You have to hand it to the Russians, or should I say the Soviets? It's hard to tell which
tag we should hang on that country these days after recent events in Georgia.
Where's Ronald Reagan when you really need him?
What we do know is this: Russia has been busy creating a lot more weapons.
Or resurrecting old ones. And they aren't all for commercial export.
Some are for domestic consumption.....like twisting their neighbor's arms.
Here is yet another submachinegun (SMG) with an impressive rate of fire—900 rounds
per minute, plus—at more than 1,000 feet per second muzzle velocity.
The OTs-02 Kiparis (Cypress) was designed at the Tula Central Sporting and (euphemistically)
Hunting Arms Design Bureau more than 30 years ago. Requisitioned by the Russian Army at the
height of the Cold War, it was promptly shelved.
The Kiparis (like the Soviet bear) has re-emerged from hibernation as a possible solution
for the needs (can you say, internal security) of Russian law enforcement and the Internal
Affairs Ministry (MVD). Seems the special police—the elite commando Special Rapid
Reaction Unit (OMON) and the Special Purpose Police (SOBR) had need of a rapid-fire SMG.
OMONs motto: "We know no mercy and do not ask for any."
The Kiparis resurfaced in 1991. It is a conventional blowback-operated SMG that fires
from the closed bolt. This baby weighs less than 3.5 pounds, empty. It's compact at 12.48
inches long with the metal stock folded and 23 inches and change with it extended.
The Kiparis is chambered for 9x18mm Makarov pistol ammunition, but as is the case with
so many of the Russian SMGs, it accommodates other ammo to include the more powerful, Hi-Impulse Russian stuff.
The selector switch (safe, single shot and full auto) is located on the left side.
The grip is plastic and the receiver is stamped steel.
The magazine well is just before the trigger guard and accommodates 20- or 30-round box
magazines. The steel butt stock folds up and over the receiver and the Kiparis can be fitted
with a silencer and laser-aiming device. Its effective range is about 328 feet.
This one's a keeper, Comrade Boris.