The PYa pistol was adopted by the Russian Armed Forces as a sidearm for officers, replacing the Makarov pistol.
Its design allows using the full range of 9x19 mm combat, sporting and other rounds, including the 7N21 high-power armor-piercing cartridge being the primary choice for the PYa.
The advantage of the Yarigin pistol is its reliable automatic action.
The double action trigger with an open hammer, automatic slide stop and ambidextrous safety switch make for safe and comfortable handling of the gun.
Open iron sights with high-visibility inserts allow the gun to be used in low light conditions.