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B&T VP9 Silenced Pistol: A Modern Welrod


Hi guys, thanks for tuning in to another video on ForgottenWeapons.com. I’m Ian McCollum. I’m here today at the Royal Armouries, the National Firearms Centre in Leeds, England, courtesy of ARES: Armament Research Services. Today, I had the chance to take a look at one of the new production Brügger & Thomet VP9 pistols… …which is… …sort of a copy of the Welrod 9mm. I figured this would be a pretty cool opportunity to take a look at the two side-by-side, and let’s see how close to a copy it really is. So B&T sells these as a cool set in its own, very nice little leather case. We open that up and a whole smorgasbord of VP9 bits. So we have the gun itself here… …of course… …then you have a spare suppressor, various cleaning tools, second spare magazines – these are in 9×19 – uh, cleaning brushes. This is the tool for disassembling the suppressor. We’ll take a look at that in a moment. We have a whole couple sets of extra rubber baffles. This is for attaching a light or other accessory to the weapon. So this ring mount goes around the suppressor, tightens down, and then you have a little bit of picatinny rail for attaching… whatever veterinary sort of tools you might need. Now let’s take a look at the VP9 compared to the Welrod Mk. 1. So this, a little bit counter-Intuitively, the Mark one was actually the later production Welrod after the Mk. 2. It is in 9×19 parabellum, where the majority of the Welrods were in .32. But Brügger & Thomet has decided to use 9×19, so we’ll compare these two. What really struck me when I started looking at these is that the Brügger & Thomet gun is a really, REALLY, close copy of the Welrod. For example, the trigger mechanism. If we look up close at the original Welrod, you can see that there’s a grip safety here that blocks this trigger bar, and the trigger really just is this long bar held in place by these two… screwed-in-place side plates, and… …it pushes back… …until it trips the seer (gun is currently not cocked, so it’s not dry-firing), but that’s all that the trigger does. And, if we look at the new Brügger & Thomet version, it’s the exact same thing, even down to the same little side plates. Grip safety, and that trigger. It’s just a long bar with a spring-loaded return right there in the middle, just like the original Welrod. Now, on the original Welrod, the magazine comprised the grip. I believe these were made from Colt .38 Super magazines with this big hard rubber… …coating added to the bottom to make it a little bit more… grippy, and prevent gunk from getting in the bottom of magazine. But, then, there’s just a modicum of a magazine well here, and, on the 9mm guns, there’s a magazine catch right at the front of the trigger guard. On the original .32s, the magazine catch was attached to the magazine, on the back, right here. Brügger & Thomet has changed the style of magazine catch, and they’ve made it a much more modern type, but – we have this, this button here is the magazine release – …but they’ve pretty much done the same thing. They have a standard 9mm single-stack pistol magazine inside a contoured plastic grip. Now, they did make this plastic grip much more… …ham-shaped than the original… …and that’s, that’s an improvement. You get a good, easy two fingers on this and your pinky underneath the magazine. The original Welrods tend to have a very narrow grip, especially for the bulk of the rest of the gun and they’re kind of awkward to handle. The grip safety remains the same on the Brügger & Thomet as it was on… …the original Welrod. If we take a look at the actions, these are both rotating-bolt, manually-operated pistols, and on both of them, you rotate the bolt 90 degrees counterclockwise, you can then open it, that ejects the empty case, and you can then close the bolt. There are two locking lugs here at the back… …close the bolt, and when you close it, you’re compressing the firing pin spring, and… …essentially, cocking it. Same goes with the VP9. It has the index mark is much more clearly defined here, where you rotate 90 degrees. Pull the bolt open. Oh, I should say: The one difference here is on the Brügger & Thomet gun, once you’ve fired it, you actually have to have the grip safety depressed in order to open the bolt. That’s the only real difference I can see. We still have our two locking lugs on the back of the bolt… …just like that… …and, to load a cartridge, you just… push the bolt in, rotate back up into alignment… and it’s ready to fire. one of the other interesting elements to the Welrod suppressor was that it actually used solid rubber battles as well as metal baffles – or, I should say, solid rubber wipes – as well as metal baffles, and those wipes would wear out over just the first handful of cartridges, because you would be shoot- literally, shooting brand new holes through those wipes. Now, they did make the gun… substantially quieter, for the first few rounds, and given the Welrod’s purpose… …as, basically, an assassination weapon, that style of suppressor was just fine, it wasn’t something you were expected to put a lot of volume of ammunition through. Well, if we take a look at the Brügger & Thomet suppressor, we have this big hex pattern at the front, and it comes with a hex-shaped tool, which allows me to just unscrew the cap… Lo and behold, what do we find but… rubber wipes. It’s not just rubber wipes… …you have a nice stack there. So this is the front half of the suppressor, and it is going to alternate metal baffles, and… …rubber wipes. The exact layout for these is specified in the manual so that you don’t get it all messed up, like I probably just did. There we go! So this stack is, of course, removable (as you can see), and the rubber baffles are replaceable and that’s what you have a bunch of spares of in the general suppressor case. So we have this attachment accessory for a rail, here, for all of your veterinary accessories: The, uh… …the tactical hoof-pick, the… the infrared {pick} detector, the laser-guided syringe alignment indicator, possibly the, the tactical pill applicator… really, anything that you need to attach to your veterinary pistol. I don’t know that this qualifies so much as a veterinary pistol in the traditional sense, but… perhaps that’s not exactly the target market that Brügger & Thomet had in mind when they designed this. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous case, it’s a very cool pistol, and it absolutely has some real improvements over the original Welrod: Much handier, much more reliable… …or, more reliably handling, I should say, having not actually fired it yet. Anyway, thank you very much for watching I hope you enjoyed getting a chance to compare these two. If you’re interested in these, make sure to check out the ARES blog post that accompanies this video, where you’ll find high resolution pictures of the entire B&T set, as well as the 9mm Welrod, and if you’re interested in small arms research on your own, definitely get in touch with the NFC here with Royal Armouries; their collection is not available to the general public, but it is available by appointment. Thanks for watching. [Captions provided by a part of the YouTube community. Neither official nor entirely accurate, as well as failing to comply to any caption or subtitling standards, as such standards are unknown to the captions provider.]

