Nicknamed the “Malysh” which translates roughly to “kid” or “little one,” the OTs-21 handgun is a pint-sized Russian deep concealment gun.
Created in 1994 by Yuri Berezin of Tula’s KBP Instrument Design Bureau, the semi-auto pistol is chambered in Russia’s standard 9x18mm Makarov, 5.45x18mm, or the slightly smaller .380ACP, with the latter caliber being for export sales. Just under 5-inches long overall, KBP bills their gun as a “small-size pistol can be used as an individual or special purpose weapon for concealed carrying,” and it is used by internal security forces in the country.
With its 5+1 round capacity, the Izhmash-produced gun is roughly the same size as Ruger’s LCP but carries one less round. However, in classic Russian fashion, the blocky Brutalist style of the gun contrasts against Ruger’s more streamlined offering. Likewise, as it is an all-steel gun, it goes a few ounces heavier, because apparently that’s what people look for in a carry gun in Russia (“Heavy is good. Heavy is reliable. If it doesn’t work, you can always hit him with it.”)
Sadly, due to import restrictions with Russia, there is nyet chance of getting one of these bad boys over on this side of the globe, so you just have to roll with the domestically produced LCP, for now.
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