Red Army

The guns used on the Red Army event*

*Please see note at foot of this page.


Semi-auto Pistols

Tokarev TT33

Standard Red Army self-loading pistol during WW2. Tokarevs were widely exported and, although obsolete now, may still be found in use in many former Soviet states. It is essentially a copy of the American 1911 Colt but simplified for ease of manufacture and use. Although not well made or well finished, the Tokarev is a typically tough Soviet design capable of taking a lot of punishment and still functioning where some more “modern” handguns would break.

  • Weight: 0.83 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 7.62 X 25mm Soviet
  • Capacity: 8 rounds


Makarov PM

This was the standard Soviet service pistol from the 1950s onwards and was also widely used by KGB agents because of its relatively small size and easy concealability. This is essentially a larger copy of the Walther PPK design firing a smaller less powerful round than the NATO equivalent 9x19mm parabellum. It is tough and reliable but by modern Western standards remains somewhat dated. It can be found still in use in armies of ex-Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact countries.

  • Weight: 0.72 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 9mm X 18 Soviet
  • Capacity: 8 rounds


Stechkin APS

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)


Margolin MCM Target Pistol

The Margolin MCM is a .22 LR pistol primarily used for target shooting, and because of its low recoil iand comfortable ergonomic grips is well suited to training beginners before progressing to more powerful handguns. The Margolin has been used since the 1950s, and complies with all international competition standards. A very accurate, and reliable pistol of functional and simple design. The barrel, being comparatively light-weight, can be equipped with an under barrel weight for added steadyness.

  • Weight: 0.91 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: .22LR
  • Capacity: 5 rounds




Nagant M1895

The Nagant M1895 is a seven-shot revolver designed and produced by Belgian industrialist Léon Nagant for Tsarist Russia. The Nagant M1895 was chambered for a proprietary cartridge, 7.62x38R. The Nagant M1895 became the standard issue side arm for Russian army and police officers, later including their special services, the NKVD and the KGB..

  • Weight: 0.8 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 7.62x38mmR
  • Capacity: 7 rounds




A relatively lightweight, easy to use, hard-hitting rifle for motorised infantry. It is capable of semiautomatic or automatic fire modes. Being inexpensive to manufacture and exceptionally reliable even in tough conditions this weapon became the most popular choice for arming conscripts in developing countries, as well as in the former Soviet Union’s armed forces . The AK47 came in two versions. The standard AK-47 version had a wooden stock. The AKS version had a folding metal stock for mechanised infantry and parachute troops.

  • Weight: 4.3 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 7.62 x 39
  • Capacity: 30 rounds (standard)


Shpagin PPSh 41

Designed by Russian George Shpagin to meet a desparate need for firepower in the USSR following the invasion of Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II. The gun uses a simple blowback action, and fires from the open bolt position. A very reliable weapon with a high rate of fire and large magazine capacity it was ideally suited to the close quarters house to house fighting at the battle of Leningrad. The drum magazines proved slow to refill in battle conditions so in 1942 the USSR developed a curved box magazine holding 35 rounds. This version in Budapest is semi-auto so shoots as fast as you can pull the trigger.

  • Weight: 3.7 kg (empty)
  • Calibre: 7.62mm x 25mm
  • Capacity: 70 rounds drum or 35 rounds box mag


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