The Vintorez silenced
sniper rifle is commonly used by the Russian special forces
9 x 39 mm
Length (with folded stock)
Cyclic rate of fire
Practical rate of fire
40 - 100 rpm
10, 20 rounds
Range of effective fire
300 - 400 m
Vintorez silenced sniper rifle was specially designed for the Soviet special
operations forces. It was intended to replace the previous
assault rifles, fitted with silencers. The Vintorez was introduced
in the late 1980s. Currently this rifle is commonly
used by the Russian special forces.
Design of this silenced
sniper rifle is similar to that of the
silenced assault rifle. It is a gas-operated selective fire weapon,
fitted with integral silencer. It has a 70% parts commonality with
the Val assault rifle.
The Vintorez is
chambered for 9 x 39 mm cartridge. This rifle uses the SP-5 and SP-6
subsonic ammunition. Primary is the SP-6 armor piercing round. It has a hardened steel penetrator.
It penetrates 6 mm steel plate at a range of 200 m and 2
mm steel plate at a range of 500 m. This round penetrates most
military body armors at ranges of 300 - 400 meters. The SP-5 is a ball round, fitted with heavy bullet.
with the AS Val, the VSS Vintorez is fitted with a wooden stock and
a smaller capacity magazine. The wooden buttstock is fitted with a
rubber damper. The whole stock can be removed for compact storage
switch and charging handle are AK-style. A fire mode selector is
located inside the triggerguard, behind the trigger. It is capable
of firing single rounds and in full-auto mode.
The VSS Vintorez is fed
from detachable box-type magazines, holding 10 rounds. It is also
compatible with the 20-round Val magazines.
is fitted with integral silencer, which is easily removed for
storage and maintenance. The whole rifle is easily disassembled into
3 main parts.
silenced rifle has a side rail on the receiver and is compatible
with PSO-1 scope (4x magnification), graduated for 9 x 39 mm
ammunition. It is also compatible with NSPU-3 night sight (3.5x
magnification). Effective range of the VSS at night is limited to
300 m. The Vintorez can be fitted with other scopes or night vision
sights. This silenced rifle is also fitted with backup iron sights.