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The PP-19 Bizon is a 9 mm submachine gun that has made appearances in both ArmA: Cold War Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

« The Bizon is a compact submachine gun used by Soviet forces. Designed to be comfortable to fire and carry, Bizon submachine guns are built on shortened AKS-74 receivers, made from stamped steel. It features a simple blowback action, hammer fired from closed bolt, and is fed from helical magazines made mostly of plastic and mounted underneath the barrel.
Weapon Description
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PP-19 Bizon 9 mm
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Faction Soviet Union
Type Submachine Gun
Caliber 9×18 mm
Magazine
capacity
64
Variants None
Games
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The PP-19 Bizon is a 9 mm submachine gun exclusively used by Soviet Spetsnaz operatives in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

The PP-19 Bizon is a selective-fire submachine gun that operates from a closed bolt design. It is chambered to fire the 9×18 mm cartridge.

It loads from 64 round helical magazines and can achieve a maximum fire rate of up to 857 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 400 m/s. The Bizon is fitted with an externally attached suppressor by default.

Exclusively wielded by the Soviet Spetsnaz, the Bizon is essentially the Soviet counterpart to the American MP5SD3 submachine gun. Like the MP5, the Bizon is fitted with a sound suppressor which makes it ideal for use in missions that require a silent firearm.

Compared to the MP5, the Bizon is almost identical handling-wise and similar in terms of recoil. The main difference is its larger magazine size of 64 rounds versus the MP5's 30, which makes it deadlier in close quarters.

Performance-wise however, the Bizon is completely outmatched by the MP5SD3 and has a greatly reduced effective range of just 100 metres. It also has lower accuracy due to its lower muzzle velocity since it doesn't use an integral suppressor like the MP5SD3.

Its biggest downside however, is the extremely low damage output of its 9 mm round. Unlike the MP5SD3, the Bizon has notoriously poor stopping power, with it being entirely possible to land up to 10 direct hits on an enemy soldier and still be unable to take them down.

Overall, this makes the Bizon a completely inferior SMG to the MP5SD3. Its only saving grace is that it loads from a 64-round magazine, but even this upside is offset by its low damage requiring additional shots to be fired at a target regardless, which defeats the purpose of its large magazine.

Trivia Edit

  • The in-game Bizon is based specifically on the "Bizon-2" variant of the real-world "PP-19 Bizon" SMG.
    • Similar to the G36E assault rifle, the PP-19 Bizon's appearance in Cold War Assault is highly anachronistic as the real-life Bizon would not undergo development until 1993, nor would it enter service until 1996.
  • The PP-19 Bizon was not initially available in Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (the original name for Cold War Assault) and was only added with the release of Patch 1.30.

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ArmA 2 Edit

« The Bizon is a unique submachine gun with its distinctive 64 round helical magazine. It is based heavily on the AKS74U and functions much the same way but the use of the smaller 9x18mm round trades penetration and range for magazine capacity and control.
Armoury Description
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PP-19 Bizon 9 mm
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Faction Russian Armed Forces
Type Submachine Gun
Caliber 9×18 mm
Magazine
capacity
64
Variants PP-19 Bizon SD
Games
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The PP-19 Bizon is a 9 mm submachine gun exclusively used by the Russian Spetsnaz in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

Like its Cold War-era predecessor, the PP-19 Bizon is a straight-blowback, selective-fire submachine gun that is also chambered to fire the 9×18 mm cartridge.

It loads from 64 round helical magazines and can achieve a maximum fire rate of up to 857 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 400 m/s. The Bizon does not support any optical sights or miscellaneous accessories, but does come in a separate variant that is fitted with a sound suppressor by default.

Once again exclusively used by the Russian Spetsnaz like its Cold War Assault counterpart, the Bizon is the Russian counterpart to the newer MP5A5 submachine gun used by the USMC, and also feeds from a 64-round magazine. Unlike its older Cold War Assault model however, the ArmA 2 Bizon's damage is comparable to the MP5A5 and also has similar accuracy, which makes it far better compared to its predecessor.

What makes the Bizon truly unique is its recoil system. Unlike with other SMGs, the Bizon's recoil is almost completely unnoticeable even when firing on full auto. This low recoil combined with its large magazine, is what gives the Bizon its firepower advantage over the MP5.

However, the Bizon is redundant in the face of 5.56 mm/5.45 mm carbines like the M4A1 and AKS-74U for obvious reasons such as range and accuracy. This is mostly due to its 9 mm rounds (which are the same as the ones used by the Makarov pistol) lacking sufficient energy to retain its stopping power beyond 100-150 metres.

Nonetheless, in urban and close-quarter environments the Bizon remains as formidable as any carbine; provided that it's used properly.

Variants Edit

PP-19 Bizon SD Edit

PP-19 Bizon SD 9 mm
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Faction Russian Armed Forces
Type Submachine Gun
Caliber 9×18 mm SD
Magazine
capacity
64
Variants PP-19 Bizon
Games
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The PP-19 Bizon SD is simply a suppressed version of the standard PP-19 Bizon SMG.

Like its parent, it is also chambered to fire the same 9×18 mm round but uses special subsonic ammunition that can only be loaded by the PP-19 Bizon SD (the magazines themselves are not interchangeable).

Aside from its lower muzzle velocity of 320 m/s and the sound suppressor making it even more quieter to fire, it is virtually identical to the baseline Bizon in every other way.

Trivia Edit

  • Like its Cold War Assault counterpart, the ArmA 2 Bizon is based on the real-life "Bizon-2" variant (more specifically it appears to be based on the "03" model).

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Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit