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Yarygin PYa


MP-443 Grach


Overview


Yaragin PYa

Left side view of Yaragin PYa.
Source: Karden - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Russia
Type
Pistol
Entered service
2003
Status
In service
Development
1993 - 2000
Developer
Vladimir Yarygin
Production
2002 - present
Producer
Russia - Izhmash
Designations
6P35
GRAU index
PYa / Pistolet Yarygina
Russian service, Russian for "Yarygin pistol".
MP-443 Grach
Manufacturer designation

Description


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.

Details


Variants of the PYa

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.

Facts PYa MP-446 Viking
General
Origin
Russia
Type
Pistol
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum, incl 7N21 overpressure
Magazine
17 round detachable box
Barrel length
113 mm
Muzzle velocity
465 m/s
Operation
Action
Short recoil
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Semi-automatic
Dimensions
Length
196 mm
Width
38 mm
Height
140 mm
Weight
0.95 kg empty
Sights
Type
Iron sights, blade front and adjustable notch rear

Media


Related articles


GSh-18

The GSh-18 was developed as a competitor to the PYa. The PYa was selected over the GSh-18.

Gyurza

The Gyurza stems from the same trails to replace the Makarov PM with a more capable pistol. Unlike the PYa and GSh-18 it uses special 9x21mm ammunition.