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PSS-2 pistol

The PSS-2 silenced pistol is used by the Russian FSB security agency

Country of origin Russia
Entered service 2011
Caliber 7.62x43 mm (SP-16)
Weight (unloaded) 1 000 g
Length 195 mm
Barrel length ?
Muzzle velocity 300 m/s
Magazine capacity 6 rounds
Sighting range 50 m
Range of effective fire 25 - 50 m


   The PSS-2 silenced pistol was designed to replace the older PSS, that was adopted in the early 1980s. Special noiseless ammunition was developed alongside this weapon. The newer PSS-2 is based on the previous PSS, but has some features of the SR-1M pistol and some improvements. It was adopted by the Russian FSB security agency in 2011. It is possible that this specialized weapon is also used by elite units of Russian armed forces and special law enforcement units.

   Unlike most silenced pistols the PSS-2 has dimensions of a standard full-size pistol. It lacks silencer, but instead uses a special noiseless ammunition. It is chambered for new 7.62x43 mm SP-16 ammunition, that was developed specially for this pistol. The cartridge has an integrated silencing feature. It has a gas-sealing piston, that pushes the bullet. Once the bullet is away all powder gasses are locked within the strengthened case. As a result the PSS more silent than most conventional pistols with sound suppressors. The downside of this ammunition is its relatively low power. The new SP-16 round has a wedge-shaped bullet. It is more powerful and has improved penetration comparing with the old SP-4 noiseless ammunition used by original PSS. Still though such noiseless ammunition lacks penetration comparing with standard pistol ammunition, such as 9x19 mm. Its effective range is only around 25 meters. At this range it penetrates a steel army helmet or light body armor. Maximum claimed effective range is 50 meters. Concept of such noiseless ammunition is not new. Generally similar special rounds were used by the Soviet Union since around 1970s.

   Another downside of the SP-16 ammunition is that it is generally not available. Western silenced military pistols with suppressors, that are chambered for 9x19 mm or .45 ACP ammunition normally use special ammunition with subsonic muzzle velocity and heavy bullet. If required these weapons can use standard 9x19 mm or .45 APC rounds that are easy to come across. While the PSS-2 pistol is not compatible with any other ammunition rather than the SP-16.

   The PSS-2 is a recoil-operated weapon that fires with an opened breech. Mechanically it is similar to the old PSS. This silenced pistol has a special design, that slows down the slide on the final stages of movement in order not to clang.

   This handgun has a double-action type trigger. The trigger mechanism is based on that of the SR-1M pistol.

   This weapon lacks any manual safeties. There is an automatic firing pin safety and automatic grip safety. These features were also borrowed from the SR-1M pistol.

   The PSS-2 is fed from a single-stack magazine, that holds 6 rounds. Its predecessor also used 6-round capacity magazines.

   This weapon has simple iron sights with a sighting range of 50 meters.

   This silenced pistol has a Picatinny-type accessory rail for mounting tactical flashlight or laser pointer.


PSS-2 pistol

PSS-2 pistol

PSS-2 pistol






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