[ARMY 2017] Kalashnikov Concern Handgun Releases Compact PL-15, New Prototypes

    Kalashnikov Concern has released several new handguns this year at ARMY 2017, most notably a compact version of the Lebedev PL-15, the company’s flagship semiautomatic handgun. We’ll post some photographs below, which are courtesy of Maxim Popenker, the famous Russian gun blogger.

    The newly released compact version of the Lebedev PL-15 is the PL-15K. The trigger is Single Action Only unlike the DAO PL-15. The trigger breaks at 3.3 lbs. It appears that the slide and grip have been shortened, in addition to safety being moved forward of the old position at the rear of the grip, and also being modified. The rear slide serrations are larger than the full-size model, with the deletion of a bulged portion of the slide that runs alongside it. The frame appears to have the same amount of Picatinny rail space as the PL-15, but is lacking the smooth slope where the frame meets the bottom of the slide.

    This is an image of an older PL-15 from Modern Firearms.


    The MP-444 “Bagira” is an updated handgun of an earlier version that was adopted by elements of the Russian armed forces in addition to Kazakhstan oddly enough. Earlier versions were chambered in 9x18mm Makarov, 9x19mm Parabellum, and .380 ACP but this 2017 version is only in 9x19mm Parabellum. This is also a prototype and not a production handgun as of now. From Harachya-

    The new one has a new more ergonomic frame. It is striker fired with an external striker cocking lever which at first glance looks like a hammer … similar to the Savage Model 1907.

    Earlier MP-444 “Bagira” from Enemyforces.net. 

    The MP-443 subcompact is going to be offered in 9x18mm Makarov, and development is being focused on what is known in Russia as “Traumatic” bullets, which are rubber bullets aka- Less Lethal. This is also a prototype.
    Much thanks to our very own Hrachya, for being a super cool dude and translating the Russian source material on these handguns!

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