Kalashnikov group presented a new line of SVCh rifles in different calibers at the Army-2017 International Military-Technical Forum. According to company’s experts, SVCh is the future of Russian precision firearms. The Chukavin SVCh semi-automatic sniper / designated marksman rifle is a prototype of the new precision weapon system, being developed by “Kalashnikov” Group 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 even further, depending on the version. With proper ammunition, these rifles are capable of 1 MOA or better accuracy.
SVCh rifle has an inverted U-shaped receiver, made from steel, with solid top that offers a stable platform for optics, with integrated Picatinny rail. Trigger and magazine housing unit is made from lightweight alloy. Rifle features short stroke piston gas operated action and rotary bolt locking. Manual gas regulator ensures smooth and reliable operation under all conditions, with and without sound suppressor. Rifle is fed from detachable box magazines. In 7.62x54R version, it uses magazines compatible with Dragunov SVD sniper rifle; In 7.62×51 NATO and in .338LM it uses proprietary magazines with standard and high capacity.