Russia Replacing Makarov with Pistol Capable of Piercing Titanium, Steel

MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: Russian journalist try to fire from 'Makarov' pistol during the opening of new weapons shop 'Kolchuga' ('Chain armour') in Moscow, 10 June 2004. AFP PHOTO / TATYANA MAKEYEVA (Photo credit should read TATYANA MAKEYEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia is replacing the legendary Makarov handgun with a pistol capable of piercing titanium and steel.

France 24 reports that the new pistol will be called “Udav.” Whereas the Makarov fires a 9×18 round, which is slightly smaller than the 9mm round so widely popular in the United States, the Udav will shoot the 9x21mm Gyurza, which will allow it to “pierce 1.4 mm of titanium or 4 mm of steel armor from a 100-meter distance.”

The Gyurza round is also designed take away the advantages an enemy might otherwise gain from wearing body armor.

The Udav is designed to work in a wide range of temperatures and has been successfully tested between – 94 to 122 Fahrenheit.

Military Times reports that the Udav has a polymer frame, whereas the Makarov did not. And whereas the Makarov “could at most be fitted with a suppressor,” the Udav is can be more widely altered and accessorized, including the addition of a suppressor.

The Makarov began to be produced in the 1950s. No information was released indicating exactly when the Udav will take its place.

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