Functioning of the Soviet PSS Pistol with SP4 Captive Piston Ammunition

For a compact assassination pistol, the Soviet PSS with its companion SP4 silent ammunition is a hard combination to beat. While the PSS resembles a somewhat large conventional blowback pistol, it is definitely unique. The weapon is 6.7 inches long and weighs 30 ounces. Its size is comparable to a SIG P226 pistol, but the specialized ammunition delivers a close range lethal projectile with almost no sound signature….

Big Bore, Small Noise: VKS Large Caliber Silenced Sniper Rifle

Left side of the VKS rifle less scope, with iron sights raised. Over the last several decades, counter-terrorism operations became very important for most ‘civilized…

Thompson Machine’s Poseidon Suppressors

Thompson Machine’s Poseidon series of sound suppressors represent something truly new on the sound suppressor market. While most 9mm and .45 ACP pistol suppressors are…

Chinese CS06 SMG and LS06 Suppressor

Chinese submachine gun technology has come a long way in the past 50 years. From the days of chop-shop PPSh-41 variants through the copies of Thompson submachine guns and M3 Greaseguns, a very efficient and high-technology infrastructure has evolved. Westerners may not be quick to understand the devotion the Chinese have to developing the manufacturing base in their defense industry….

Quicksand: Gemtech’s 7.62 NATO Lightweight Quick-Detach Sound Suppressor

The new Gemtech Quicksand sound suppressor, now available for purchase, is used on 7.62 NATO rifles and utilizes a patented quick mount system.  It can be fastened securely in only two seconds and at only 17.5 ounces in weight it is the lightest quick-detach .308 suppressor available….

IDEX 2011

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) of 2011 is a biannual show that has reached its 10th anniversary with this event. It is a mature show with well developed habits and procedures for the exhibitors and attendees. Having established itself as a benchmark show much like Eurosatory, Milipol, DSA or AUSA, IDEX attracts a rich diversity of attendees from around the world. The show itself is centered in Abu Dhabi, the capitol city of the United Arab Emirates….

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Leupold: Modern Innovations in the Optics Industry

Firing the Remington Modular Sniper Rifle (MSR) set up on .338 Lapua, with the Leupold Mark 4, 6.5-20x50mm Extended Range/Tactical (ER/T) optic. Leupold, the oldest…

The Sounds of Silence: Part 4

Pressure testing the entrance chamber of a 1.38 inch diameter 5.56mm suppressor on a 10.4 inch barrel. Pressure measurements of 2,998 psi calculated an acceptable…

The Soviet Model PB Silenced Pistol

The Makarov PB suppressed pistol with the secondary suppressor removed. This was easily concealed, and the secondary suppressor could be attached literally in seconds. The…

The Sounds of Silence, Part 3

The “silenced” Walther PPK used by Sean Connery playing the role of James Bond (007) in Dr. No. The photo shows the right side of…

The Elusive Vintorez 9×39 Sniper Rifle

The Soviet Union and its current iteration, Russia, have long been known for innovative weapon development; only some of which has seen the light of…

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The Sounds of Silence: Part 2

Shooting suppressed weapons will protect hearing far better than using hearing protection devices, because the sound is attenuated at the source. Hearing damage by bone…

Gemtech’s 9mm Tundra Suppressor

Weighing in at only 7.2 ounces including the recoil device and with a diameter of only 1.25 inches, the Gemtech Tundra more resembles a rimfire…

The Sounds of Silence: Part 1

Sound is defined as air in motion, which produces pressure variations that the human ear can detect. It is a form of overpressure, and how it is interpreted depends on a variety of factors, including frequency, duration, intensity (amplitude), and variations in the observer’s hearing acuity. The subject of this column is related to firearm sounds.

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