Kalashnikov introduced the upgraded MP-446C Viking-M sport pistol
Simultaneously with the introduction into service of the Russian army in 2003, the 9-mm self-loading pistol designed by Vladimir Alexandrovich Yarygin (GRAU index - 6P35, R & D program “Grach”) Izhevsk Mechanical Plant also developed its sports version. The sports modification of the pistol, which received the designation MP-446 Viking, was developed in accordance with the requirements of the rules of IPSC - International Confederation of Practical Shooting. In the same year 2003, the pistol was added to the official list of weapons that can be used at international competitions held according to the rules of IPSC.
The pistol MP-446 Viking was a success with the athletes-shooters, who used it to improve the skill of possession of weapons. The gun successfully combined the reliability of military models and the structural elements inherent in modern sports weapons: improved accuracy and accuracy of shooting with respect to the base model; the ability to adjust the magnitude of the stroke (failure) of the trigger after the shot; the presence of a shop on 10 cartridges.
The MP-446C Viking sports pistol quickly found its niche in the market as a budgetary pistol for ISPC as well as novice shooters, gaining sufficient popularity not only among Russian, but also foreign athletes: a total of the pistol was exported to 28 states of Europe, Asia and Africa, which is a very good result. The owners of this weapon attracted not only the low price of the pistol, but also the simplicity of its device, ease of disassembly (incomplete carried out using a single drift), unpretentious maintenance and operation - the fact that the progenitor of the sports version was created by order of the Russian Ministry of Defense. Despite this, during the operation of the sports sample, a number of shortcomings were identified, primarily its insufficient resource.
Taking this into account, the Izhevsk designers, headed by Vladimir Alexandrovich Yarygin, began to refine the design of the sports pistol. Work in this direction began in 2013 in the framework of the agreement with the Federation of practical shooting Udmurtia, which was of great importance, since the practice of arms, including Federation Chairman Andrei Utrobin, was involved in the weapon design process. The result of the work was an order of magnitude increased resource pistol. At the same time, the barrel was extended to 120 mm, previously this was done only by special order, and the standard barrel length of the MP-446C Viking model was 112,8 mm.
On the updated model MP-446 Viking-M, it became possible to install “optoelectronic”, light-gathering inserts for front and rear sights, as well as adjustable aiming devices. The store latch has undergone changes - it is made larger and serving, which positively affects the convenience of changing the store with arrows that have different anthropometric parameters of the brush. The bottom of the store is made of metal, not plastic. The weapon's ergonomics, pistol balance were improved, and sharp edges were removed, which caused discomfort during long-term gun shooting.
An additional notch appeared in the front of the pistol casing, designed for a more secure grip when retracted. The upgraded MP-446С Viking-M sports pistol has acquired an elegant appearance due to the appearance of a spectacular wear-resistant light coating on the handle and the pistol casing. This is a rather important innovation, and not a simple trend of modern armory “fashion”: quite often, foreign shooters-athletes expressed surprise with a careless finish and a somewhat rough “appearance” of the pistol. And the first impression very often for commercial weapons can be crucial.
The MP-446С Viking-M sports pistol is planned to be equipped with four stores that have interchangeability. In addition, the kit will include a magazine loading accelerator, a magazine extension that meets the requirements of an open class up to 170 mm, and a rear sight adjustment device (RHF). A standardized Picatinny standard strip MIL-STD-1913 appeared in the front lower part of the gun frame, which If desired, allows you to install various tactical devices.
According to Mikhail Degtyarev, editor-in-chief of Kalashnikov magazine, test samples of the updated MP-446C Viking-M sports pistol were able to withstand thousands of shots without significant damage during shooting in commercial shooting galleries. This significantly exceeds the resource of the previous version of the gun. The cost of the new model, according to the manufacturer, will be 50 thousand rubles (about 60 euros). The gun can be purchased on the Russian firearms market in 25.
The demonstration of the MP-446C Viking-M sports pistol at an exhibition in Moscow was not the only one in October of this year. The full debut of the novelty took place within the framework of the first own match on practical shooting from a Kalashnikov Cup pistol. According to the press service of the Kalashnikov Concern, the competition included a presentation of the fire capabilities of the upgraded MP-446C Viking-M pistol, which has an increased working life - not less than 50 thousands of shots. Kalashnikov Cup competitions were held in the Moscow region from 20 to October 23 based on the world's largest indoor shooting complex "Object".
The presentation of the updated model was personally held by Alexey Pichugin, who is a five-time champion of the Russian Federation in practical shooting, a European champion in the team, a member of the Central Council of the Federation of Practical Shooting in Russia. It is also important that Alexey was directly involved in the formulation of a technical task for improving the MP-446C VIKING-M and testing a pistol.
Thanks to the joint efforts of the team of designers of the Kalashnikov concern, under the leadership of Vladimir Yarygin himself and Russian athletes - shooters of the Practical Shooting Federation of Russia, by making changes in the design of the barrel, the life of the weapon was significantly increased - to 50 thousand shots. A convenient magazine reset button and a modified pistol grip significantly improved the ergonomics of a sports pistol.
Thanks to the weighting placed in the front part of the pistol frame in the form of a picatinny rifle bar, as well as a thickened and elongated barrel, the balance of the pistol was significantly improved and its surge was reduced during firing. The design of the pistol provides for the use of springs with different efforts, which allows the shooter to customize the weapon for themselves. Also the sports pistol MP-446 Viking-M received a new store with a single-row output, designed for 15 cartridges, while maintaining compatibility with stores with a two-row cartridges output. The modernized sports pistol can be fitted not only with factory sights, but also designed for a Glock pistol.
Performance characteristics of the MR-446 Viking-M:
Caliber - 9 mm.
Cartridge - 9x19 mm "Parabellum".
Overall dimensions - 206x145x38 mm.
Barrel length - 120 mm.
Mass - 950
Magazine capacity - 15 cartridges.
The frame material is metal.
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