VKS sniper rifle

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VKS
VKS Engineering technologies international forum - 2012.jpg
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin  Russian Federation
Service history
Used by FSB
Production history
Designer CKIB SOO
(Central Design Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Weapons)
Designed 2002
Specifications
Weight 7 kg (total weight)
Length 1120 mm (overall length with suppressor)
Barrel length 450 mm

Cartridge 12.7x55 mm
Action bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 320-305 m/s
Effective firing range 600 m
Feed system 5-round detachable box magazine
Sights folding iron sights or telescopic sight

VKS (ВКС) is a Russian bullpup, straight-pull bolt-action, magazine-fed sniper rifle chambered for the 12.7×55 mm subsonic round. The weapon is also known by the name VSSK and the additional name Vykhlop (or, incorrectly, Vychlop), which comes from the development program. It was developed in around 2002 for the special force units of FSB.

The 12.7×55mm VKS silenced sniper rifle is intended for special operations that require silent firing and penetration much superior to that provided by 9×39mm VSS silenced sniper rifle. Typical targets for the VKS are combatants in heavy body armor or behind cover. The weapon uses an integral suppressor.

The special round has an overall length of 97 mm. The accuracy is claimed as 1 Minute of arc at a 100 meter range with precision bullets.

Cartridge variants :

  • SC-130 (СЦ-130) - standard
  • SC-130U (СЦ-130У) - for training
  • SC-130PT (СЦ-130ПТ) - increased accuracy (59 gram bullet)
  • SC-130PT2 (СЦ-130ПТ2) - increased accuracy (solid bronze bullet)
  • SC-130VPS (СЦ-130ВПС) - increased penetration (76 gram bullet). Armour penetration : 16 mm of steel at 200 meters, or a heavy body armor at 100 meters.
    left to right : SC-130PT, SC-130PT2, SC-130VPS

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  • VKS
  • Pic 1 Pic 2
    (Photos of what appears to be a different variant of the VKS, or one of the similar competitive weapons of the same or similar development program. One of the differences is the muzzle suppressor, which can be removed and the weapon fired without it.)