Kalashnikov Concern is set to enter full “serial production” on its much-anticipated PL-14 Lebedev pistol.
Alexander Gvozdik, the managing director of the Kalashnikov Concern JSC Izhevsk Mechanical Engineering Plant, confirmed the news to a group of investors earlier this week.
“The serial production of the Lebedev pistol will start in the short term,” he said, according to Russia’s state-owned news service TASS. To that end, Kalashnikov is also launching a new manufacturing site for the PL-14 as development and trials for the pistol wraps up.
Furthermore, Kalashnikov Concern CEO Alexei Krivoruchko told TASS the PL-14 will likely be given close consideration by the Russian Ministry of Defence and multiple law enforcement agencies.
The Kalashnikov PL-14 was first introduced at the Army-2015 International Military-Technical Forum in Russia. Chambered in 9mm, the striker-fired, short-recoil-operated, locked-breech handgun features a five-inch barrel. In addition, it’s noted for it’s slim profile, measuring 1.1-inches thick at the grip and 0.82 inches thick at the front of the slide. The gun also sports ambidextrous controls. Additionally, it has a loaded chamber indicator; Picatinny rail; DAO trigger; 15-round capacity; and an overall weight of 1.76 pounds.
“The versatility of our new pistol allows to use it not only as a military weapon for the military forces and police, but also as a pistol for different shooting competitions,” Krivoruchko said in a 2015 presser. “We intend to produce different variants of the pistol, for example, with certain characteristics of the trigger mechanism for special forces units, as well as a civilian version with trigger that would be suitable for practical shooting competitions as well.”
See specs for the PL-14 below, in addition to a video showing Larry Vickers testing it out.
Kalashnikov PL-14 Specs
- Caliber: 9x19mm
- Length: 220mm
- Height: 136mm
- Thickness: 28mm
- Barrel length: 127mm
- Magazine capacity: 15
- Weight without ammunition: 0.8 kg
- Weight with ammunition: 0.99 kg