The PSS silent pistol is the last completed weapons system resulting from the Soviet development of silent pistols operating on a sealed cartridge system. Two previous designs were considered unacceptable for use due to their limitation of two shots. Earlier systems included the MSP and SP-4M double barreled pistols.
Development and usage
Developed around 1980, the PSS was first issued to KGB agents in 1983. Intended for assassinations and reconnaissance, it was produced in the special weapons foundry at Tznitochmash. PSS pistols are still in use by elite special forces units of many nations, as well as by some FSB, MVD, and KGB elite units.
During the Tanker Incident in 2007, Olga Gurlukovich carried a PSS that was equipped with a suppressor, increasing the effectiveness of its noise reduction properties. However, she ended up throwing it over the tanker's side when Solid Snake held her up, although she secretly had another gun, a USP, on her person.
Behind the scenes
Notes and references
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