The Bizon SMG is low-damage, but offers a uniquely designed high-capacity drum magazine that reloads quickly.Inventory description ()
The PP-19 Bizon ("Bison") is a 9mm submachine gun developed in the early 1990s at Izhmash by a team of engineers headed by Victor Kalashnikov (son of famed AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov). Alexi Dragunov, youngest son of Evgeny Dragunov (responsible for the SVD sniper rifle), was also a member of the design team. The Bizon was developed at the request of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) and is primarily intended for counter-terrorist and law enforcement units that require fast and accurate fire at close ranges. Prototypes were trialed by the Special Equipment Research Institute in 1995 where they outperformed several competitors, and the weapon was accepted into service on December 28, 1996. The Bizon is issued to armed response units of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and Ministry of Justice. It was used in combat operations against separatists in the volatile North Caucasus region, namely Chechnya and Dagestan.
The Bizon is a lightweight selective fire weapon that fires from a closed bolt, a feature that enhances the gun's accuracy. It is based on the AKS-74 and features a 60% parts commonality with the assault rifle. Chambered for the standard Russian 9x18mm Makarov pistol cartridge, the gun will also fire a new high-impulse armor-piercing 57-N-181SM round. The Bizon uses a simple straight blowback method of operation, an unlocked breech system reduces cost and build complexity. The Bizon's operating cycle is characterized by a very short recoil stroke, standard 9x18mm ammunition will only drive the bolt partially to the rear of the receiver and produces a cyclic rate of 700 rounds/min. High-impulse ammunition forces the bolt to travel all the way to the end of the receiver, barely striking the receiver wall. A rate of fire of 650–680 rounds/min is the result. This has the effect of reducing perceived recoil and increasing control and hit probability.
The Bizon has a high rate of fire, low damage, manageable recoil, and large clip size. Aim at the head when possible and stay moving at all times. Low armor penetration make the Bizon almost useless against enemies with armor. Therefore, it is best used as an anti-eco or early-round buy weapon. The increased kill reward (600) and the low price (1400) make this weapon almost always economically sound. This weapon has a history of being favored by high level European players who make the most out of its recoil and clip size. The Bizon is also very useful in one entrance areas like ramp on Nuke or the main entrance to B site on Dust. One can spray and pull down at a rushing team, and, if not killing them, will damage all of them severely. Even if you are killed doing so, it will allow you team to take them out easily afterwards.