Brügger & Thomet VP9

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Brügger & Thomet VP9, early model with manual safety and no trigger guard - 9x19mm
Brügger & Thomet VP9, later model with grip safety and trigger guard- 9x19mm

The Brügger & Thomet VP9 is a 9x19mm integrally-suppressed bolt-action pistol. In form and function it is heavily based on the WWII-era Welrod Pistol, sharing the same layout, a removable magazine which forms the grip, and a manual bolt action operated by a circular knob at the rear of the weapon. The main mechanical distinction between the VP9 and the Welrod is that the later model VP9 adds a grip safety that prevents the bolt from cycling if it is not held. Unlike the Welrod, however, the pistol is not marketed as a military weapon, being instead (ostensibly) intended as a humane animal killer for agricultural, hunting and veterinary use, particularly for large animals where administering an injection could potentially be dangerous (the model name of the pistol is a contraction of "Veterinary Pistol 9mm"). It remains to be seen if the pistol's stated purpose of putting down sick animals is a euphemism, but as yet there are no known military users.

The suppressor is not of the same design as the Welrod's and is significantly less effective, only reducing the report to in the region of 129dB with standard FMJ ammunition (about as loud as a high-powered air rifle) as opposed to the older weapon's 73dB (said to be impossible to identify as a gunshot at over fifteen feet). With specialised subsonic loads designed for suppressors, it is claimed the sound of a VP9 firing is comparable to a car door being closed. The integral suppressor features a series of baffles along with removable silicon wipes: as with the Welrod, these wipes do not have holes in them, and are designed to be shot through and then seal up again behind the bullet. Because repeated shooting will eventually punch a permanent hole in the wipes, the suppressor greatly degrades in effectiveness after around 10-20 shots. The wipes are, however, field-replaceable in only a few minutes, requiring no tools. For this reason the pistol also ships with an aluminum alloy "training" suppressor and a set of wipes with holes in them to go with it: this version is still quite effective, being similar in noise reduction performance to B&T's Impuls IIA pistol suppressor.

Specifications

(2014 - Present)

  • Type: Bolt-action pistol
  • Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
  • Length: 11.3 in (28.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 2 in (5 cm)
  • Feed System: 5-round detachable box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Bolt-action

The Brügger & Thomet VP9 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Killjoys Sean Baek Fancy Lee "One Blood" (S01E06) 2015
Hannah John-Kamen Dutch "Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye" (S01E07)


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