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Self-loading pistols MP-444 «Baghira», MP-445 «Varyag» and MP-446 «Viking»

Self-loading pistols MP-446 «Viking»
 

Specifications


Model.................................MP446/MP-446P ("police")
Caliber.........................................................9/9 mm
Cartridge...............................................9x19 "luger"
Weight w/o cartridges............................0.9/0.76 kg
Length.................................................196/185 mm
Length of barrel..............................112.5/107.5 mm
Magazine capacity.....................................17/15 rds

 


    The МР-446 Viking pistol, chambered for the 9x19 Luger (Parabellum) cartridge, differs from the baseline Yarygin pistol in its plastic frame, which reduced the weapon weight by 100 grams. The frame is reinforced by a steel insert. The pistol is fitted with an automatic firing pin safety and a sight adjustable for windage. In 2004 the MP-446 Viking was certified as a sporting/training pistol to expand its export potential. The MP-446S sporting version was developed in compliance with requirements of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (1PSC). It has the barrel length of 112-8 or 120 mm and a non-adjustable or adjustable iron sights.

Self-loading pistols MP-444 «Baghira»
 
Specifications

Model................................................ MP-444/MP-444K
Cartridge...................9x19 "luger"/9x17 "kurts", 9x18 PM
Weight w/o cartridges.............................0.76/0.76 kg
Length.....................................................186/186 mm
Length of barrel.......................................101/101 mm
Bullet muzzle velocity.....420 ("luger")/360 (9x18) m/sec
Magazine capacity.........................................10/15 rds
 

    IMZ developed an entire family of pistols around the baseline PYa model each of them being the basis for an independent series.
     The MP-444 Baghira pistol (the export designation 'MP' stands for 'Mechanical Plant') is chambered for the widely popular 9x19 Luger pistol cartridge. While sharing the same short-recoil-operation principle with the Yarygin PYa pistol, the MP-444 is in fact a hammerless striker-fired weapon with a plastic frame and a modified magazine release button. Given changes made to the frame, the locking head assembly has seen slight modifications as well. There are two inclines on the bottom of the barrel, which force the rear portion of the barrel down when the slide recoils and up when it recovers.
     The firing mechanism allows the pistol to conduct cocked-striker firing or cock the striker manually for a light trigger release. It is also equipped with a three-position manual safety lever. The striker is cocked with the help of the cocking lever at the rear of the slide, so the shooter has to perform an operation similar to cocking a hammer. The safety lever blocks the striker mechanism in the cocked or the released position, and ensures a safe release (without a shot) of the cocked striker. The automatic safety catch blocks the striker until the trigger is pulled all the way back. The cartridge extractor also serves as a loaded-chamber indicator. The magazine release button can be mounted on either side behind the trigger guard.
     The pistol is fitted with a fixed sight with white inserts and a foresight. The frame is made of high-strength thermoplastic and reinforced by a steel insert, which bears the major loads. It has grooves for the attachment o! a spotlight or a laser target designator.
     The MP-444K Baghira variant is chambered for less powerful 9x 18 PM and 9x17 "kurz° cartridges.

Self-loading pistols MP-445 «Varyag»
Self-loading pistols MP-445 S

    The МР-445 Varyag pistol follows the same basic design as the Yarygin pistol, but is chambered for 9x 19 cartridges (MP-445 model) or 0.40 Smith and Wesson (S&W) cartridges (MP-445SW or Varyag SW model). Its frame is molded in high-strength thermoplastic and reinforced by a steel insert. It has grooves for the attachment of a laser target designator, and a larger trigger guard. The plastic magazine floor plate improves the support of the filing hand and stability of the pistol. The hammer-firing mechanism allows the pistol to conduct double-action fire. When engaged, the manual safety locks the hammer (either on the cocked or the released position), the sear, the trigger, and the slide. The ambidextrous safety lever, rotated to its extreme upper position acts as a safe hammer release lever — the hammer is released from the cocked position into the half-cock, after which the safety Sever automatically rotates to the 'safe9 position. Grooves on the sides of the slide make it easier to pull the slide back for inspection of the pistol.
     The pistol is fitted with a sight adjustable for windage.
     There are also MP-445 Varyag-K and MP-445SW and MP-445SWC Varyag SWK compact versions» boasting smaller dimensions and non-adjustable iron sights.