Stechkin APS: Strange Soviet machine pistol fun (VIDEOS)

01/17/19 11:00 AM | by

Stechkin: Strange Soviet machine pistol fun (VIDEOS)

In service since 1951, Igor Stechkin’s automatic pistol is a handful and it still gets around today.

Smaller than a submachine gun, the 9x18mm blowback action handgun is select-fire, capable of either semi-auto or going cyclic at 750 rounds per minute until the 20-round magazine runs dry– which is only a couple of seconds.

Used back in the Cold War by Soviet Spetsnaz troops and assorted sundry allies in places ranging from Afghanistan to Angola, the Stechkin APS still gets some use today and, notably, Russian pilots both carried them and reportedly put them into use in Syria lately.

With an overview of the gun, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons has you covered in the above video while he gets some range time in with TWO of the exotic machine pistols (at the same time), in the below. Enjoy!

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