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This article is about the sniper rifle. For the German football club, see SV Darmstadt 98.
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SV-98 rifle with a 1P69 3-10×42 telescopic sight and attached carrying handle, bipod, anti-mirage strap and suppressor
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2003 – present
Used by See Users
Wars Guerrilla phase of the Second Chechen War, 2008 South Ossetia war
Production history
Designer Vladimir Stronskiy
Designed 1998
Manufacturer Izhmash
Produced 1998
Variants 2013 upgraded version[1]
Weight 5.8 kg (12.8 lb) w/o optical sight and silencer
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)

Cartridge 7.62×54mmR
7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62mm
Action Bolt action
Muzzle velocity 820 m/s (2,690 ft/s)
Effective firing 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. In 2003 special operations troops were armed with the 7.62 mm 6S11 sniper system comprising the SV-98 sniper rifle (index 6V10) and 7N14 sniper enhanced penetration round. The rifle has been used in combat during operations in Chechnya.[2]

Design details[edit]

The SV-98 sniper rifle is based on the Record 300 m (328 yd) full bore sport shooting rifle series also made by Izhmash.[3][4][5] Izhmash also produces Record target rifles chambered in .308 Winchester, 7.62×54mmR and .338 Lapua Magnum which are similar to the SV-98.[6][7]

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).[8]

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.[9] 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 provided conical birdcage-pattern muzzle brake or a specially designed 23db (A) suppressor that requires the use of subsonic ammunition.[3] The rifle was developed to fire 7.62×54mmR 7N1 standard sniper, 7N14 enhanced penetration sniper or "Extra" match grade sports cartridges.[2]

The SV-98 is equipped with iron sights (shrouded front and an up to 600 m (656 yd) in 100 m (109 yd) increments 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 PKS-07 7× fixed-magnification scope.[3][10] The manufacturer however states the Russian made 1P69 3-10×42 variable magnification telescopic sight with a sighting range of up to 1,000 m (1,094 yd) is used as standard day light optical sight. The 1PN113 3.7× fixed magnification night sight is used as the standard low light optical sight.[11]

The ambidextrous laminated plywood stock features an adjustable butt plate that can be regulated for length of pull, height and pitch and has a height and length adjustable cheek comb. A fiber glass reinforced polymer stock was also offered.[2] A front attachment point is situated at the foreend for mounting an integral folding bipod and 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.[8] 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 of 1.0 to 1.5 kgf (2.2 to 3.3 lbf). 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.[8]

The staggered (or double) column detachable box magazine is made out of glass fiber reinforced nylon with metal inserts and holds 10 rounds.[2] To reduce recoil, jump, flash and sound signature, the SV-98 can be supplied with a TGP-V tactical suppressor.[8] 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.


In 2013 an upgraded SV-98 variant was developed by Izhmash featuring an adjustable aluminum skeleton type stock. Izhmash expects the upgraded variant to be more economical to produce and offer improved maintainability and accuracy of fire. It has been tested by Izhmash since 2013.[1]

Based on the Record full bore sport shooting rifle series Izhmash also developed the SV-338, SV-338M and SV-338 M1 sniper rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum cartridge. These rifles feature scaled-up magnum bolt actions but are similar to the SV-98.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Administrator. ""Ижмаш" представил модернизированную снайперскую винтовку СВ-98". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "SV-98 sniper rifle". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sniper Central Russian SV-98". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "IZHMASH JSC official site: RECORD-CISM, RECORD-308-CISM large-bore standard sporting rifles". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "IZHMASH JSC official site: RECORD-1, RECORD-1-308, RECORD-2, RECORD-2-308 large-bore sporting rifles". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "IZHMASH JSC official site: Record-338". Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Record .338 Wooden Stock, Record 7.62X54R Wooden Stock and Record .308 Wooden Stock". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "IZHMASH JSC official site: 7.62 mm sniper rifle SV-98". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Pegler, Martin (2006-10-31). Out of Nowhere: The History of the Military Sniper. Osprey Publishing. p. 318. ISBN 1-84603-140-0. 
  10. ^ "Modern Firearms SV-98 sniper rifle (Russia)". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "1PN110 and 1PN113 Night Vision Sights". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Южный Кавказ закупил в 2010 году 107 324 единиц стрелкового оружия // «Кавказ Online» от 4 января 2012
  13. ^ Олег Коломиец. Снайперская элита определяет сильнейших. // журнал «Солдат удачи», № 12, 2001 г.
  14. ^ Снайперы российской военной базы в Абхазии пройдут специальную подготовку в горах Moscow, February 1, 2014, RUSSIAN WEAPONS
  15. ^ заказ № 0173100009712000474 от 4 декабря 2012 // сайт «госзакупки. RU»
  16. ^ Дмитрий Евстифеев. Спецназу Госнаркоконтроля разрешили операции за границей // "Известия" от 20 декабря 2012
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