Iranian Striker Fired Polymer Handgun Introduced

At a recent display of small arms and light weapons in Tehran, the Iranian defense industry showcased a number of new products, as reported by Fars News. Among the products on display, a certain handgun was shown that hasn’t been reported on previously. From the very little mention of it in the Farsi text, there isn’t much information that can be gathered from the article or elsewhere on the internet about the handgun. The right side appears to have “M9-02”, but that doesn’t tell us very much.

It appears to be a polymer framed, striker fired, 9x19mm handgun, with much inspiration drawn from a Walter P99 through the method of disassembly and overall shape of the frame. The magazine appears to have an added capacity floor plate, leading me to assume that another magazine is available with a flush fit option. It seems to lack a manual safety, usually a requirement for military handguns, and it appears to have night sights by way of white dots embedded in them. Whether these sights light up at night through the use of tritium or another substance is unclear at this moment.

Iran is going through a substantial rearmament and redesign of a number of weapon systems, to include the primary issue rifle, taking on an AR15 appearance. Earlier, Iran produced a Glock-like handgun called the Raa’d (Thunderbolt), but this appears to have not been adopted in any substantial numbers or at all.


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  • Joseph Goins

    I hope Walther sues for copyright infringement, but Iran wouldn’t pay.

    • El Duderino

      As long as they keep them in-country or with other countries Walther can’t do business with, not much can be done.

      • Joseph Goins

        It’s still an copyright infringement that they could pursue at The Hague. They would win because it isn’t a licensed copy, but Iran wouldn’t pay the damages.

  • gunsandrockets

    Isn’t a copy of the Walther P99 already very popular in Turkey? It makes sense that Iran would ape Turkey.

    • Some Rabbit

      Yes, the Turkish Canik TP9v2. A very decent copy of the Walther P99 (some would say improved via the mag release, decocking button and increased capacity). This Iranian version looks crude.

  • Martin Grรธnsdal

    As reported by Fars News, or farce news?

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Because The Daily Mail, BBC, New York Times, WaPo and CNN are totally reliable sources of news, right?
      Spare me your Nordic racism

      • UWOTM8

        Somebody’s earning their $0.50 a post today!

  • HansonBro

    Just went to #1 on my “Would/Will Never Buy” list.

  • M-dasher

    Hey look, more cheap guns from countries that actively supoort terrorism

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      The USA is the biggest supporters of terrorism in the world. Just ask the Syrians.
      How’s the view with your head in the sand?

      • UWOTM8

        Ayatollah bot pls

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          Did the word Iranian in the title trigger you, snowflake?
          Go back to worshiping at your altar to Bill Kristol and Henry Kissinger.

          • UWOTM8

            Ayatollah bot y u do dis?
            -uses “snowflake” as an insult on a largely right-wing gun blog.
            -git gud at American insults, skrub

          • Scott Tuttle

            I hate it when they call people snowflake. so unfair!

          • andrey kireev

            Nah, just Ronald Reagan, mostly because he broke up some commie trash country and won the cold war

        • Juggernaut

          Operation Ajax

      • RocketScientist

        “Biggest”… im not sure that word means what you think that it means.

      • M-dasher

        Found the iranian

        • iksnilol

          Does “Sedenko” sound Iranian to you?

          • M-dasher

            Riiiiiight, because i forgot you have to use your real name on the internet

          • iksnilol

            Yeah, but why’d an Iranian run a false flag op framing Russia?

            It just done make no lick of sense, pardner.

          • UWOTM8

            He’s European, they probably have to….

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            It’s Stedenko which is from Cheech and Chong movies you mindless apes. Stacey Keach as the pot smoking narco officer.
            I’m about as Iranian as Hillary is pro gun.

          • iksnilol


        • Sgt. Stedenko

          Found the paranoid schizo

      • TJbrena

        No, the Saudis still have us beat for that by a long shot.

    • john huscio

      It’s not like they’ll ever be sold here….

    • Juggernaut

      You are referring to Israel, of course.

  • YS

    Didn’t SW do this already?

    • Bob

      S&W was in partnership with Walther at the time with the SW99. The frame was made in Germany and the Slide and Barrel was made in the USA. At the time, only S&W made a .45 ACP P99 style gun.

      Walther dusted off the plans for the .45 ACP SW99 and used that as the base for the .45 ACP PPQ they have today.

