A PP-19-01 Vityaz-SN equipped with Zenit-made rails.
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2008 – present
Used by Russia
Production history
Designer Izhmash
Designed 2004
Manufacturer Izhmash
Produced 2008 – present
Variants version 10, version 20
Weight 2.9 kg (6.39 lb)
Length 705 mm (27.8 in)
stock extended
480 mm (18.9 in)
stock folded
Barrel length 237.5 mm (9.4 in)

Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
Action Blowback, closed bolt
Rate of fire 700-750 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 380 m/s (1,246.7 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 200 m (218.7 yd)
Feed system 30-round box magazine
Sights Adjustable iron sights and mounting rails for optical or collimator sights

The Vityaz-SN is a 9×19mm Parabellum submachine gun developed in 2004 by Izhmash. It is based on the AK-74 rifle platform and offers a high degree of parts commonality with the AK-74.[1] It is the standard submachine gun for all branches of Russian military and police forces.[2][3][4]

Design details

The Vityaz-SN is a lightweight selective fire weapon that uses a simple closed bolt, straight blowback method of operation. As such, it has no gas system and the internal components have been modified accordingly. The bolt carrier with integral charging handle is similar to AK, however the piston rod and rotary bolt were removed and the piston extension was plugged with a steel insert. The return spring and guide rod are almost identical to those of the AK.

The Vityaz has a four-groove barrel with a 240 mm (1:9 in) right-hand rifling pitch. It is chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge and will also fire the new high-pressure armor-piercing 57-N-181SM round that can penetrate soft body armor. The gun is fed from a 30-round box magazine and comes with a fastening device that joins two magazines together.[5] Its muzzle brake has three small rectangular ports on each side that serve to reduce muzzle rise, however their main purpose is to protect the muzzle from damage. It can be equipped with a detachable sound suppressor.[6]

The Vityaz shares the same trigger and safety mechanisms as the AK-74 rifle. The selector lever is placed on the right side of the receiver, above the trigger, and has three settings: the uppermost "safe" setting disables the trigger and physically blocks the charging handle; the middle position (marked "АВ") enables fully automatic fire and the lowest position ("ОД") activates the semi-automatic function of the trigger. It utilizes the AKS-74 shoulder stock, which folds to the left side of the receiver. The pistol grip is identical to the grip of the AK-100 series and is made of a black fiberglass-reinforced polyamide. The forearm has attachment points for laser target designator, tactical flashlight and fore grip.[7]

The Vityaz-SN is provided with two types of mounting rails for optical or collimator sights. A Picatinny rail on top of the receiver or a dove-tail side rail. It also has standard AK-type front and rear sights.[8]

See also


  1. Kalashnikov product page for Vityaz-SN SMG
  2. "New guns for Russia's cops – so what? - In Moscow's Shadows". In Moscow's Shadows. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. Spetsnaz: Russia’s Special Forces. by Mark Galeotti. Osprey Publishing. Jun 20, 2015. page 60
  5. Kalashnikov product page for Vityaz-SN SMG
  6. Kalashnikov product page for Vityaz-SN SMG
  7. Kalashnikov product page for Vityaz-SN SMG
  8. Kalashnikov product page for Vityaz-SN SMG
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