AS Val

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AS Val
AS Val (541-03).jpg
The AS VAL (Special Automatic Rifle)
Type Assault Rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1987-Present
Used by Russian Federation
Wars First Chechen War and Second Chechen War, 2008 South Ossetia war, War in Donbass, Insurgency in the North Caucasus (used by Russian special forces)
Production history
Designer

TsNIITochMash

Pyotr Serdyukov
Designed 1987
Manufacturer Tula Arms Plant
Unit cost Unknown
Produced 1987
Number built Unknown, estimated to be relatively low due to its production costs.
Variants VSS "Vintorez", SR-3 "Vikhr"
Specifications
Weight 2.5 kg (5.51 lb) empty
Length 875 mm (34.4 in) stock extended / 615 mm (24.2 in) stock folded
Barrel length 200 mm (7.9 in)

Cartridge 9x39mm SP5 and SP6 also PAB-9
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 295 m/s (968 ft/s)
Effective firing range 300 m
Maximum firing range 400 m
Feed system 20-round detachable box magazine
(optional 10-round magazine from the VSS or 30-round magazine from the SR-3M)
Sights Front post, rear sector sight; day or night-time optics

The AS "Val" (Avtomat Special'nyj Val, Russian: Автомат Специальный Вал or Special Automatic Rifle, code name: "Shaft", GRAU designation 6P30) is a Soviet-designed assault rifle featuring an integrated suppressor. Development of a special rifle (AS) "Shaft" began in the first half of the 1980s in the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH), in the city of Klimovsk, Moscow region. The lead designer of the rifle is Pyotr Serdyukov.

It was developed in 1987 by TsNIITochMash (Central Institute for Precision Machine Building). Since 1987, it was added to the arsenal of the Soviet Army and the KGB and is used by Russian Spetsnaz special forces and the MVD, FSB, OMON, SOBR, GRU, and select units of the Russian Army.

Its effective range is approximately 300 m, as it uses heavy subsonic 9x39mm SP-6 (high-performance armor-piercing) ammunition, as well as the SP-5 ball round used by the VSS Vintorez suppressed sniper rifle. It can also use the same 10 or 20-round magazines as the VSS. Controls are similar to all AK-type rifles with charging handle on the right side, tangent rear sight, magazine release button behind the magazine well, and safety lever above the trigger guard. The fire selector is, however, located within the trigger guard, behind the trigger. The "Val" has two modes of fire, semi-automatic and fully automatic fire at a rate of 900 RPM. According to its users, the "Val" is reliable, accurate, and well liked.

Another variant of the AS Val is SR-3 Vihkr a compact assault rifle, based on the AS Val. It lacks suppressor and has a new stock. It is intended for concealed carrying. In many respects it is similar to submachine guns. Commonly used by FSB

The AS Val is used by various reconnaissance and special elements of the Russian armed forces. It has also been adopted by various law enforcement and internal security units. In various recent internal conflicts the Val proved to be very suitable for urban combat.

It has an AK-type side mount for various optical sights, including the 4x PSO-1 scope and night sights such as the 1PN51[1] calibrated for use with the 9x39mm round. The standard open sights are graduated up to 400 m in 25 m increments.

The "Val" shares 70% of its components with its sister-gun, the VSS Vintorez. Differences are furniture made of high impact polymer and a skeletonized steel stock which folds to the left for storage and transportation (gun can operate with stock folded).

Since the SP-5/6 bullet weighs about twice as much as that of the 9×19mm Parabellum, its muzzle energy is about twice a high as that of a subsonic 9×19mm Parabellum bullet fired from e.g. a HK MP5SD.

Due to the rifle being both expensive and in limited quantity, it is very rarely deployed according to some Russian Spetsnaz operators. It is deployed in special operations that are either sabotage or reconnaissance units behind enemy lines and is a favorite of Spetsnaz operators.

The weapon was designed to engage targets protected by Ballistic body armor, as well as soft-skinned vehicles at distances up to 400 meters.

Ammunition for the rifle provides 100% penetration of body armor at ranges of up to 400 meters, while maintaining adequate slaughtering action after breaking through barriers.

Low level sound of shot provided silencers and optimum ballistic characteristics of ammunition.

The reliability of the rifle is equivalent to an AKM, including functioning in difficult conditions such as dust, dirt, sand, rain, at a temperature range from -50 °C to +50 °C.

Users[edit]

A comparison photo shows the 'AS Val' on the bottom while its sister the 'VSS Vintorez' is shown on the top.
AS Val Instruction sheet with field strip

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ИЗДЕЛИЕ 1ПН51 ТЕХНИЧЕСКОЕ ОПИСАНИЕ И ИНСТРУКЦИЯ ПО ЭКСПЛУАТАЦИИ [PRODUCT 1PN51 TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION AND OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS] (in Russian). January 1992. p. 11. 
  2. ^ "Russian special forces in Luhansk: so called insurgents armed with AS "Val" assault rifles - the weapon used by the Russian Federation Army only. VIDEO". Censor.net. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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