In 1951, both the Makarov and Stechkin were introduced into the Soviet military arsenal, replacing the trusted Tokarev TT-33. The silenced version called Stechkin APB was issued to special forces units such as the Spetsnaz. During the Soviet war in Afghanistan the Soviets conducted a number of clandestine campaigns in enemy territory, raising the demand for relatively compact, rapid-firing guns like the Stechkin. Most civilian models have now been converted to semi-auto only.
- Weight: 1.02 kg (empty)
- Calibre: 9 X 18mm Soviet
- Capacity: 20 rounds (box magazine)