Putin Tests Successor of SVD Dragunov – SVCh Sniper Rifle

Footage captures Russia’s president, who got his hands on a modern sniper rifle from renowned weapons-maker Kalashnikov, picking off targets at a distance of 600 meters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited an exhibition of the Kalashnikov Concern in Patriot Park outside Moscow on Wednesday. And he didn’t just inspect the military hardware – he got up-close and personal with one of them – a modern SVCh sniper rifle.

The SVCh rifle is loosely based on the iconic Russian SVD and another lesser-known weapon by renowned weapons designer Evgeny Dragunov – the ‘Compact Assault rifle’ prototype. Taking the best concepts from both weapons, the SVCh is said to be more accurate and less prone to dislocation of the optics than the SVD, which is the main rifle for the Russian Army’s designated marksmen.

SVCh rifle perfectly fits Indian Army’s needs of a modern sniper rifle. The calibre is as desired in the RFI. Here are the details:

⏩ SVCh sniper rifle
Caliber cartridge – 7.62×51 NATO / .308 Winchester
Action type – Semi-automatic
Trigger type – sa
Overall length – 940mm … 1000 (with 410mm barrel)
Length Folded -730mm (with 410mm barrel)
Barrel length – 410mm, 460mm, 565mm
Weight empty – 4.3Kg
Magazine capacity, rounds 10, 20 1

⏩ SVCh-8.6 sniper rifle
Calibre – 7.62x54R .338 Lapua Magnum (8.6×70)
Action Type – Semi-automatic
Trigger Type – sa
Overall length – 1140mm
Length Folded – 925mm
Barrel Length – 560m

Weight – 6.3Kg

The Chukavin SVCh semi-automatic sniper / designated marksman rifle is a prototype of the new precision weapon system, being developed by “Kalashnikov” Group based on direct input from snipers from several Russian elite Special Forces units. It is intended for precision engagement of individual targets at ranges of up to 1000 meters or even further, depending on the version. With proper ammunition, these rifles are capable of 1 MOA or better accuracy.

The SVCh rifle is being developed for three most common military rifle cartridges, the 7,62×51 NATO, 7,62x54R and .338 Lapua Magnum (also known as 8.62x69mm). Between the two 7.62mm versions, rifle has very high commonality of parts. The .338LM SVCh-8.6 rifle has necessarily larger receiver, magazine housing and bolt group.

SVCh rifle has an inverted U-shaped receiver, made from steel, with solid top that offers a stable platform for optics, with integrated Picatinny rail. Trigger and magazine housing unit is made from lightweight alloy. Rifle features short stroke piston gas operated action and rotary bolt locking. Manual gas regulator ensures smooth and reliable operation under all conditions, with and without sound suppressor. Rifle is fed from detachable box magazines. In 7.62x54R version, it uses magazines compatible with Dragunov SVD sniper rifle; In 7.62×51 NATO and in .338LM it uses proprietary magazines with standard and high capacity.

Rifle features ambidextrous controls. Side folding stock is adjustable for length of pull. Standard accessories include detachable folding bipod and quick-detachable tactical sound suppressor.

( Source : Sputnik News and Modern Firearms)

Video of Vladimir Putin testing the SVCh Sniper Rifle (Video Credits : Ruptly)

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