SVCh sniper rifle

SVCh-7.62 sniper rifle SVCh-7.62 sniper rifle chambered for 7.62х54R cartridge



SVCh-7.62 sniper rifle

SVCh-7.62 sniper rifle chambered for 7.62х51 NATO (.308 win) cartridge




SVCh-8.6 sniper rifle

SVCh-8.6 sniper rifle chambered for 8.6x69mm (.338 Lapua Magnum) cartridge


Full text nameSVCh sniper rifleSVCh-8.6 sniper rifle
Caliber cartridge7.62x51mm NATO / .308 Winchester7.62x54R.338 Lapua Magnum (8.6x70)
Action typesemi-automaticsemi-automatic
Trigger typesasa
Overall length, mm940 … 1000 (with 410mm barrel)1140
Length, folded, mm730 (with 410mm barrel)925
Barrel length, mm410, 460, 565560
Weight empty, kg4,36,3
Magazine capacity, rounds10, 2010

The Chukavin SVCh semi-automatic sniper / designated marksman rifle is the prototype of a new precision weapon system being developed by the ‘Kalashnikov Group’.

Development is based on direct input from snipers from several Russian elite Special Forces units. It is intended for precision engagement of individual targets at ranges of up to 1000 meters or greater, depending on the version. With proper ammunition, these rifles are capable of 1 MOA or better accuracy.

The SVCh rifle is being developed for the three most common military rifle cartridges, the 7.62×51 NATO, 7.62x54R and .338 Lapua Magnum (also known as 8.62x69mm). Between the two 7.62mm versions, the rifle has a very high commonality of parts. The .338LM SVCh-8.6 rifle however, has a necessarily larger receiver, magazine housing and bolt group.

The SVCh rifle has an inverted U-shaped receiver, made from steel and a solid top that offers a stable platform for optics, with integrated Picatinny rail. The trigger and magazine housing unit is made from lightweight alloy.

The rifle features short stroke piston gas operated action and rotary bolt locking. A manual gas regulator ensures smooth and reliable operation under all conditions, with or without sound suppressor. Rifle is fed from detachable box magazines. In 7.62x54R version, it uses magazines compatible with the Dragunov SVD sniper rifle. In 7.62×51 NATO and in .338LM  it uses proprietary magazines with standard and high capacity.

This rifle features ambidextrous controls. A side folding stock is adjustable for length of pull. Standard accessories include detachable folding bipod and quick-detachable tactical sound suppressor.