VKS sniper rifle

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12.7-мм снайперская винтовка ВКС - Технологии в машиностроении-2012 01.jpg
The VKS sniper rifle
Type Bullpup sniper rifle
Place of origin  Russia
Service history
In service 2004
Used by Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation[citation needed]
Production history
Designer CKIB SOO (Central Design Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Weapons)
Designed 2002
Manufacturer CKIB SOO (Central Design Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Weapons)
Produced 2002
Weight 7 kg (total weight)
Length 1120 mm (overall length with suppressor)
Barrel length 450 mm
Width 220 mm
Height 220 mm

Cartridge 12.7×55mm STs-130
Action Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 300 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 12.7×55mm STs-130 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.

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    (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.)
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