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Kalashnikov (Lebedev) PLK

Compact Semi-Automatic Service Pistol [ 2021 ]

The handy Kalashnikov PLK looks to serve the law enforcement and security markets through a compact form and 9mm chambering.

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To better compete with the Western line of 9mm semi-automatic service pistols, Kalashnikov of Russia has developed the "PLK" as a law enforcement / security solution. The design is of compact form for concealment / carry and utilizes the 9x19mm Parabellum German pistol cartridge - the first of its kind for a Russia-originated design - feeding from a magazine holds fourteen ready-to-fire cartridges. Overall length is 180mm with the barrel assembly measuring 92mm. Weight is a handy 0.72 kilograms.

All management controls (the safety lever, slide lock, and magazine release) are made ambidextrous, found along both sides of the slide. The slide itself is grooved front and rear for easier management of the assembly when cocking. The grip handle is also patterned for a firm hold and integrated to the frame which includes the trigger ring, the frame slightly overhanging the web of the primary hand. Magazines are inserted into the base of the grip handle. The trigger component sits within the ring in the usual way, the ring large enough to accommodate a gloved finger. Sights are featured at the front and rear over the frame for some precision when firing down range. The recoil spring sits under the barrel.

Like other modern polymer sidearms, the PLK has a short section of Picatinny rail aft and under the muzzle for the mounting of tactical accessories.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Compact Semi-Automatic Service Pistol

Kalashnikov Group (Lebedev) - Russia
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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Compact nature allows for relatively easy concealment.
Internal action allows release of single round per trigger pull, actuating a semi-automatic loading mechanism for successive shots.
An automatic, or pseudo-automatic, function is built into the system, allowing for repeat firing to be achieved.
Supports 'iron sights' allowing for inherent accuracy in ranged fire.

Overall Length
180 mm
7.09 in
Barrel Length
92 mm
3.62 in
Empty Wgt
1.59 lb
0.72 kg

Iron Front and Rear.



One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
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9x19mm Parabellum

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

14-round detachable box magazine.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
175 ft
(53 m | 58 yd)

PLK - Base Series Name.

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