A Look Inside The PP-2000

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

Gun blogger and MVD agent KardeN released some rare high-definition photos of the unique Russian PP-2000 submachine gun. This lightweight select-fire weapon was designed as a concealable PDW and CQB weapon for VIP protection and special police and military units. KardeN’s blog is here, but for whatever reason his post on the PP-2000 does not appear to be present. However, the photos are still available:

These photos of KardeN with the PP-2000 illustrate just how small the submachine gun is:

KardeN’s photos also give us a rare glimpse inside the submachine gun:

The gun splits into upper and lower halves, retained by what I believe is a push-pin, like an AR-15. The receivers don't hinge, however.
The field-stripped PP-2000 with all its subassemblies. Two mags, the folding stock, and the light unit. Note the very small size of the bolt assembly. Despite this, the blowback-operated gun can fire powerful 7N31 armor-piercing 9x19mm ammunition.
The lower housing is about as simple as it can be. Note the very large U-shaped hammer, which suggests that the hammer substantially delays the rearward travel of the bolt.
The lightweight bolt assembly earns some mass via the large forward charging handle section, similar to a miniaturized Winchester self-loader.

More photos show how KardeN’s gun would be configured in use:

The PP2000's top rail allows mounting of laser pointers or red dot sights. In this configuration, the iron sights of the gun do not appear to be usable, so aiming is presumably done entirely with the laser.
The PP-2000 feeds from a two-position double stack steel magazine of 20 or 30 rounds.
The PP-2000 features an integrated light unit, which inserts through the forward pistol grip.

A promotional video for the PP-2000, in English, is embedded below:

Thanks to Retiv for the tip!

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • John John on Oct 30, 2015

    It doesn't look comfortable to hold.

    • Mazryonh Mazryonh on Nov 06, 2015

      @John The hole in the foregrip looks rather risky. If you put your thumb in it and get pushed in the wrong way, you could end up breaking your offhand's thumb.

  • Mazryonh Mazryonh on Nov 06, 2015

    It's a nice, practical design that looks like it could well fit into its niche.

    I'm still waiting on someone to try something like this in 10mm Auto though . . .