100 thoughts on “B&T VP9 Silenced Pistol: A Modern Welrod

  1. Русичи, ну вы видели эту пукалку, ей разве что комаров отстреливать, даже птицу не убьет, не говоря о человеке…

  2. The gun is ment to kill animals that are hurt in accidents with cars etc, but to dangerous to approach like deers and wild pigs, also bigger animals like cows or horses that are not easy to approach. The gun is not only for veterinaries but also for the police who has to shoot those injured animals. Its important to have a gun that is silent because often there are people around and the animal has to be put down quickly because in Switzerland the laws are very strickt when it comes to animal welfare.

  3. Start training to be vet tomorrow as want that firearm. Its what James Bond would have its case has all sorts of compartments. How much is it first.

  4. With the best will in the world, a vet does not pay $1500 for a humane killer when the old MP10 revolver in .38 S&W Special he's inherited from the previous vet still goes bang when he pulls the trigger. Neither does he need an accessory rail to take a bead on a supine horse.

  5. We found a welrod when we cleared my great uncles house out when he died, we had to hand it over to the police because we didn’t know what else to do with it and didn’t want to risk selling it as none of us had a firearms certificate

  6. Here's what I don't get – the way they did the pistol grip and the trigger on the original Welrod without a trigger guard was to obfuscate it to not exactly look as a weapon. In this case with the weird but still trigger-lookin trigger and the half pistol grip on the gun, I don't think you can fool anyone that it's something else than a gun. So why did they stick to a tiny magazine well and the rest of the grip on the magazine rather than having a full pistol grip and more traditional magazines? It seems the only reason is: That's what the Welrod had, and that seems kind of weird.

