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SR-2 Verserk

Submachine gun

SR-2 Verserk SMG

The SR-2 Verserk is a powerful close combat weapon, chambered for unusual 9x21 mm ammunition

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service early 2000s
Caliber 9 x 21 mm
Weight (unloaded) 1.65 kg
Length 603 mm
Length (with folded stock) 367 mm
Barrel length 174 mm
Muzzle velocity 415 - 440 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 900 rpm
Practical rate of fire 30 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 20, 30 rounds
Sighting range 200 m
Range of effective fire up to 200 m

 

   The SR-2 Verserk (heather) is a Russian submachine gun. It was developed by the TsNII-TochMash weapon design bureau specially to meet a Russian FSB security service requirement. The TsNII-TochMash is a major designer and small arms producer for the Russian military and law enforcement forces. Development commenced in the mid 1990s, alongside Gyurza pistol and new ammunition. The weapon was first revealed in 1998. The improved SR-2M has been adopted in the early 2000s. Since its introduction this weapon was actively used by the FSB and special units of law enforcement forces.

  The SR-2 Verserk is chambered for an unusual but powerful 9x21 mm ammunition. This ammunition was developed in Russia in the early 1990s and is used by the SR-1 Vektor (also known as Gyurza and SPS) pistol, which is also in service by the FSB. The SP-10 is a basic armor-piercing round with a steel core bullet. It was designed to penetrate body armor and soft skin vehicles. The Verserk penetrates 30 layers of Kevlar plus up to 2.8 mm titanium plate at a range of around 140 meters. It also penetrates a 4 mm steel plate at a range of 70 meters. There is also an SP-11 standard ball round, SP-12 round with low-ricochet and expanding bullet, and SP-13 armor-piercing tracer round. The 9x21 mm ammunition is more powerful than the 9x19 mm Parabellum and 7.62x25 mm Tokarev round. The downside of this ammunition is that it is much more expensive than the standard 9x19 mm ammunition.

  This submachine gun has an unusual operation for this class of weapons. It is a gas-operated weapon with rotating bolt. Such action is typically used in assault rifles, while submachine guns utilize blowback-operated principle. Traditional design was abandoned, because a powerful round would require heavy slide, that would make this weapon too heavy. The design is partially borrowed from the SR-3 Vikhr compact assault rifle.

   This weapon has two levers, located on each side of the receiver. One of these levers is a safety switch, the other is a fire mode selector. Such layout is quiet unusual and takes tike to get used to.

   This weapon is capable of semi-auto and full-auto firing. When the safety is on, the safety lever blocks the trigger and charging handle. So the weapon can not be loaded when the safety is on.

   This weapon is fed from 20- and 30-round capacity magazines. The magazine is housed inside the pistol grip. This feature was previously used in the popular Uzi submachine gun.

   This submachine gun has a collapsible stock, which folds upwards and over the weapon.

   This weapon comes with simple iron sights and has settings for 100 and 200 meters. The SR-2 Verserk has a mount for the optical sights, which is different from contemporary AK-style side rail. This submachine gun is often fitted with a Russian SR-2 red dot sight, which was designed specially for this weapon. Effective range of fire is up to 200 meters.

 

Variants

 

   SR-2M is an improved version, fitted with a vertical grip, which folds into the foregrip, when not required. The foregrip has a protrusion, similar to that of the HK MP5K, which protects the shooter's hand. Iron sights of this weapon have only one range setting.

   SR-2MP can be fitted with various accessories. It has s a side-mounted accessory rails for tactical flashlight, or laser pointer. This weapon can be fitted with add-on wire stock, which is more comfortable to fire the weapon, than the standard stock. Also the weapon can be fitted with a sound suppressor.

 

 
SR-2M Verserk SMG

SR-2 Verserk SMG

SR-2M Verserk SMG

SR-2M Verserk SMG

SR-2MP Verserk SMG


 
9x21 mm ammunition

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