Kalashnikov Concern has unveiled a prototype of Lebedev designed 9mm multi-purpose pistol (PL-14) at Army-2015, military-technical forum in Kubinka Wednesday.
The concept of the pistol was developed jointly by the experts of the Russian Special Forces and IPSC competitive shooters.
"The versatility of our new pistol allows using it not only as a military weapon for the military forces and police, but also as a pistol for different shooting competitions,” Kalashnikov CEO Alexey Krivoruchko said.
“We intend to produce different variants of the pistol, for example, with certain characteristics of the trigger mechanism for Special Forces units, as well as a civilian version with trigger that would be suitable for practical shooting competitions as well,” he said.
The gun is very thin in comparison with its counterparts: the thickness of the grip is 28 mm and 21mm is the thickness at the front of the slide. All controls on the pistol are ambidextrous, so it could be used by right- and left- handed shooters effectively. The pistol has Picatinny rail integrated in its construction.
Automatic calculation methods applied during the creation of the gun, will ensure great reliability. With its improved ergonomics pistol has minimal recoil and muzzle rise which makes speed shooting very effective.
Particular attention is paid to the safety of this pistol: trigger mechanism ensures that there will be no mechanical accidental discharge, even after falling from a great height onto a hard surface. In addition, the basic version will have longer and heavier trigger to prevent accidental discharge if shooter keeps his finger on the trigger. On another version of the pistol for highly skilled users (Special Forces and competitive shooters), trigger will be lighter.
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