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Type Machine pistol
Place of origin  Russia
Service history
In service Russian Federation Interior Ministry(MVD)
Used by Russia
Production history
Designer I. Stechkin, A.V. Baltser, and A.V. Zinchenko
Designed 1993[1]
Manufacturer KBP Instrument Design Bureau
Weight 960 g
Length 195 mm
Barrel length 125 mm
Width 32 mm
Height 135 mm

Cartridge 5.45x18mm MPT
Action Blowback
Rate of fire 1,800 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 320 m/s
Effective range 50 m
Feed system 24 round detachable, double-column, box magazine
Sights Fixed

The OTs-23 Drotik (ОЦ-23 Дротик, Russian for "dart") is a blow-back operated machine pistol developed and used in Russia. The gun is also known as SBZ (Russian: СБЗ) from the initials of its designers — I. Stechkin, A.V. Baltser (А.В. Бальцер), and A.V. Zinchenko (А.В. Зинченко)[2][3][4]

The weapon has a three-position select fire switch; safe, semi-automatic, and three-round burst. The pistol features an external indicator that allows the operator to quickly see how many cartridges remain in the magazine.[5]

It is designed as a special operations and personal defence weapon (PDW). It has compensator openings cut into the end of the barrel to vent gases and make the weapon more stable during automatic burst fire.

Very few of these guns were manufactured; it was however the basis of the development of the OTs-33.[6] The 5.45x18mm MPT cartridge, although successful in the PSM pistol, was considerably underpowered for a gun of this size and intended for PDW role.[7]


  1. Александр Борцов. Крутой "Пернач" // журнал "Мастер-ружьё", № 21, 1997. стр.58-65
  2. А. Б. Жук. Энциклопедия стрелкового оружия: револьверы, пистолеты, винтовки, пистолеты-пулеметы, автоматы. М., АСТ — Воениздат, 2002. стр.438, 440
  3. Charles Q. Cutshaw (2011). Tactical Small Arms of the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Small Arms From Around the World. Gun Digest Books. p. 100. ISBN 978-1-4402-2709-7. 
  5. Jones, Richard (2009). Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009-2010. Jane's Information Group. p. 69. ISBN 0-7106-2869-2. 
  7. Maxim Popenker (2008), Special purpose small arms ammunition of USSR and Russia; updated version of an article first appeared in the March 2005 issue of The Cartridge Researcher, the Journal of ECRA (the European Cartridge Research Association)

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