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SP81 Flare Pistol

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Russian SP81 Flare Pistol - 26.5mm

The SP-81 ("Signal pistol model 1981") is a Soviet/Russian flare gun, developed in 1980 and adopted in 1981, produced by Kovrov plant/ZiD. Created as a replacement for the SPSh-44, it actually represents its more compact version. It can be equipped by holster with a cartridge belt for ten charges.

Like its predecessor, the SP-81 also exists in the AL-1 line-thrower configuration.

It is also worth noting that the SP-81 was one of the few flare guns that had a combat version. In 1994, by special permission of the MAI, for truckers transporting especially valuable cargo, a version with an elongated heavy barrel, adapted for KS-23 charges, was released. The regular cartridge was the "Volna-R". The order was for 10,000, it is not known how much was actually produced.


(1981 - Present)

  • Type: Flare Gun
  • Caliber: 26.5mm, 23.5mm (combat version)
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs (0.6 kg)
  • Length: 6.9 in (17.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 4.3 in (11 cm), 9.8 in (25 cm) (combat version)
  • Feed System: 1 round (break-action)
  • Fire Modes: Single Shot

The SP81 Flare Pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Darkest Hour Olivia Thirlby Natalie 2011
A Quiet Outpost (Tikhaya zastava) Russian border guards 2011
The Age of Pioneers (Vremya Pervykh) Yevgeny Mironov (see talk page) Alexei Leonov Combat version 2017

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