~ A New Specification Deactivated 1955 Stechkin Automatic Pistol With Its Shoulder Stock Holster ~
The Stechkin automatic pistol or APS (Avtomaticheskiy Pistolet Stechkina) is a Russian selective fire machine pistol. It bears the name of its developer, Igor Stechkin.
The Stechkin was introduced into the Soviet military arsenal, replacing the aging Tokarev pistol (TT-33).
In contrast to the Makarov, the Stechkin has an automatic fire mode, which is selected using the safety lever. In burst or automatic fire, the pistol should be fitted with the wooden or metal shoulder stock; otherwise, the weapon becomes difficult to control.
The detachable stock is similar in appearance and design to that of the Mauser C96, and likewise, the pistol can be stored inside when not in use. The extra weight of the stock helps to control the recoil.
The left hand side of the slide is stamped with the serial number ‘AR 1998’, the Makarov trade mark and the year ‘1955’.
The serial number is also stamped on the frame beneath the hammer.
On the right side of the frame, also beneath the hammer, can be seen a series of Russian proof marks.
The magazine is manually etched with the pistol’s serial number, replacing an old serial number that was stamped beneath.
The old serial number was ‘CB 248-1’.
The plastic holster/stock is manually etched with serial ‘CB 912’. It comes with its leather carrying strap.
The deactivation certificate of the pistol is dated 5 Aug 2013.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length is 5.5 inches (14 cm) and the overall length of the pistol is 8.86 inches (22.5 cm).
The stock length is 13 inches (33 cm).
The pistol and holster weigh 1.66 kg.
~ Condition ~
Except for some minor scratches (as is normal for the age), the pistol and its holster are in very good used condition.
The leather carrying strap is also good with almost no wear.
The pistol cocks and dry fires.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £16 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.