  • nate

    all Iran does is make copies of stuff. they are like the china of the middle east with their reverse engineering. they copied our stealth drone, tried to steal our stealth tech to make a 5th gen fighter, stole our old tech to make nukes, now they stole from walther.

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Israel also stole our nuclear secrets to build their arsenal which they still deny having.
      Ah, hypocrisy. It’s a great thing to be afflicted with.

      • Jim Slade

        LOL @ AyatollahBot.

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          Did I say something not factual or are you just afflicted with neoconitis?

          • Jim Slade

            You’re confused about how this whole internet thing really works in America, man. Your agenda sticks out like a sore thumb and then we make fun of you. That’s it.
            Not a discourse.

        • iksnilol

          But he does have a point, Israel has nukes they’re denying. That shouldn’t be cool in the 21st century.

          • Nathan Alred

            And that has what to do with the topic at hand?

          • iksnilol


            CHOO CHOO!

      • El Duderino

        Yeah, they really struggled to find Jewish nuclear scientists to come up with their own program….

        • mazkact

          Dude, I always enjoy the irony you bring to the table. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • TJbrena

      That 5th gen fighter was a mockup designed to look cool. They didn’t steal our tech to make nukes, but they might have borrowed some from North Korea. And as another poster noted, Iran and Turkey are close, so it could be a clone of Canik, which is in turn a clone of Walther.

      Iran makes do with what they have and they’re fairly decent at it. If they had a major power as a sponsor like the US does for Israel, then they would have a better economy and military by now.

      I still think Iran would be a far better ally to the US than the Saudis if our government and theirs could just move on. Not that such a thing would happen anytime soon.

      • jimmy craked corn

        Do you even have a clue of the number of Israeli weapons systems in U.S. service? We make and give it to them. They look at it and make it better.

    • Friend of Tibet

      Who invented Chopsticks? American?

  • Wang Chung Tonight
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  • Bob

    The relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey have been generally peaceful since the establishment of the modern states, but sometimes have also been strained. Iran and Turkey are major trade partners. Turkey and Iran have heavy mutual influence on each other, due to geographical proximity, linguistic and ethnic relations (e.g. Azerbaijanis, a Turkic people, are the second largest ethnicity in Iran) many common cultural aspects, shared empires, and conquerings by such as the Parthians, Achaemenids, Sassanians, Seljuks, Safavids, Afsharids, Ottomans and Qajars. Turkey has an embassy in Tehran, and consulates in Tabriz and Urmia. Iran has its embassy in Ankara, and consulates in Istanbul, Erzurum, and Trabzon.

    I would not doubt that the Turkish Arms Industry has business dealings with their Iranian counterparts. This was probably older tooling and molds sold to Iran form Turkey.

  • Mr. Privilege

    Technical development partially sponsored by $150 billion of your tax dollars.

    • Amir

      You mean $150 billion of Iran’s own money frozen abroad.

      • Mr. Privilege

        We paid them interest, kebab.

        • Amir

          By the way, it was more like $80 billion.

          Also, you’re talking about the 30+ year old case that Iran wonin the ICC. That was for $400 million of Iran’s money and $1.3 billion interest.

          So you did a criminal act and got fined.

          Get over yourself, hillbilly.

          • Mr. Privilege

            Poor Iranian kebabs…… Stuck floundering away in a backwater theocracy crying about their now flaccid “empire” penis – much like the Turks. It’s best to just laugh at them with their:

            *unbuttoned silk shirts
            *loafers with no socks
            *fake gold
            *cheap cologne
            *scalps dripping with hair gel

            The tacky gypsies of the Middle East are always good to point and laugh at.

          • Amir

            Aw… You didn’t have anything intelligent to say so you thought racism would hurt my feelings. How sad.

          • Mr. Privilege

            I don’t negotiate with terrorists. It’s a solid policy.

          • Amir

            How could you negotiate with yourself? You are you, you cannot negotiate with yourself, unless maybe insane…

          • Mr. Privilege

            That’s not a very creative comment, kebab. A lot like the pistols you make. Cheap knock-off comment there, kebab.

          • Amir

            Oh shut up hillbilly you’re getting boring.

          • Mr. Privilege

            Your cardboard Iranian stealth fighter profile pic looks even cooler photoshopped over Mount Ararat.

