Stechkin Machine Pistol

The Stechkin automatic pistol or APS (Avtomaticheskiy Pistolet Stechkina, Russian: Автоматический Пистолет Стечкина) is a Soviet selective fire machine pistol. It bears the name of its developer, Igor Stechkin.

This video is in Japanese. The Stechkin shoots 9mm ammo and according to Wikipedia the rate of fire is 750rds/min. It sounds faster than that to me. As you can see in the video, the Stechkin has a wooden stock similar to the Mauser C96 stock.


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  • Rasq’uire’laskar

    Article has been up for just a few minutes, and the video is already unavailable. I think that’s a new record.

    • Nicholas C

      I found a longer video on youtube. It has other pistols in it as well.

      • Johnsmyname

        Sweet video, soft core jazz and a Japanese man’s voice.

        Not to digress, but what’s up with that Norinco pistol knife, the “82-2”? Did anyone ever actually issue that?

  • Tim

    The best thing about machine pistols is that, Hillary Clinton will NEVER be president of the United States.

    • 11b

      Take your political crap elsewhere.

      • Twilight sparkle

        It’s almost hard to believe how many times the one rule gets broken around here

      • totenglocke

        I’m just surprised to see the half dozen people in this thread who apparently voted to ban all peasants from owning guns.

    • AC97

      I mean, just look at how she wanted to pass the Hughes Amendment!


    • anon

      are you ok? do you have brain damage?

    • gunsandrockets

      not cool dude

      TFB isn’t the place for that

      • Jako

        I dunno, it made me laugh.

  • Arie Heath

    The Stechkin looked very controllable in the video. Also, the 80’s porno music in the background was quite annoying.

  • Steven

    Why do these auto reviews always show a close-up of the guy burning through one magazine after another in a single long burst? That proves absolutely nothing but that the firearm didn’t jam. Show me some targets with tight burst patterns at reasonable combat ranges. In this case, it was probably because they can’t.

    • demophilus

      If minute of torso inside a building is good enough for you, I’d bet some Russian guys could show you some of those targets, boy howdy. Only, they don’t put those pictures on the Internet.

      • Steven

        But no ever proves that with photos of actual targets. They would rather play Johnny Rambo firing useless long bursts. It takes more than loud noises and brass flying every where to be effective in combat.

    • Tritro29

      … Shrugs. What?

  • Beardedrambler

    Japanese gun porn. Complete with the music.

    • Mazryonh

      Kind of interesting how many “hoplophiles” or gun enthusiasts there are in Japan, despite having some of the world’s most restrictive gun control laws.

  • DD

    “Stekkin Otomatiku Pistoruuu” XD

    • iksnilol


  • andrey kireev

    Just think, you can use holster as a stock… and keep a second Stechkin inside of the said holster, ready to go !

    • Mazryonh

      That’s one way to store a back-up weapon. But then you’d have to holster your primary Stechkin in another holster on your person.

  • abecido

    I want a semiauto Stechkin more than I want my next breath of air.

    • demophilus

      Right? With all that weight forward, the long, fixed barrel, and long sight radius, it might be a shooter. Plus, any patent protection may have run out, if Ivan ever filed in the first place.

      With contemporary CAD/CAM and modern materials, it might be pretty easy to do a knockoff — or, improvement.

      • Dale

        Well, no Soviet technology was actually patented, since there was no such concept in the USSR. The APS may be feasibly made into a modern semi-auto repro, but where is the demand? This gun is relatively unknown and unappreciated.

  • Dale

    Absolutely wonderful machine pistol design. One of the best if I should say. Stechkin really tried to reduce the ROF to a comfortable 700 RPM through clever mechanical solutions like the inertial rate reducer, slide delaying device and slide overtravel. Too bad it was really too specific of a weapon.

    • demophilus

      It also looks like the center of mass is well forward of the chamber and supporting hand, unlike other machine pistols (Mauser 712, VP70). And steel case 9mm Mak will stick a little in the chamber as it backs out — you can see the bulge in ejected cases.

      So you can see how Ivan thought it would be controllable. IMHO, they didn’t reckon on how much practice it would take to get there. Plus, an AK with a folding stock makes for a bigger, better hammer in most scenarios.

      Nice try, Igor!

  • Mazryonh

    Where did that youtube user get all those video clips anyway? And how on Earth would one get a live-fire G11 caseless rifle and its unique ammunition all the way over to Japan, a heavily pro-gun-control nation, for a live-fire demonstration on video?

    • Green Hell

      No clue, my only possible guess it were some kind if oficial Japanese military evaluations or maybe, by the way those videos look, for some secret Yakuza shoping channel.)

  • BrandonAKsALot

    That music plus dem guns got me all hot.