PSS Silent Pistol

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PSS - 7.62x42mm SP-4

The Russian PSS (Pistolet Spetsialnyj Samozaryadnyj - special self-loading pistol, GRAU index 6P28) is a pistol using the unique 7.62x42mm noiseless cartridge, developed in 1980. A Soviet-era Black Ops weapon, it was used by Russian secret police or special forces.

Contrary to what might be expected, the relatively long cartridge length for this pistol is not largely filled with smokeless powder (as is the case for most conventional pistol cartridges), but is instead dedicated to a unique piston system that, when the cartridge is triggered, delivers enough force to fire the bullet to an effective range of 25 m, afterwards sealing the cartridge neck to prevent the escape of flash, smoke, or noise. This unique system is what allows the PSS to achieve virtually noiseless semi-automatic operation without the use of bulky suppressors or slide locks that would hamper its concealability or quick deployment. This same feature, however, is also responsible for the weapon's very short range.

Specifications

  • Cartridge: 7.62x42 mm SP-4
  • Weight: 1 lb 9 oz (700 g) uloaded
  • Length: 6.50 in (165 mm)
  • Action: Recoil-operated
  • Effective range: 25 m
  • Maximum firing range: 50 m
  • Feed system: 6-round detachable box

The PSS Silent Pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty PSS Silencer 2001
Boiling Point: Road to Hell Silenced Pistol Can upgrade to a 9 round magazine 2005
7.62 High Calibre PSS SP-4 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots PSS 2008
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 PSS w/ variety of accessories 2010


See Also

  • TsNIITochMash - A list of all firearms manufactured by TsNIITochMash.



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