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Ukrainian FORT-20 Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol

Ukrainian FORT-20 Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol

From June 15 to 18, the Arms and Security 2021 exhibition was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. During the event, many Ukrainian small weapons manufacturers unveiled new goods, the majority of which we have already covered. During this exhibition, the Ukrainian FORT firm (Science Industrial Association (SIA) “FORT” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine) unveiled two new firearms: the FORT-230 submachine gun, which we previously discussed, and the FORT-20 pistol, which we will discuss in this article. Ukrainian FORT-20 Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol

Arms & Security 2021 Coverage @ TFB:

Ukrainian FORT-230 9mm Submachine Gun (2)
FORT-230 SMG and FORT-20 pistol, the two new guns of SIA “FORT” released at the Arms and Security 2021 exhibition.

The FORT-20 is a 9x19mm striker-fired semi-auto pistol with a polymer chassis and twin stack magazines. It’s a short-barreled, recoil-operated pistol with a barrel lockup that tilts. The FORT-20 uses an old-school Browning lockup with semi-circular lugs in front of the chamber region of the barrel locking into corresponding recesses inside the slide, unlike most similar modern pistols whose barrels lock into the ejection ports of the slides. The pistol also has interchangeable backstraps and a loaded chamber indicator. Ukrainian FORT-20 Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol

The location of the safety lever and the disassembly mechanism are notable design characteristics. The ambidextrous safety lever is situated above the trigger guard, where most modern handguns have a takedown lever. That should be a difficult safety to operate, but perhaps it’s only a matter of getting accustomed to it. There is also a version without the manual safety levers that has a trigger safety. The disassembly begins with the rear slide plate being pushed up, which releases the slide assembly from the frame, allowing it to be removed by sliding forward. Ukrainian FORT-20 Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol

Ukrainian FORT-20 Striker-Fired Semi-Auto Pistol (4)
FORT-20 pistols with manual safety (top) and trigger safety (bottom).
To see the FORT-20 pistol in action, watch the below-embedded video.

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