So back in the early 2000s, TsNIITochMash in Klimovsk near Moscow– the same storied R&D bureau that has crafted dozens of specialist weapons since WWII such as the VSS Vintorez subsonic sniper carbine, the APS underwater rifle, and the PSS suppressed pistol —came up with the SR-1 Vektor, or SPS pistol.
The SPS, chambered in 9x21mm Gyurza (a very spicy SMG round that runs like 1,300fps in a 110-grain AP loading) uses an 18 round mag and has been in service with security and police tactical units since about 2004.
Fast forward 15 years and TsNIITochMash’s new Udav (Russian= boa constrictor) is a ramped up development of it which is more of a full-sized offering that includes features that are common for “combat handguns” in the West (front slide serrations, accessory rail, threaded barrel) while still keeping that really curious Gyurza chambering and an 18+1 capacity.
It just won a trial to replace the old-school Makarov PM in the Russian military, and Rostec (who exports all of the country’s weapons from submarines to MiGs and AKs) plans on selling it far and wide.
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The Russian Ministry of Defense last week released footage from testing of their next-gen long range rifle, right out of the freezer.
The T-5000 “Tochnost” (Russian for roughly “accuracy” or “precision”) has been testing recently at the Klimovsk’s Central Scientific Research Institute for Precision Machine Engineering, (the Russians really like long names) near Moscow. In the above video– don’t freak out, it is in Russian– the rifle is shown first in some sedate testing by a chill guy we’ll just call Dimitri in the prone position. He even has a shooting mat.
This all changes.
Then they toss it in the freezer at -50 C (-122 F) and leave it there to die like it’s James Bond or something. Dimitri then comes back and pulls the rifle out (we know what you are thinking: how much time passed, right?) and hit the range again, sans optics, which may not be able to take the chill.
It seems legit, as the gun ices up when it hits the air and good old Dimitri looks pretty hesitant to wrap his body around the chilly long-range rifle, but who knows. Cut to scene of Dimitri shooting the rifle in a rain booth. Poor guy, apparently all the hacking jobs were taken.
The .338 Lapua Magnum rifle is based on the Orsis T-5000, which was introduced in 7.62x51mm and .300 Win back in 2011 by TsNIITochMash for international sales. The larger Tochnost is to be used by Russian special forces “as well as for anti-terrorist and security activities,” as noted by Alexei Schyokin with the agency.
But how does it compare to the classic 7.62x54R Dragunov SVD?
Whereas the old school Dragunov, which was more of a designated marksman’s rifle anyway, could sometimes tap in at 2 MOA at 100m, the Tochnost is billed at being accurate to 0.3-0.5 MOA. The Tochnost takes a number of cues from standard Western precision rifles, for instance, it is bolt-action, has a heavy barrel on an aluminum bedding block, is CNC machined to a tolerance of less than 0.0025mm, and its chassis resembles everything from Ruger’s latest offering to the Austrian Ritter and Stark SLX-1 to the Israeli DAN .338.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Tochnost is expected to be fielded by 2020 as a dedicated sniper tool, with the current SV-98 rifles and updated SVDM/SVDS still used as DMRs– the Dragunov’s old role.
Of course, the whole thing could be vaporware as the Russians have come out with a half-dozen or more foggy sniper rifles in past years including the weird ass OTs-03 SVU bullpup 7.62x54R, the Degtyarev KSVK anti-material rifle, OSV-96, VKS (in very curious 12.7x55mm silenced), VSK-94 and VSS Vintorez (both in 9x39mm SP5/6), Lobaev SVL, SV99 (in .22LR) and Kalashnikov SVK.
And of course, there seems no shortage of SVDs popping up in the hands of local pro-Russian militias fighting for greater Putinland in places formerly Soviet.