Red Army

The guns you’ll shoot on this event*

*Please see note at foot of this page.

AK47

A relatively lightweight, easy to use, hard-hitting rifle for motorised infantry. Military version is capable of semiautomatic or automatic fire modes. Civilian version used in Prague range is semi-auto only due to Czech licensing laws. Being inexpensive to manufacture and exceptionally reliable even in tough conditions this weapon became the most popular choice for arming conscripts in developing countries, as well as in the former Soviet Union’s armed forces. The standard AK47 military version had a wooden stock, but their was a model known as the “AKS” which had a folding metal stock for mechanised infantry and parachute troops.

* Weight: 4.3 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 7.62 x 39
* Capacity: 30 rounds (standard)

 

Mosin Nagant Rifle

This rifle was in service from between 1891 and the 1960s in various Soviet Union countries when it was gradually replaced in the sharpshooter role by the Dragunov SVD (see below). Originally developed as a standard infantry rifle the Mosin-Nagant was later adapted as a sniper rifle in 1932 incorporating a telescopic sight and was issued to Soviet snipers. It served in many infamous battles on the Eastern Front, such as the Battle of Stalingrad, which made heroes of snipers like Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev (as played by Jude Law in the film Enemy at The Gates 2001).

* Weight: 3.9 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 7.62mm x 54mm (Rimmed)
* Capacity: 5 rounds

Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle

 

After World War 2 and the introduction of the Kalashnikov Russia needed a new sniper rifle. Many designers started to work on different designs. The Kalashnikov based design of Evgeniy Dragunov was selected. The new rifle was not designed as sniper rifle, but as an accurate rifle for ranges up to 400 metres. Such a rifle was needed while the Russian service rifle, the AK-47, has an effective range of only 100-200 metres. The new rifle was called SVD, which at first stood for ‘Semipolarnya Vintovka Dragunova’, Russian for ‘Dragunov semi-automatic rifle’, but when it was discovered that the SVD could also be used as a sniper rifle the name ‘Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova’, Russian for ‘Dragunov sniper rifle’ was adopted. The SVD is better known as ‘the Dragunov’.

* Weight: 4.3 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 7.62mm x 54mm (Rimmed)
* Capacity: 10 rounds

Tokarev TT33

Standard Red Army self-loading pistol during WW2. Tokarevs were widely exported and, although obsolete now, may still be found in use in many former Soviet states. It is essentially a copy of the American 1911 Colt but simplified for ease of manufacture and use. Although not well made or well finished, the Tokarev is a typically tough Soviet design capable of taking a lot of punishment and still functioning where some more “modern” handguns would break.

* Weight: 0.83 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 7.62mm x 25mm Soviet
* Capacity: 10 rounds

 

Saiga 12K (‘K’ for Kurt or Short) Semi-automatic Combat Shotgun

This modern Russian semi-automatic shotgun has been based on the famous and time-proven Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle design. The “K” version was intended as a security, police and self-defense weapon, and is widely used by Russian special forces (Spetsnaz) and private security services. The Saiga 12K has proven to be both a versatile and effective weapon for close range situations, such as counter-terrorist operations inside buildings.

One of the significant superiorities of semi-auto shotguns in comparison to pump-action weapons is the high possible rate of fire. Even an average shooter firing the ‘Saiga-12′ can shoot a series of five targets in a bit more than two seconds; a difficult task for any pump-action shotgun regardless of the skill of an operator.

* Weight: 3.5 kg (empty)
* Calibre: 12 bore (.729)
* Capacity: 5 or 8 shots in detachable box magazine


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* Please note that some guns may vary slightly in appearance to those shown above and/or elsewhere on this website. If for operational reasons a specific gun included on this event needs to be withdrawn for repairs, or is otherwise unavailable, a suitable alternative will be provided. This is sometimes unavoidable, but we will do our best to ensure that it is the exception rather than the rule. For more information see our Terms and Conditions – Section 1.