The MP-443 Grach, which also carries the name PYa (stands for Yarygin’s pistol), was developed in 1993 to replace the aging PM (Makarov’s Pistol) side arm. The MP-443 is a semi-automatic pistol that is slowly being adopted by all the Russian military and Police. It is chambered for the 7N21 bullet, an armor-piercing version of the 9 mm NATO round with a muzzle energy of 600 jules.
The MP-443 has a locking function similar to the Glock and SIG Sauer pistols, and has a safety catch situated between the slide and the grip. The hammer of the MP-443 is concealed within the slide, to prevent it from brushing against equipment and clothing. The MP-443 is fed from special single feed, double column, 17 round magazines. The frame is made of carbon steel, the barrel is made of stainless steel, and the grips are made of polymer.
Photos taken by Karden.