PP 90 [Submachine Gun]:

A small submachine gun made in the republic of Kazakhstan, apparently designed for covert carrying for special forces operations and for security forces. This weapon can be folded up into a box shape measuring only 270 x 90 x 32 mm in size. When unfolded all one has to do is to place a magazine, cock the weapon, and it is ready to fire. All this can be done in seconds.

The weapon works trough a simple blow-back mechanism and is capable of both semi-automatic and automatic fire. Because of the alignment of the barrel with the stock and the relatively moderate rate of fire the gun is very controllable during fully automatic firing. The gun is mostly made out of sheet metal, and features a large ejection port on the right side, just above the grip. Just behind the grip is the pivot which allows the stock to fold downward onto the frame. The triggerguard is large enough to allow the weapon to be fired while wearing thick gloves, a must in Russia!
The gun is normally issued with a cloth carrying case which holds both the gun in its folded form and two magazines.

The magazines for the weapons hold thirty rounds of 9 x 18 mm Makarov ammunition.

Weight: 4.6 lbs (1.83 kg) empty.
Caliber:9 x 18 mm Makarov
Barrel Length:7.2 inch (18 cm).
Overall Length:18 inches (49 cm) or 10.8 inches (27 cm) folded.
Action:Unlocked blowback.
Mode of Fire: semi-automatic / fully automatic.
Rate of Fire:700 rounds per minute.
Range:250 ft (76.2 m).
Magazine:Box magazine (30 rounds).
Cost: ?.
Made in: Russia.
Special: Small and lightweight, can be folded up to a extremely small size. Good controllability, will function reliably in extreme cold.

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