SPSh Flare Pistol
The SPSh (Signalnyi Pistolet Shpagina, "Signal Pistol of Shpagin") is a Soviet flare pistol designed in 1944 by Georgiy Semyonovich Shpagin (best known for his PPSh-41 submachine gun), and replaced the previous OSSh-42 Flare Pistol (known as SPSh-43 in service). It is commonly referred to as the SPSh-44 (also occasionally as SPSh-2), in order to distinguish it from its predecessor. From 1981, the SPSh-44 was replaced by more compact SP81, although the previously produced pistols continue to be used to this day.
There were also copies of the Polish (wz. 1944, produced in 1944-1978), Czech (produced in 1952-1983 intermittently, under the designations tgf, SiPi 44/67, and SiPI 44/81) and Chinese (Type 57, produced in 1957 - cca. mid-1970s) prodcution.
In Western countries, the SPSh is also known as the Kovrov Arsenal flare pistol.
(1944 - 1981)
- Type: Flare pistol
- Country of Origin: USSR
- Caliber: 26.5mm
- Weight: 2 lbs (0.9 kg)
- Length: 8.7 in (22 cm)
- Barrel Length: 5.9 in (15 cm)
- Feed System: Single shot
- Fire Modes: Single action
The SPSh Flare Pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors: