The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has adopted a new compact Lebedev pistol
It is not worth underestimating personal weapons, which are now in service with officers of power structures. Recently, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Kolokoltsev, presented the Order of Courage to the Perm police officer Konstantin Kalinin, who from his Makarov stopped an armed student at the university. With skillful use, even an old Makarov, some of which have served since Soviet times, can save dozens of lives.
But to fire live ammunition in an educational institution, even under such circumstances, is a great responsibility. That is why the security forces supported the idea of re-equipping the Lebedev pistol with a new pistol, which is abbreviated as PLC and is produced by the Kalashnikov company.
Operatives appreciated its weight and compactness: in the front part, the thickness of the pistol is 21 mm, in the area of the handle – 28 mm. These values give the gun the best compactness in its class.
The Lebedev pistol is interesting in that it can be equipped with various sights and flashlights. Soldiers of special forces will receive a PLC with barrels extended from 120 mm to 207 mm, which allow a device for silent shooting and even another trigger mechanism to be screwed onto the barrel, which allows them to fire in burst. PLCs for special forces will be equipped with an increased magazine for 30 rounds.
But this does not mean that no one else will see Makarov's pistol. Revolver Nagant, which appeared in Russia in 1889 and was replaced during the Great Patriotic War with Tokarev's pistol, but was in service with employees of the Russian Post and the guard of the Russian Railways until the present century – for more than 110 years. The Makarov pistol was accepted into service only 73 years ago. Now the police are armed with more than 100,000 Makarovs, and it is clear that assembling new pistols will take several years.
On the civilian market, Lebedev's pistol will appear in the form of a compact traumatic pistol (PLC-T), which will be lighter and smaller than the combat model, and its clip will hold 14 traumatic cartridges of 10×28 mm caliber.
Height: 130 mm.
Caliber: 9×19 mm.
Magazine capacity: 14 rounds
Weight (without cartridges) – 710 gr.
The Makarov pistol
Magazine capacity: 8 rounds
Weight (without cartridges) – 730 g.