Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

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We’ll be shutting down the presses to spend some time enjoying the Holy Season, but before we do that I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our readers and industry partners who make our product reviews possible. They represent the very best this great industry has to offer, who keep producing quality innovative products year after year. Innovation is hard and expensive so we fully support intellectual property rights and their protection and we won’t review or endorse knockoffs; believe me, we are asked to do that all too often. We wholeheartedly recommend our industry partners to our readers and consumers looking for quality products of excellent value, design and backed by exceptional customer service.

From our families to yours, may your Holiday Season be an exceptional one and may 2020 bring you great opportunities and their commensurate prosperity.

This will also be my last shoot the shit for 2019. Remember that a shoot the shit is a social interaction in which participants don’t need to know anything about the subject being discussed, they are free to make unsupported comments, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone they wish or change the subject altogether. Shoot the shits accomplish two important things, for a moment they separate you from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allowing you to have human interaction; lastly, it will keep you from paying $150+ per hour to a jackass who studied psychology so they could understand themselves. Can you imagine sitting in front of someone like Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to explain why you like chicks in thongs. OK here we go.

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to fire the Russian Dragunov SVD. If you’re not familiar with the SVD it’s the standard issue Designated Marksman and Sniper Rifle, chambered in the 7.62X54R cartridge. It’s a great damned rifle and I’d love to own one but at $10,000 + per copy I’ll have to be satisfied with just looking at one.

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Anyway, Russian military units will soon surrender their Dragunov SVDs for the new Chukavin SVCh. The new DMR / Sniper rifle is manufactured by the Kalashnikov Group and was introduce at Russia’s 2017 Army Exhibition. The Spetsnaz and some of the other special Russian units have been using the new rifle and contributing to perfecting the design. The Russian government plans to rollout the new rifle for export and general military use 2020 – 2021.

The SVCh is chambered in 7.62x54R, 7.62×51 and the 338 Lapua Magnum, so take your choice. The rifle is fed from a Dragunov SVD 10-round box magazine, has an overall length of 1,000 mm, a barrel length of 410 mm, a weight of 4.3 kg (with empty magazine) and an accuracy of no more than 1 MOA at 100m. The barrel can be replaced with a longer versions of 460 mm or 565 mm as desired. The SVCh in 7.62×51 mm has the same specifications and is fed from a 20-round box magazine.

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Some of the more interesting features, at least to me, are the full length Picatinny rail, AR style ambidextrous safety selector, the generous use of M-LOK attachment points along the handguard. Other features worthy of mention are the folding stock adjustable for length of pull and cheek height . So, this is no rehash of the AK or Cold War Dragunov.

The rifle’s operating system is a gas-operated short-stroke piston with rotating bolt that’s fitted with a manual gas regulator.

Kalashnikov Group feels that their Chukavin:

“meets the requirements to the best world`s DMRs, for instance, the M110 SASS (Semi-Automatic Sniper System) by the US Knight Armament Company (KAC) in terms of dimensions, magazine capacity and accuracy.”

I’ve shot the KAC M110 SASS and it is an extremely accurate rifle, so Kalashnikov’s claim is worthy of a side by side comparison. We’ll see…

In this video President Putin may have gotten a bite from that Schmidt & Bender optic on his first shot. What do you think?

Readers, have a wonderful Christmas, give your iPhone a break and in its place schedule a shoot the shit with your buds and family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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