a dollar!

    Hell, maybe even 500!

  • Rich Guy

    Why can’t they import the civvi variant? It was made before that stupid (now void because of Russian WTO status) trade agreement. So why can’t I buy one in America?

  • john huscio

    Looks like a single stack………unless its 45acp, I’ll pass.

  • Clint Notestine

    it could use some more cut outs and random angles

    • bazker

      Smthng like this?

  • Lance

    While in use in Russia never fully replaced the Makarov pistol both by the Police and military still have and use ALOT of Makarovs. I thought though that the PYA was plastic frames to start with. Any way hope they do import some be good for historical collection.

    • mikewest007

      Nah, it’s the other pistol in the trials, GSh-something, that had plastic frame.

      • Anonymoose

        The GSh-18. I could have sworn the MP-443 had a polymer frame too, though.

  • Michael

    Wish we could buy it here, It can handle very hot ammo. Hotter than +p+.
    I think the Glock deal was a Russian money making deal only

    • Anonymoose

      The civilian version is designed to asplode with +P ammo because they don’t want criminals using their special 7N21 or 7N31 stuff.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Interesting. If that’s true, I do hope they restore the gun to “full strength” if it is ever offered here in the US.

        • Anonymoose

          Or they could pull a Walther and say “We do not recommend the use of +P or +P+ ammunition in our pistols.” and just leave it at that. =.=

  • Troy

    I have shot a version of this. I lived over there for a couple of years and played with a lot of E. European firearms. The trigger is heavy but other than that it seemed a solid design with decent (not great) accuracy and ability to shoot sub gun 9mm ammo. I would buy one for a fair price.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Lucky guy :)!

  • George
  • DiverEngrSL17K

    The ergonomics ( especially the pistol grip ) appear to be quite good, with well-placed controls. Wish we had one to actually field-test at TFB.