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Stechkin APS

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The Stechkin APS machine pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


APS: (1951 - 1958)
APB: (1972 - Present)

Type: Select fire machine pistol

Caliber: 9x18mm Makarov

Fire Modes: Semi, Full-Auto

Capacity: 20-round detachable box magazine

Stechkin APS

The Stechkin APS (Russian: Автоматический Пистолет Стечкина, "Stechkin's automatic pistol") is a Soviet select-fire machine pistol. It was designed between 1948 and 1949 by Igor Stechkin based on a request from the Soviet Army for a new compact defensive weapon for vehicle and artillery crews as the PPSh-41 and PPS-43 were recently declared obsolete and the AK-47 assault rifle was seen as too bulky to store and use in the cramped interior of a tank cabin. It fires via straight-blowback and features many design choices also seen on the Makarov PM pistol. It also features a combination stock and holster, similar to the Mauser C96. The APS was first issued in 1951 and was praised for its innovative design and relatively good controllability for a machine pistol, but was also derided for its heavy weight, limited effective range, high cost, and poor ergonomics, especially when fitted with the stock. The APS would eventually be phased out of service in favor of the AKS-74U compact carbine.

The APS and the later APB model were both favored by Spetsnaz teams during the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and would later see use during the First and Second Chechen Wars, War in Afghanistan, Syrian Civil War, and the War in Donbass. Today, the APS is still used by Russian law enforcement organizations, who prize its compact firepower in close-quarters engagements. In this case, it is usually seen carried in a traditional pistol holster as opposed to its proprietary stock/holster combo.

Stechkin APS - 9x18mm Makarov
Stechkin APS with shoulder stock - 9x18mm Makarov


Title Actor Character Note Date
Soldier's Heart (Soldatskoye serdtse) Pyotr Konstantinov Maj. Yefim Kryshko In wooden holster 1959
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) Pyotr Vashchik Chief geologist 1989
To Survive (Chtoby vyzhit) Vladimir Menshov Oleg 1992
Makarov Sergey Makovetskiy Aleksandr Makarov 1993
Vladimir Ilyin Vasily Tsvetaev
Viktor Smirnov Mikhail Yevgrafovich
Face/Off John Travolta Castor Troy In disguise as Sean Archer 1997
Nicolas Cage Sean Archer In disguise as Castor Troy
Virus Levan Uchaneishvili Captain Alexi 1999
I Am a Dummy (Ya - kukla) Olga Sumskaya Gerda 2001
Aleksandr Domogarov Viktor Vorobyov
Lion's Share (Lvinaya dolya) Yury Belyayev Col. Ruyanov aka "Commander" 2001
Nikolai Karachentsov Capt. Rezanov aka "Hedgehog"
April (Aprel) Evgeniy Stychkin Aprel 2001
Viktor Terelya Grigoriy
Valeriy Ivakov "Komar"
Dmitriy Bobrov "Vodolaz"
Denis Burgazliev Vladimir Derkach
War (Voyna) Giorgi Gurgulia Aslan 2002
Die Another Day Rick Yune Zao 2002
Antikiller Evgeniy Sidikhin "Barkas" 2002
Viktor Sukhorukov "Ambal"
Antikiller 2: Antiterror Gosha Kutsenko Korenev 2003
Sergey Veksler Litvinov
SOBR personnel
A Bittersweet Life Byung-hun Lee Sun-Woo 2005
Newsmakers (Goryachie Novosti) Sergey Garmash The Killer 2009
Hooked (Na Igre) 2009
The Interceptor (Zapreshchyonnaya Realnost) Bandit 2009
Antikiller D.K. Yuriy Fedorishen A bald hitman dual with Makarov PM 2009
Biker (Bayker) Vyacheslav Razbegaev Sergey Fyodorovich 2010
Hooked 2. Next Level (Na Igre 2. Novyy Uroven) Sergey Chirkov Vampire 2010
London Boulevard Colin Farrell Mitchel Suppressed, standing for APB 2010
Home (Dom) Sergey Garmash Viktor Shamanov 2011
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Russian agent 2011
Suicides (Samoubiytsy) Danil Lavrenov Arseniy 2012
SOBR member, Mitus' thug
Winter of the Dead. Meteletsa Dmitriy Kozhuro Captain Igor Knyazev akimbo 2012
August. Eighth Russian scouts 2012
Pawnshop (Lombard) Denis Nikiforov Mark 2013
Deni Dadaev Aspiryn
Mark's gang member
Zombie Fever Aleksandr Efremov Kostya 2013
Anton Zinovev Ivan
Alexander Levenchuk Pyotr
Valeriy Zelenskiy Sasha
The Calculator (Vychislitel) Nikita Panfilov Mathias Dressed as Futuristic Pistol; Probably airsoft replica 2014
Vinnie Jones Polar Wolf
Hardcore Henry Sharlto Copley Jimmy 2016
Atomic Blonde Jóhannes Jóhannesson Yuri Bakhtin 2017
James McAvoy David Percival
In Limbo SOBR trooper 2021


