Baikal MP-442 is a small pistol manufactured by Baikal which is a successor of the legendary Makarov PM pistol which has remained the official side arm of Russian and Warsaw Pact countries. The Baikal MP-442 is small in size, light weight, accurate and reliable handgun. It is my preferred choice for concealed carry, because of a number of advantages over other weapons.
The Baikal MP-442 (Makarov) has following specs:
Caliber: 9 x 18
Dimensions: 165x127x34 mm, 6.5” x 5” x 1.3”
Weight: 780 grams (Unloaded)
Magazine Capacity: 12 rounds
Sights: Front (fixed) and Rear (Adjustable)
Barrel Length: 93.5 mm, 3.6 inches
Single Action (SA)/ Double Action (DA)
So you see it is a small weapon with good capacity. Also as it is based on the Makarov PM design so it is reliable and accurate as well. The slide as well as frame is made up of steel so it is quite robust. The firing pin is free floating and hence does not have firing pin spring or block. The grip is made of plastic and is quite thick as compared to the original Makarov PM pistol. But that is because the MP-442 has a double stack magazine with 12 shot capacity as against the original Makarov PM which has a 7 shot capacity. The over all bluing and finish is satisfactory since it is an adequately priced weapon.
It is very easy to dis-assemble the MP-442
The MP-442 has safety which does three things, it blocks the firing pin, it blocks the hammer as well as de-cocks the gun. Also the magazine release is near the thumb so it is quite convenient, unlike the original Makarov PM which had its mag release at the magazine base.
It also has loaded chamber indicator.
A view of the sights which I think is ok for a CCW.
The magazine is a unique design. It is single stack at the top (5 rounds) and double stack for the bottom (7 rounds). So it employs two springs.
It is a pretty accurate weapon. I shot this target from 15 M, standing, both hands, deliberate fire.
I think Baikal MP-442 is a very good choice for a Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW). It is inexpensive, reliable, robust and accurate. It has all the the qualities one needs in a good weapon. It can be easily carried in an IWB, waist band or shoulder holster. In Pakistan it is available from Rs 35,000 to 40,000.