Ugliest modern pistol

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I think the Yarygin PYa / MP-443 “Grach” pistol, which was adopted as the Russian army and law enforcement service pistol, must be the ugliest modern pistol. What do you think?

It fires the 9×19 mm 7N21 cartridge which is just a very hot 9mm Parabellum.

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More info about the pistol here.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Jimmy Jimmy on Nov 17, 2013

    What ? The MP443 is really beautiful when compared to many pistols like the Glock R17 or the Dan Wessons

  • Dmitri Chuikov Dmitri Chuikov on Jul 29, 2014

    All good Russian weapons are built to be durable, sturdy, and reliable.

    I digress (and apologize for doing so), I don't see how this is any more than either brainwashing or complete ignorance towards guns.

    Yes, some weapons looks ugly, but who cares? What I care about is whether my Saiga can still fire (when the sh*t hits the fan) after having been doused water, exposed to sand, and other crazy environments, versus your AR15 or foreign made weapon not of Russian make and quality.

    Because then, the only thing that matters is whose gun can still last in the gunfight.

    The MP-443 Grach is a fine weapon. It has served my brothers well in combat against the forces of Terrorism and Extremism in our Southern borders. Many a time when you run out of munition and do not have the time to rush to the next fallen enemy to reload (since AK style weaponry is most common assault rifle in the world, and our weapons are known for their common and interchangeable parts), one can rely on sturdy and accurate pistol to take down enemies.

    I have no doubt the Americans create equally good weapons, if not more fancier equipment than we do.

    Than again, we Russians rely not on our equipment, but our own skill, so that given the proper and top notch equipment we will outperform anyone in the field equipped with similar, top notch equipment.

    Thank you, and have a nice day.