Country of origin
9x18 mm Makarov
Weight (with silencer and empty magazine)
Length (with silencer)
Length (without silencer)
Range of effective fire
~ 25 m
silenced pistol was developed to meet requirements the Soviet army.
It is based on a heavily modified
pistol. Even some parts, notably the magazine and trigger mechanism
are interchangeable. The PB was adopted in 1967. It was issued to
special forces and reconnaissance units. This silenced pistol was
also used by the KGB operatives. However it was not very popular.
Production was stopped in the mid 1980s. Some sources report that
production resumed during 2000s. The PB was widely
replaced by newer, more compact and more
silent PSS pistol. However it
seems that the PB is still in limited use by the Russian armed forces
and law enforcement forces. This pistol was never exported outside
the Soviet Union. However it might be in service with some former
The PB uses
standard 9x18 mm Makarov ammunition. This round was also
designed by Nikolay Makarov alongside his pistol and adopted in the
early 1950s. Basically it is a larger version of the 9x17 mm (.380
ACP) round, developed by John Browning. Russians deliberately opted
for ammunition that is not compatible with any Western 9 mm pistols.
So in case of war captured Soviet ammunition stocks would be
useless. The 9x18 mm round became the standard pistol and submachine
gun round in the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries, as Soviets
required their allies to use the same ammunition. Comparing with
Western 9x19 mm Parabellum round, the Makarov round is less powerful
and also looses in terms of penetration.
The PB has
an unusual but simple integral silencer. The front part of the
silencer can be quickly detached for more convenient carrying,
storage and maintenance. Normally it is attached only prior to use.
The rear part of the silencer is enclosed into the barrel. The
barrel is ported to extract excessive powder gasses and reduce a
muzzle velocity below the speed of sound.
In case of
emergency the PB can fire with the silencer removed. It is a useful
emergency feature, even though it will significantly increase the
sound signature. It is worth noting that most other weapons with
integral silencers can not fire with the silencer removed.
The PB is
not completely silent. Even though the level of sound reduction is
significant, most noise is made not by the clank of the slide. At
night it can be heard at a range of 50 meters. That is pretty much a
maximum range of effective fire. This was one of the reasons why
this pistol was unpopular among its users.
has an all-metal construction. It is a blowback-operated weapon. The
PB has a double-action trigger. It can be also fired in
single-action sequence. A manual
safety switch is mounted on the slide.
silenced pistol is fed from an 8 round magazine. It is
interchangeable with Makarov pistol magazine. Magazine release knob
is located at the bottom of the grip.
The PB has
fixed iron sights with luminous inserts for night shooting. The
sights are set at 50 meters and are not adjustable. Range of effective is
up to 50 meters.
silenced pistol is carried in a special holster, that has separate
compartments for the weapon and detached front part of the silencer.
It also holds a spare magazine. A cleaning rod is also attached to
the holster. It has been reported that some operators cut the hole
in the standard holster and carry this pistol with a silencer