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Yarygin PYa

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Russia

  • NICKNAMES
    6P35 Pistolet Yarygina (Russian service designation)
    MP-443 Grach (manufacturer designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1993 - 2000

  • DESIGNER
    Vladimir Yarygin

  • PRODUCTION
    2002 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Russia - Izhmash

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Large magazine capacity
    Fires high pressure ammunition
    Rugged and reliable
    Rather heavy due to steel frame
    No accessory rails

Introduction

The Yaragin PYa is a modern pistol of Russian origin. It was developed in the 1990's as a replacement for the ubiquitous Makarov PM pistol. The PYa is named after is developer and is also known as the MP-443 Grach. In 2002 it was selected as the standard sidearm for all Russian forces.

Design

The PYa is a double action pistol that uses a simplified version of the Colt-Browning short recoil system. Unlike most modern pistols the PYa follows a classic sturdy design with a steel frame. Overpressure 9x19mm ammunition is fired from a double stack magazine. Ambidextrous safety and magazine release is fitted. The MP-446 Viking is a similar sized civilian alternative that does not fire overpressure ammunition and uses a single stack magazine.

Firepower

The PYa fires 9x19mm rounds from a 17 round magazine. Both standard and overpressure rounds can be fired. These include the powerful 7N21 and 7N31 armor piercing rounds. It is not available in other calibers. The PYa is reported having reasonable accuracy and good reliability. Maximum effective range is quoted as 50 meters.

Users

The PYa was selected as the new standard issue service pistol for Russian forces in 2002. The GSh-18 and Gyurza (SPS) have also been acquired in smaller quantities. Despite these purchases the venerable Makarov PM remains the most numerous pistol in Russian service. The PYa and its civilian models are available for export.

Variants

Yaragin PYa

The PYa is a modern pistol with metal slide and frame. The hammer is covered on both sides by the slide. Polymer grip plates are fitted. It has fixed sights and ambidextrous controls. There are no variants except for a civilian model.

PYa / MP-443 Grach: Baseline military service pistol. MP-443 Grach is the original name of the PYa. MP-443 Grach remains the export designation.
MP-446 Viking: Civilian model of the MP-443. Has a thinner barrel and cannot fire overpressure ammunition. The polymer frame and single stack magazine make it lighter than the PYa. The frame also has accessory rails.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17 rounds
OperationShort recoil
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length113 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity465 m/s
Stock-
Length196 mm
Width38 mm
Height140 mm
Weight0.95 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and adjustable notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17 rounds
OperationShort recoil
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length113 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity465 m/s
Stock-
Length198 mm
Width33 mm
Height140 mm
Weight1 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and adjustable notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17 rounds
OperationShort recoil
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length113 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity335 m/s
Stock-
Length196 mm
Width?
Height140 mm
Weight0.85 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and adjustable notch rear
Remarks-

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