Kalashnikov Group will be announcing the company’s first prototype of its SVK rifle at the Army International Military and Technical Forum held at the Patriot Export Center, Moscow, Russia. The event opened its doors 6 Sept 2016 and will run through 11 Sept 2016. This is the first time the prototype of the new semi-automatic sniper rifle SVK has been exhibited. The company developed the concept with input from active duty snipers of several Russian Special Forces units. This is an interesting offering that we’ll call the Tchaikovsky interpretation of the modern Russian DMR. The 7.62×51 chambering was a smart move that will appeal to some western customers although HK owns a majority of those markets. Nonetheless, it appears to be a rather elegant design.
The SVK compact semi-automatic sniper rifle is being developed for two of the most common military rifle cartridges, the 7.62×51 NATO and 7.62x54R.
The SVK rifle features an inverted “U”-shaped steel receiver which hosts the bolt group. It uses a short stroke piston gas operated action and rotary bolt locking with three radial lugs. The manually adjustable gas regulator ensures smooth and reliable operation under all conditions, with and without sound suppressor. The rifle is fed from detachable box magazines with standard (10 rounds) or high (15 and 20 rounds) capacities. The 7.62x54R version, utilizes magazines compatible with the Dragunov SVD sniper rifle.
The rifle also features ambidextrous fire controls and an integrated Picatinny rail on the top, so it can be easily equipped with a wide selection of modern day and night sights. Its side-folding buttstock is adjustable. Standard accessories include a detachable folding bipod and quick-detachable tactical sound suppressor. At the present moment, SVK is undergoing factory trials.