New: Kalashnikov VIKING-M 9x19mm Pistol and Kalashnikov Cup

Kalashnikov Concern in partnership with “Kontinental Shooting League” (part of IPSC) held a practical pistol shooting competition called “Kalashnikov Cup”.

Matches lasted three days (October 20 to 23) and were hosted in “The Object” shooting range in Moscow. About 350 competitors from all over the world took part in the matches, each consisting of 20 stages.

The awards for winners are specially designed trophies, which are not permanent and will be passed to the next year competition winners.


Kalashnikov Cup trophies. Image by Kalashnikov Concern.


Viking-m pistol

On the last day of competition, Kalashnikov Concern introduced the new MP-446C VIKING-M pistol. The earlier model (without M designation) was the first Russian pistol to be approved for use in IPSC matches.

The new version of the pistol was upgraded to meet Russian practical shooters’ requirements. The redesigned barrel makes it possible to extend the barrel life to at least 50,000 rounds. They also managed to decrease the muzzle flip and made the pistol better balanced. The grip and mag release button are now more ergonomic, too.


MP-446C VIKING-M. Image by Kalashnikov Concern.

The gun comes with different weight recoil springs, which allow adjusting it to a certain load and/or shooter. Another improvement is the new magazine, which is a double-stack single feed one. However, older double feed magazines still can be used in the gun.

The new VIKING-M also features a Picatinny rail and accepts aftermarket Glock iron sights.

VIKING-M Tech Specs:

Caliber: 9x19mm

Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds

Barrel Length: 4.72″ (120 mm)

Overall Length: 8.11″ (206 mm)

Height: 5.7″ (145 mm)

Width: 1.5″ (38 mm)

Weigth: 33.5 oz (950 grams)

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  • hikerguy

    An attractive gun with what appears to be good ergonomics. It will be interesting to see how it performs.

  • Dracon1201

    Better than what Remington put out…

  • Major Tom

    That makes for one tempting pistol. So many tempting models lately yet not enough money to get them all.

  • Giolli Joker

    I think that if a modern remake of the Steyr M1912 was to be made it would have this slide.

  • Jim B

    Reminds me of a Canik. To each his own

  • DIR911911 .

    is this ugly pistol week or what?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    They took outdated features and made them look cool!

  • alex waits

    The finish looks…funny. but looks like a neat gun to shoot.

  • Ken

    Interesting that they make it able to take older double stack, double feed mags.

  • Bill

    If people hate finger grooves, that pointy bumpy thing on the side that appears to be a thumb obstruction will drive them bananas.

    • Gary Kirk

      Yeah looks like it’d be in the way of a mag change.. But Idk..

      • Anonymoose

        I would take my dremel and de-nub it.

  • That seems a bit tall for the capacity at 5.7″; the CZ P09 is 5.8″ tall and holds 19 rounds.

  • Kevin Gibson

    So is this available in the US now? I would love to have one, mostly just from a collector standpoint. Call me weird, but I find Russian small arms very fascinating.

    • Anonymoose

      Nope. No Russian handguns or non-sporting rifles allowed in the US since Yeltsin and Clinton made a deal in the 90s, and no Russian anything allowed in the US since MH17.

      • Rob

        MH17 only concerns Kalashnikov Concern. Molot rifles are still imported.

  • ??

    Speaking of Russian pistols. Where is the Lebedev PL-15??? This I would buy!

    • James R Burwell Jr.

      I see a passing similarity to the Arsenal Strike One, personally.

    • Doom

      Never coming to the US thanks to retarded sanctions and import bans, that’s where. And should the next president be a female, at least another 4-8 years.

    • Tyler Coleman

      Any idea on that ammo?

  • I’ve been to the club that hosted the cup (The Object, Moscow) and I can only say that they used Vikings (“civilian version” PYa’s) as their budget rent guns… and stopped using them pretty fast. When asked why, they told me they more or less gradually fell apart, had a range of problems and after high round count demanded very intenstive maintenance. I’m saying this to throw a dash of salt into KC’s marketing pitch. Of course, the Viking-M may be the beautiful swan that fixed all the problems. I am in no way an expert. I know only what I relayed in this comment.

  • john huscio

    Well lookit that…… the ruskies made a Beretta…..