Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant "Molot"

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Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant "Molot"

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Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant "Molot" ("Molot" means "Hammer", "Vyatskie Polyany" means "Vyatka's Glades") is a Soviet/Russian firearms and firearm accessories manufacturer. It was established in 1941 and during World War II was the main manufacturer of PPSh-41 submachine guns. In the post-Soviet era it operated as Molot-Oruzhie Ltd or Molot Firearms LLC. It went into bankruptcy in 2012 following a lawsuit by its main metal supplier, with debts of 2.4 billion roubles (roughly US$41 million) and has been controlled by a bankruptcy holding company since then. Sale of the company was announced in March of 2017, complicated by the fact that Molot has supply contracts with the Russian government: as yet it is unclear if it was purchased, or by whom.

Specifications

Founded: 1940

Country of Origin: USSR/Russia

Products: Pistols, Submachine Guns, Machine Guns, Hunting Rifles and Shotguns, Flare Pistols, Weapon Accessories

Guns

Pistols

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
Stechkin APS 9x18mm Makarov 20 1953 - 1955 Pistol Russian Stechkin 9x18mm Makarov machine pistol 2.jpg

Submachine Guns

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
PPSh-41 7.62x25mm 35, 71 1941 - 1945 PPSH-01-SMG.jpg

Shotguns

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
Bekas 12 Gauge; 16 Gauge 6 1997 - Present Bekas 12m-1.jpg
Vepr-12 12 Gauge 2,5,8,10,12,20,25 2003 - Present Vepr-12.jpg
VPO-209 .366 TKM 10 Vpo-209.jpg

Rifles

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
OP-SKS 7.62x39mm 10 1945 - Present OP-SKS.jpg
Vepr Hunting Rifle Series 7.62x39mm
7.62x51mm
.30-06
5.45×39mm
5.56x45mm
7.62x54R
5, 10 1995 - Present Vepr; Vepr-308; Vepr-Super; Vepr-5.45; Vepr-Hunter; Vepr-1V; Vepr-K SOK-94.jpg
VSS Vintorez 9x39mm
7.62x39mm
10, 20 or 30 2016-present Civilian variant Vss1.jpg
Vepr-KM (VPO-136) 7.62x39mm 10 Vepr-KM.jpg
Vepr-3V (VPO-134) 7.62x39mm 10 VPO-134.jpg

Machine Guns

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
RPK 7.62x39mm 40, 75 1961 - 1978 RPKS RPK lmg.jpg
RPK-74 5.45x39mm 45 1974 - Present RPKS-74, RPK-74M Soviet RPK-74.jpg
AGS-17 Plamya 30x29mm 29 1971 - 1995 Ags17.jpg
AGS-30 30x29mm 29 1995 - Present AGS-30-2.jpg

Special Weapons

Weapon Caliber(s) Capacity Produced Variants Image
SPSh-2 Flare Pistol 26.5mm 1 1944 - ? SPSh Flare Pistol.jpg



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