SV-98 rifle with a 1P69 3-10x42 telescopic sight and attached carrying handle, bipod, anti-mirage strap and suppressor
|Place of origin||Russia|
|In service||1998 – present|
|Wars||2008 South Ossetia war|
|Weight||5.8 kg (12.8 lb) empty
7.8 kg (17.2 lb) with optical sight and suppressor
|Length||1,200 mm (47.24 in)
1,375 mm (54.13 in) with suppressor
|Barrel length||650 mm (25.59 in) (4 grooves, right-hand twist)|
|Muzzle velocity||820 m/s (2,690 ft/s)|
|Effective range||600 m (656 yd) iron sights
1,000 m (1,094 yd) optical sight
|Feed system||10-round detachable magazine|
|Sights||Telescopic sight and iron sights|
The SV-98 (Snaiperskaya Vintovka Model 1998) is a Russian bolt action sniper rifle designed by Vladimir Stronskiy.
The SV-98 sniper rifle is based on the Record 300 m (328 yd) full bore sport shooting rifle series also made by Izhmash. Izhmash also produces Record target rifles chambered in .308 Winchester, 7.62×54mmR and .338 Lapua Magnum which are similar to the SV-98. According to the manufacturer the SV-98 sniper rifle is designed to engage various targets at a range up to 1,000 m (1,100 yd).
The heart of the SV-98 is a cold-hammer forged receiver and a cold-hammer forged free-floating heavy barrel which can be chrome lined to order. The manually operated bolt action has a rotating bolt with three symmetrically-spaced frontal lugs. The barrel has 4 grooves right-hand rifling and a 320 mm (1 in 12.6 in) twist rate and features a threaded muzzle which can accept the standard provide conical birdcage-pattern muzzle brake or a specially designed 23db suppressor that requires the use of subsonic ammunition.
The SV-98 is equipped with iron sights (shrouded front and an up to 600 m (656 yd) adjustable tangent-type rear sight) and a Picatinny rail on top of the receiver that can be used to mount Russian and foreign made telescopic sights and other aiming optics with an appropriate rail interface system. According to several internet sources a standard telescopic sight used on this rifle is the Russian made PKS-07 7x fixed magnification scope. The manufacturer however states the 1P69 3-10x42 variable magnification telescopic sight with a sighting range of up to 1,000 m (1,094 yd) is used as standard optical sight.
The ambidextrous laminated plywood stock features an adjustable butt plate that can be regulated for length of pull and height and a height adjustable cheek comb. The front of the stock is prepared for an integral folding bipod and the rear of the stock is prepared for mounting an integral rear monopod. The length of both bipod legs is independently adjustable and the rear monopod folds into the stock. A carrying handle can be attached to the stock in order to prevent the operator from grasping the rifle by its aiming optics during quick position changes or on the march.
The trigger mechanism displays an adjustable trigger pull weight of 1.0 to 1.5 kg (2.20 to 3.31 lb). The safety lever is located behind the bolt handle and the safety locks the trigger, immobilizes the sear and prevents the rotary bolt from turning.
The detachable box magazine is made out of plastic and holds 10 rounds. To reduce recoil, jump, flash and sound signature, the SV-98 can be supplied with a tactical suppressor. An anti-mirage strap can be fixed between the front and rear sights.
Internet sources report differing information regarding the attainable accuracy of fire, though the quality of the ammunition used is often mentioned as a very important factor in obtaining good accuracy.
- Russia - The SV-98 is mainly used by Russian law enforcement and some counter-terrorist forces (Federal Security Service, etc.)
- Sniper Central Russian SV-98
- IZHMASH JSC official site: RECORD-CISM, RECORD-308-CISM large-bore standard sporting rifles
- IZHMASH JSC official site: RECORD-1, RECORD-1-308, RECORD-2, RECORD-2-308 large-bore sporting rifles
- IZHMASH JSC official site: Record-338
- Record .338 Wooden Stock, Record 7.62X54R Wooden Stock and Record .308 Wooden Stock
- IZHMASH JSC official site: 7.62 mm sniper rifle SV-98
- Pegler, Martin (2006-10-31). Out of Nowhere: The History of the Military Sniper. Osprey Publishing. p. 318. ISBN 1-84603-140-0.
- Modern Firearms SV-98 sniper rifle (Russia)
- Олег Коломиец. Снайперская элита определяет сильнейших. // журнал «Солдат удачи», № 12, 2001 г.
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