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During the Army 2019 International Forum held near Moscow, the national weapons trade mediator Rosoboronexport announced a number of contracts with international customers for small arms supply of military and civil application.

“The Russian industry produces full range of close combat weapons which have proved their indispensability in actual combat situations, thereby earning reputation and respect in many countries worldwide,” said Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev. “The new contracts not only demonstrate a strong and steady demand for Russian-made small arms, grenade launchers and related ammunition, but also indicate a global trend of increasing demand for effective equipment to counter crime and terrorism. Rosoboronexport is ready to fully meet this demand.”

Russia has been actively promoting national civil and service weapons on the world market. The range of products includes the ORSIS T-5000 rifles, Saiga-9 and Saiga-12 carbines, MR-18 shotguns, Viking pistols among the many. The State mediator is confident that all these systems as well as the Vepr carbines, civilian versions of the Tigr sniper rifles, can find a large niche at the world’s market.

According to Mikheev, first contracts have already been signed with a number of unspecified nations. It looks like Russia’s counterparts were not named in a view of the existing USA sanctions to prevent unpleasant consequences for the buyers.

After the adoption of amendments to the Russian Law on Weapons in 2017, Rosoboronexport was granted the right to export civil arms to extend its traditional scale of the military-grade, law enforcement and security forces ones which has been delivered to the partner countries over decades. The new situation has simplified a procedure to deliver all range of combat and civil small arms from a single source.

It looks that the U.S. unfair sanctions do not prevent the customers from various nations – including police, special forces and even hunting and shooting clubs – to purchase Russian small arms.

The characteristics of the most popular Russian civil weapons are listed below.

 

Vepr-12 VPO-205-01

Smoothbore Weapons; Combat Semiautomatic Smoothbore Carbines

VPO-205 is currently one of the most effective tactical smoothbore rifles, capable of accomplishing a wide range of missions facing security services. Its modular design allows tailoring the weapons to the specific needs of the customer, while the availability of special brackets ensures the detachable equipment is mounted in a manner that meets the requirements of the user. The weapon is reliable and demonstrates flawless operation when firing all types of 12 Gauge cartridges. The steel frame patterned after the RPK light machine gun provides the weapon’s immunity to deformations, as well as its fault-fee operation in various adverse conditions.

Main characteristics:

Barrel length, mm 570
Caliber 12×76 mm
Sighting range, m, max 100
Full length, mm 1,117
Length, buttstock folded, mm 865
Empty weight, kg 4.4
Magazine capacity, cartridges 8

 

 

Saiga 9

Self-loading carbine

The Saiga-9 self-loading carbine is a derivative of the PP-19-01 Vityaz-SN submachine gun. Its design utilizes the blowback operation principle. The weapon is fitted with a metal skeletal folding stock, plastic fore grip and a pistol grip. It features an open sight. The carbine has a receiver-mounted Picatinny rail to allow for optical and collimator sights to be installed at user’s discretion. A lock has been introduced in the design of the trigger to exclude butt-folded firing.

Main characteristics:

Cartridge 9×19
Effective range, m min 100 m
Overall length, mm 827
Length, butt folded, mm 589
Barrel length, mm 367
Empty weight, kg 3
Magazine capacity, cartridges 10

 

 

Tigr 308

Carbine

The Tigr 308, ver. 02, is patterned after the SVD sniper rifle. It has a plastic skeletal butt with a rotatable cheek pad. The fore grip is made of plastic. The receiver has a side rail for optical sights. The weapon features an open sight. The barrel is fitted with a small-size flame suppressor.

Main characteristics:

Cartridge .308WIN
Effective range, m Max 300
Overall length, mm 1120 or 1175
Barrel length, mm 565 or 620
Empty weight, kg 3.9
Magazine capacity, cartridges 10

 

 

Yury Laskin