|Cartridge||9 x 18 mm (PM, PMM)|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Total weight (with empty magazine)||760 g|
|Overall length||186 mm|
|Barrel length||101 mm|
|Bullet initial speed||350 (PM), 420 (PMM) m/s|
|Practical rate of fire||30 rpm|
|Range of effective fire||50 m|
The MP-444 "Bagira"
Self-loading Pistol was developed as a substitute for the PM
Self-loading pistol which was produced since 1951. This pistol is intended
for the Russian Army and the Ministry of the Internal Affairs both to
replace the PM Pistol. Initially there was developed
improved variant of the PM - the PMM
Self-loading Pistol chambered for the improved 9 x 18 (PMM) high impulse
cartridge. The PMM is serially produced since the
1994 however it's design became old-dated comparing with the modern combat
At the late 80-ties and early 90-ties Russian arms designers decided that the new pistol should have more powerful cartridge and increased magazine capacity. At the Izhevsk city Mechanical Plant there was developed conceptually new design pistol family. The MP-444 "Bagira" Self-loading Pistol family was intended for 9-mm caliber cartridges. It was chambered for the 9 x 17 mm (Browning), 9 x 18 mm (PM, PMM), and 9 x 19 mm (Para). The MP-444 became a basic model for the MP-445 "Variag" Self-loading Pistol chambered for the more powerful .40 S&W cartridges. One more Self-loading Pistol designed on the same base is the MP-446 "Viking" chambered for 9 x 19 mm (Para) cartridges but with a new external design.
Pistol automatic works on the lock short recoil principle. "Bagira" has an opened hammer mechanism with ability to be used in "single-" or the "double-action" modes. Pistol is fitted with a special buffer absorbing recoil power.
The MP-444 "Bagira" has a plastic polymer frame. It is fitted with cartridge load in the barrel channel indicator. Underbarrel rail is intended for a various accessories such as the tactical flashlight or the laser pointer.
Feeding is provided from the two line magazine. A magazine release button is placed behind the trigger guard and can be placed from the each side of the pistol handle.
Pistol has a fixed sight with three contrast points clearly visible at twilight.
The MP-444 Self-loading Pistol chambered for the 9 x 17 mm (Browning) cartridge has an optimal weight, dimensions, and firepower ratio. Ambidextrous magazine release button. Recoil power absorbing device increases fire accuracy.
The MP-444 "Bagira" has a two line magazine which makes a bit uncomfortable weapon's holding in the hand. Furthermore a safety-lock position is quiet unsuccessful.