First introduced in 1973, the PSM semi automatic pistol was produced as a new concealable pistol for the Soviet military. Utilizing a blowback action, it featured an eight round magazine and used the new 5.45x18mm cartridge. Unlike common pocket pistol calibers of the day like .22LR and .25ACP, the 5.45x18mm was exceptionally lethal for it’s size. The interesting bottlenecked pistol cartridge made up for it’s small caliber with exceptional velocity, with a muzzle velocity of over 1,000 feet per second, rated to pierce 55 layers of kevlar at reasonable combat distances. Originally the PSM was outfitted with lightweight aluminum grips, today they are made of plastic.
Originally the PSM was intended as a side arm for the Soviet Military, however most officers preferred their older Makarov and Tokarev pistols. However, due to its small size (6 inches overall length, 12 oz weight) it became popular as a concealable pocket pistol among police officers, KGB agents, and Soviet politicians or other high officials. Today the PSM is still commonly used in Russia by security, police, and government officials. It is also commonly used in many former Soviet Republics.
Designed by Igor Stechkin c.1949-51, manufactured c.1954 in the USSR. 9x18mm Makarov 20-round removable box magazine, blowback select fire, removable holster stock. The creation of the AK line of assault rifles made PPSh and PPS submachine guns obsolete in only a few years, which prompted Soviet tank, artillery and mortar crews to be issued instead with this new generation of pistol-caliber automatic firearms.
B-4 - a large howitzer (special power) caliber 203 mm the sample of 1931.
203-mm howitzer B-4 sample of 1931 was the basis of Soviet artillery great and special power RVGK. According to many military experts, including the German, the howitzer was an unusual but highly effective cannon. Development tools was developed design Bureau “Artkom” GAU in 1927 in accordance with the decision of the revolutionary military Council of the USSR on the rearmament of the artillery great and special power for new domestic material.
Manufactured between 1910 and 1945 in Russia or the USSR, here used in an anti-aircraft role c.1941. 7,62x54mmR, 250 rounds belt-fed, short recoil, toggle locked and water-cooled. 1931 configuration. Protect the Motherland with an overpowering display of antiquated firearms.
Manufactured under licence in China as a copy of the Soviet PPS-43 c.1950′s. 7,62x25mm 35-round removable box magazine, open bolt blowback select fire, folding skeleton stock. A rather mean-looking machine gun, it goes to show you how the crappiest muzzle break can give a style to a firearm.
Soviet guns and ammunition captured by German Army. Notice the amount of Maksim guns. Some soldiers had to abandon their guns simple because they had no ammunition during first few weeks of the Great Patriotic War. Ammunition problem was widespread through whole Red Army during the first months and only finally got leveled out closer to the end of 1941.