          • Amir


          • Mr. Privilege

            Yeah it’s hard to get an Iranian excited unless you mention a sale on hair gel, cheap cologne, or those chains on a stick they walk around flailing themselves with in honor of some dead 7th century pedo.

          • Amir


          • Mr. Privilege
          • Amir

            Your failed racism is still Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooring…

          • Mr. Privilege

            Facts are not “racist”. Everything I have stated is factual. The Iranian “stealth fighter” is made of cardboard and Iranians bathe in cheap cologne and hair gel. Don’t let facts “trigger” you, kebab. Suicide vests don’t work in comment sections of blogs.

          • Amir

            didn’t read lol

          • Mr. Privilege

            Sure you did lol


          • Amir


          • 9911kelly

            How is it racism when Iranian isn’t a race?

  • Anonymoose

    “totally not a P99AS”

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  • Jim Slade

    The fancy Officer Trucker Hat is not awarded at the end of the Iranian Trigger Discipline Course, apparently. Maybe he’s just pointing it at foreign journalists at the press conference and making “pew-pew” sounds.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Iranaphopbia brought on by drinking mass amounts of kool aid provided by a zionist MSM.
    Keep chugging morons.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Firearms not politics
      Do you understand the concept of “bait” anyway?

    • andrey kireev

      Not a phobia, and not of Iran itself, just a strong dislike of shifty regime that controls it

  • P99 makes sense for a striker fired military pistol, as it has a unique DA/SA striker design. Initial pull when “decocked” is about 8lbs with a longer pull, then follow up shots are in “single action” mode with a 4.5lb trigger.

    Gives you the higher margin of safety of a DA/SA pistol, with the low manufacturing costs of a striker design.

  • J-

    The only way those should come into the country is a trophies of war.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Wasn’t there an Israeli version of the the P99? And also with the Canik it leaves me wondering why this design is imitated so often in the middle east and elsewhere.

  • Jesse

    If you can get me a copy of any Farsi material on the pistol, my friends and I can do our best at translating it for you

    We’re all former or current Farsi linguists for various forms of the gubmint and huge fans of the site.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    Or Sgt Stedenko may the the heavy from Cheech and Chongs “Up in smoke”.

    • jcitizen

      Beat me to it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • lavidaputa

    so iranians discovered the 3d printer!!! wow the muzzle in one of the guns! did it get dented from the plastic barrel being dropped while the plastic was still warm?

  • Kirk Newsted

    So is this a real pistol? Or is it a plastic mockup like the stealth fighter Iran claims to have made?

  • Justy

    Let’s hear it for Iran, they’re only two decades too late.

  • Rodney Steward

    Does it come with islam sux on it!

  • Rodney Steward

    Regardless of what you both think, what the brown clown did with Iran was Unconstitutional like most everything else the B-TARD did!

  • Pievel C

    Trophy bring back pieces for after the upcoming war.

  • disqus_PDmXLtTxJj

    I’m hoping Uncle Sam will let us kill Iranians.

  • Baggy270

    What the heck is a Walter P99???? Is that made by Walter Disney?

  • 9911kelly

    Iran is a NATION. This makes Iranian a NATIONality.

    There are only 3 actual races: Caucasian, Negro, and Asian. “Iranic” itself isn’t a race.

    Then there’s subraces, ethnic groups, etc. Iranic, if it’s an actual classification, would fall under one of those.

    And calling all Muslims a terrorist isn’t racist, because Muslim isn’t a race. Therefore, you can’t call him a racist because of that. Very Simple.

    • Amir

      I haven’t told any of you if I’m Muslim. He just assumed that because I’m Iranian. Furthermore, just because a group of people aren’t a race, doesn’t mean you can be prejudiced against them.

      • 9911kelly

        I didn’t say you said you’re Muslim. Nor did I say people can’t be prejudiced against because they aren’t a race. You totally missed my point.

        People are too quick to claim “racism”, even when it’s simply the person being accused being tired of being verbally and/or physically attacked just because they are an American and/or Caucasian.

        Too many people are so quick to claim “racism” even when it’s NOT having to do with a race, and so their ignorance or stupidity comes through.

        Fact is, you were wrong about what’s actually a race, and what’s actually racism, and you still haven’t admitted you were wrong. Because you were way too eager to play the racism card, and people that are way to eager to play the racism card do NOT want to admit they’re WRONG.

  • 9911kelly

    None of what you described is racism. It seems you keep missing that.