Developers Tease New Pistol For Escape From Tarkov

Earlier today, the developers of Escape From Tarkov shared a 3d render of a new pistol on their Instagram page. The image showcases the pistol with a suppressor and without one. The exact pistol shown is the Lebedev PL-15 pistol made by Kalashnikov Concern. Learn about the Lebedeve Pistol and our thoughts on the gun below.

Lebedev PL-15 Pistol

Lebedev PL-15 Pistol (Kalashnikov Media)

The Lebedev PL-15 pistol is a Russian manufactured side arm made by the legendary Kalashnikov Concern company that produces about 95% of small arms in Russia today. The pistol is chambered in 9×19 mm Parabellum and holds 16 rounds standard. It has a Picatinny rail to mount accessories like laser and light devices and the option for an extended threaded barrel to mount suppressors as seen in the 3d render. It also features removable front and rear sight posts that are completely interchangeable with Glock sights. It will be interesting to see if the devs bring that to the game as there are many different sights for Glocks in the game today. Examples include the Dead Ringer Snake Eyes sights and the Truglo TFX Glock sights.

The Lebedev Pistol was first introduced at the Army-2016 International Military-Technical Forum held near Moscow, Russia. The goal of the pistol is to replace the military usage of the PM Makarov and its successor, the MP-443 Grach. It is currently undergoing testing and evaluation with the Russian military; however, production has started for the pistol and global production will begin this year. A compact variant of the PL-15 also exists designated the PL-15K. It is about 20 mm shorter and hold 14 rounds of 9×19.

What Impact Will The PL-15 Have On The Game?

Having the PL-15 pistol in Escape From Tarkov will help with the immersion as it is a Russian sidearm; however, it likely will not have a role in the meta. Because it is chambered in 9×19 mm Parabellum it will be capped at the performance of the round. Other pistols offer better performance like the FN Five-Seven that shoots the superior 5.7×28 round that can 2 tap most armors. Perhaps when the PL-15 is released, Battlestate Games will also add a new 9×19 bullet to the game. But, we do not have our hopes up as the 9×19 already has a high flesh damage round (9×19 mm RIP) and a high armor penetration round (9×19 mm AP 6.3) in the game. They would need to get very creative with something else meaningful.

When Will It Be Added To Escape From Tarkov?

We think it will be some time before this pistol gets added to Escape From Tarkov. Perhaps around the time of the next wipe, if not later. New content to Escape From Tarkov normally follow a timeline that starts with a 3d render image of the item. From there an in game 3d model or animation is teased. Then, it will be showcased during a dev blog or similar format before finally being released into the game. The 3d render shared today of the PL-15 would be the start and simply shows the developers intent to bring the pistol to the game.

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