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.

The Manhattan Incident

See also: Tanker Incident and the Big Shell Incident

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.

Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

By 2014, PSS pistols were utilized by various private military companies as well as Dwarf Gekko. It also saw use in South America and the Middle East.

Behind the scenes

In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Sigint mentions that the EZ Gun utilizes cartridges with a piston to propel the bullet, which is identical to how the PSS operates.


Notes and references

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