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
The Equalizer / "The Confirmation Day" Assassin 1985 - 1989
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei . . . 1996-????
Brigada Dmitri Dyuzhev Kosmos Kholmogorov 2002
Brigada Vladimir Vdovichenkov Valery Filatov 2002
Brigada Andrei Panin Vladimir Kaverin 2002
Strike Back - Season 4 Mihai Arsene Leonid S04E08 2013
The Man in the High Castle Joel de la Fuente Chief Inspector Kido 2019
The Man in the High Castle Rich Ting Captain Iijima 2019
Topi Vadim Tsallati Daoud Holstered; "Introduction" (S1E01) 2021
Sofya Volodchinskaya Elya Musaeva "Introduction" (S1E01), "Resurrection" (S1E03)
Kirill Polukhin Burnt "Frenzy" (S1E04), "Transfiguration" (S1E05)

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Vietcong 2 APS 2005
The Stalin Subway APS 2005
Alliance of Valiant Arms With shoulder stock 2007
7.62 High Calibre APS 2008
Payday 2 "Igor Automatik" Added in Federales Weapon Pack (2020) 2013
Warface APS 2013
Survarium 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Stechkin APS wood stock 2014
Contract Wars 2015
Escape from Tarkov Stechkin APS 9x18PM machine pistol detachable wire stock added in v0.8.0.1208 patch (2018) 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Caliber 2019
Far Cry 6 "6P13 Auto" Shoulder stock and fictional drum magazines 2021
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022
Boundary APS heavily customized cosmonaut variant with compensator, optics rail, competition style charging handle 2023


Title Character Note Date
Najica Blitz Tactics Najica Hiiragi 2001
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Batou 2004
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Yakuza thug 2004
Black Lagoon/Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage Yukio Washimine/Balalaika 2006
Batman: Gotham Knight "The Russian" 2008
Eden of the East Seen in Takizawa's closet 2009
Angel Beats! Noda 2010
Omamori Himari 2010

Stechkin APB

The Stechkin APB is a modernized variant, fitted with a threaded barrel for mounting a suppressor. It also uses a lighter and more comfortable wire-frame stock instead of the C96-style wooden combination holster-stock on the original APS. It is worth noting that all existing APBs are not produced, but are converted from surplus APSes of the 1950s release.

Stechkin APB with detached stock - 9x18mm Makarov


Title Actor Character Note Date
Risk Without Contract (Risk bez kontrakta) Valery Poroshin "Uncle Misha" 1992
Police Academy 7 Aleksandr Peskov Russian Mafia hitman 1994


Title Actor Character Note Date
Dead Man's Tale (Chto skazal pokoynik) Oleg Basilashvili The gang boss 2000

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
7.62 High Calibre Stechkin APB 2008
9th Company: Roots of Terror Stechkin APB 2008
Contract Wars 2015
Escape from Tarkov APB 9x18PM silenced machine pistol detachable wire stock added in v0.8.0.1208 patch (2018) 2016


Title Character Note Date
Najica Blitz Tactics Najica Hiiragi 2001
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Alessi With non-standard underbarrel rail and suppressor; S3E8, "Sethan's Alessi, Part 1" 2015

Dracula md. 98

Dracula md. 98 with spare magazine attached as forward grip - 9x18mm Makarov

The Dracula md. 98 (also known as Pistolul model 1998) is a Romanian copy of the Stechkin APS with an extended dust-cover fitted with a rail under the muzzle allowing a spare magazine to be attached as a forward grip.


Title Actor Character Note Date
7 Seconds Wesley Snipes Jack Tuliver Dual wielded 2005
Tamzin Outhwaite Sgt. Kelly Anders
Tamer Hassan Rahood
Various With and without magazine as vertical grip
Shadow Man Levan Uchaneishvili Jensen 2006
Emanuel Parvu Inspector Urick
Jensen's henchmen, criminals
Attack Force Attackers 2006
Anaconda 3: Offspring David Hasselhoff Hammett 2008
Anacondas: Trail of Blood Claudiu Bleont Armon 2009
Linden Ashby Jackson

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