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SP81 Flare Pistol

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Russian SP81 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm

The SP-81 ("Signal pistol model 1981") is a Soviet/Russian flare gun, developed in 1980 and adopted in 1981, produced by Kovrov plant/ZiD. Created as a replacement for the SPSh-44, it actually represents its more compact version. It can be equipped by holster with a cartridge belt for ten charges.

Like its predecessor, the SP-81 also exists in the AL-1 line-thrower configuration.

It is also worth noting that the SP-81 was one of the few flare guns that had a combat version. In 1994, by special permission of the MAI, for truckers transporting especially valuable cargo, a version with an elongated heavy barrel, adapted for KS-23 charges, was released. The regular cartridge was the "Volna-R". The order was for 10,000, it is not known how much was actually produced.


(1981 - Present)

  • Type: Flare Gun
  • Caliber: 26.5mm, 23.5mm (combat version)
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
  • Length: 6.9 in (17.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 4.3 in (11 cm), 9.8 in (25 cm) (combat version)
  • Feed System: 1 round (break-action)
  • Fire Modes: Single Shot

The SP81 Flare Pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Darkest Hour Olivia Thirlby Natalie 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Russian border guards 2011
The Age of Pioneers (Vremya Pervykh) Yevgeny Mironov (see talk page) Alexei Leonov Combat version 2017

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Notes Release Date
Escape from Tarkov ZiD SP-81 26x75 signal pistol added in patch (2022) 2016

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