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Kalashnikov shows three new sniper rifles

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The Kalashnikov Group debuted three new sniper rifle developments for the Russian Armed Forces at the Army 2016 defence show held outside Moscow.

The company unveiled its SV-98M at the show, a drastic updated to the SV-98 bolt-action precision sniper rifle developed in the early 2000s from the Record CISM sporting rifle.

The rifle has received a lightweight skeleton stock made of aluminium alloys, a Picatinny rail for optical scopes on the top of its upper receiver, a folding stock, and an integrated bipod. It is chambered for the 7N1 or 7N14 7.62x54R mm sniper cartridges. The SV-98M has a combat weight of 7.8 kg, a length of 1,200 mm (including a barrel of 650 mm), an effective firing range of 1,000 m, and a cartridge capacity of 10 rounds. It can be equipped with a suppressor instead of the organic muzzle brake. The firearm is fitted with a 1P69 Hyperon 10x optical scope. The SV-98M is primarily intended for the snipers of The Russian Ground Forces. According to a source in the local defence industry, the military has ordered a small batch of SV-98M sniper rifles for operational test and evaluation.

p1682329Kalashnikov also unveiled its VSV-338 bolt-action sniper rifle at the show. Unusually for a Russian firearm, the rifle is chambered in the .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70 mm) round. The rifle resembles SV-98M to a significant extent. VSV-338 has a combat weight of 7.2 kg, a length of 1,100 mm, a muzzle velocity of 860 m/s, an effective firing range of 1,500 m, and a magazine capacity of 5 rounds. VSV-338 features free-floating barrel, an adjustable trigger unit, a Picatinny rail on the top of the upper receiver, a stock made of composite materials, an ergonomic pistol grip with a heavy palm shelf, and a folding stock with folding third leg.

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