  7. The guy running arms alliance is claiming gsg9 and one other "spy" organization ordered 250 of these with no serial numbers for covert Assainations in crowded marketplaces…just thought you'd like to know despite trying to educate people about firearms.youtube let's idiots, liars and charlatans put bullshit videos with bad information to undo any good you've done. I'd love for gun Jesus to come down and settle the debate.

  8. The reason this is called a "veterinarian`s pistol" is the unofficial name of the welrod is the "Hush Puppy" as they are often used to silence guard dogs, allegedly 😉

  9. Probably thats part of the standard inventory in every Saudi Arabian Embassy. Just in case a race camel breaks a leg, of course.

  10. I think it certainly has an application as a humane way of killing animals, but there was certainly some ulterior motive. I can't imagine even needing a magazine to put down animals, a single-shot would do it just fine. And as you said, the Picatinny rail is of dubious use to a vet for its stated purpose.

    Maybe B&T just really like the Welrod and wanted an excuse to make one. Maybe they are seling them to sneaky-beaky types. Who knows?

  11. Love the serialnumbers on the B&T state where it was initially sold to. " UK 14….." mean United Kingdom 2014…. and the actual serialnumber. I guess it is also somewhat a warranty-hint if the gun comes back damaged or something. That is how my SPR300 is anyway. ☺

  12. I get that it's quieter, but the idea of making it manually operated interested of semi auto baffles me given the manufacturing is just as easy.

  13. Jokes aside, this thing is genuinely meant for putting down animals. When you buy one you get a guide that shows you the location of the brain stem on many many different kinds of animals, dangerous and domestic, that might need to be put down.

  14. You guys should hear just how quite it really is, the pull of the trigger and firing pin is the loudest part of the whole process (sometimes the round hitting the target depending on what kind of surface your shooting) the quietest gun on earth. Maybe the spp silent but thats a customized round not 9×19.

  15. I saw a vid of the vp9 shooting. 132 db. Thats almost average handgun suppressed sound…. im not the type to over estimate my self but i think i can do a better job then that.

  16. The funny thing about living in switzerland is that noone eats fondue. They just give it to tourists to make them happy.

  17. The perfect "tool" for "vets" for when they have to quietly and discreetly "put down" a high-value "animal" in broad daylight or under the cover of the night.

    That aside, I thought they said it wasn't "PC" to call them animals lmao

  18. So so so bloody damn close Ian. I heard it was remanufactured for veterinary surgeons, who may need such a discrete device for putting down seriously injured animals beyond help. However special forces units once mysteriously alerted to its existence became rather drawn toward the weapon. Potentially as a counter insurgency pistol, it's excellent baffling system and it's closed bolt operation made it an ideal quiet killer.

  19. It sounds like a airsoft gun once fired, also he forgot to mention that one of the suppressors is used for training but works just as well and is considered extremely quieter than the other picture if someone sneezed but held it in…….right next to you…… yeah that quiet, ''Hollywood Quiet''

  20. The included suppressors with the B&T VP9 are not both identical. I think one is a wiped suppressor, and the 2nd included suppressor is a traditional baffle suppressor for shooting practice, and it doesn’t wear out. Although, it does not suppress quite as well.

  21. Swiss people i love you, you guys very skilled gunmakers and you living in mountains, from Siberia with big love:]

  22. Absolute assassins training kit. Sights and rail adapter. Probably even quieter than ball pean 🔨.

  23. This guy Ian (the Gun Jesus) is amazing.
    Introducing unknown weapons (unknown to me; till now) and he disassembles them on site.

    This is the best gun channel on YouTube I've ever seen.

    Next in episode: Our Ian is disassembling and analysing the B61 nuclear gravity bomb and does some detonation at the end of the video.

  24. looks similar to the point that i'd be curious to see how many of the part are interchangeable and if it's possible to make a franken-welrod

  25. "VERTINARY" accesories 😀 … lol .. i can hear the irony loud and clear.. guess that's the one thing the VP9 wasn't able to suppress 😀

  26. A very impressive and obviously purpose designed and built tool for the modern veterinarian who wants to have on hand the adequate tool for any situation that might arise…🤔…😮….

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