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    Re: Civilian Firearms Market

    Post  TheArmenian on Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:09 am

    GarryB wrote:What I would like to see is the introduction of the 9 x 39mm round as a sporting calibre.
    Actually, a 9 x 53R cartridge is available. But that is no longer popular.
    For heavy game, the preferred round seems to be the 7.62 x 54. The 308 caliber is also popular, less so is the 30.06. Those who want the real heavy stuff go for the 9.3 x 64. There seems to be no need for the 9 x 39 because of the availability of the above. Remember, the 9 x 39 is for supressed weapons like the VSS, Vintorez, VSK, Vikhr etc. Hunters are not interested in subsonic 9 x 39 subsonic rounds...they want to be loud Laughing

    9 x 53R round which is a necked up 7.62 x 54

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    Post  TheArmenian on Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:12 am

    GarryB wrote:I should add that while exporting 9 x 39mm ammo might sound strange can I draw your attention to the MTS-558 in post number 4 of this thread that comes in .338LM and also 12.7 x 55mm calibre.

    This is a civilian model in a military round.

    BTW I should add that despite appearances it is a straight pull bolt action weapon... so it is very much like the sniper rifle in Crysis.

    Looks like a real thumper... Smile

    I wonder if my speculation about the 6 x 49mm round is on target and if that round will be exported any time soon?

    It would be pretty neat to buy a bolt action rifle in 6 x 49mm that could shoot out to 1km or more...

    Or even just to add to my bullet collection.

    I would like to have a MTs-558 in my cabinet. I can imagine showing up with that the shooting range Laughing

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    Post  TheArmenian on Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:25 am

    GarryB wrote:Was just looking through this site: http://www.tulatskib.ru/HTML_a/ohota_prod_a.html

    and found the OTs-48 rifle, which appears to be a Mosin Nagant 1891/30 rifle with a modern sporting rifle stock... I am interested!

    They include an advert for the stock for 7,000 rubles which by my calculations works out at about $280 NZ.

    Not sure how much it would cost to ship to NZ but it is well worth looking into.

    It turns it into a handsome looking rifle...

    I wonder if the stock is short enough to allow me to use it for my suppressed 1944 carbine?


    There are plenty aftermarket Mosin stocks such as this one: http://www.amazon.com/ATI-Mosin-Nagant-7-62x54R-Monte/dp/B000HOT2SK

    If you prefer the original style stocks, you may want to consider one of the refurbished Mosins from the Vyatsky Polyany Plant www.molot.biz
    You may get one from Australia.Here is a gunshop that carries them, it is somewhere in the middle of their page: http://www.gunsdownunder.com/

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    Post  GarryB on Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:54 am

    Why do you need to carry that much ammo when hunting?

    I don't normally carry 30 rounds but being able to carry 20 is handy if I am shooting groups of goats or pigs.

    Actually, a 9 x 53R cartridge is available. But that is no longer popular.

    That calibre was largely created for use in export rifles for European countries that banned hunting with "military" calibres. It is simply a necked out 7.62 x 54mm round for the Medvedev which from memory was a sporterised SVD for export.

    Hunters are not interested in subsonic 9 x 39 subsonic rounds...they want to be loud

    In NZ where suppressors are legal I am sure the low noise of the 9 x 39mm would be appreciated.

    There are plenty aftermarket Mosin stocks such as this one: http://www.amazon.com/ATI-Mosin-Nagant-7-62x54R-Monte/dp/B000HOT2SK

    Got it... to plasticy...

    And already got several in original military stocks. I like the look of this new stock because it is both sporty and good looking.


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    Post  GarryB on Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:01 am

    So I have been thinking, and I think a Russian rifle company should come up with a range of guns for civilian shooters that are not semi automatic.

    My idea is to make the weapons as compact as possible by making them bullpups.

    The advantage is a short compact weapon that is nicely balanced and easy to carry.

    The problem is the mechanism as a bolt action would be awkward in a bullpup.

    So I think the best solution would be a bullpup with a straight pull mechanism, but instead of having a cocking handle sticking out the side of the gun they could use a pump sliding forearm like a pump action shotgun.

    I have been looking at the muzzle velocities of the 5.45mm round from different barrel lengths and thanks to the AK-100 series and the upgraded RPKs I can see the muzzle velocities of the 5.45mm and 5.56mm rounds in different barrel lengths and it appears to me that as the barrel lengths get longer the 5.45mm rounds get better.

    I should point out that in theory the longer the barrel the higher the muzzle velocity, but the law of diminished returns always applies. Adding barrel length increases weight and makes the weapon less "handy" so the designer has to decide how much velocity they want.

    For instance the little .22lr round has a small propellent case so with .22 cal rifles a barrel length of more than about 43cms does not increase velocity very much because of the powder capacity of the round.

    There are lots of .22LR calibre rifles with barrels of greater length but that is to cater to the average shooters belief that a longer barrel is needed for velocity and accuracy.

    Where rounds that don't rely on velocity for effect like the 7.62 x 39mm rifle your focus is on having as short a barrel as practical, because having a longer barrel does increase velocity but also makes the weapon less handy and being shorter and handier is more valuable than a few extra mps in muzzle velocity.

    For the 5.45mm round however velocity is important because it uses a small light projectile so much of its effect is from its speed.

    Using a bullpup layout you could use a 60-61cm barrel yet still not have a long awkward weapon, and the straight pull mechanism would be smoother than a pumpaction. The fact that it is not an automatic weapon means in New Zealand you would not be limited to 7 shot magazines, and of course without an automatic mechanism that needs to cope with recoil then it would be much easier to develop multi calibre versions... a long barrel 5.45mm weapon that would give you .223 level performance at lower ammo cost, a shorter barrel 7.62x39mm option that takes standard AK magazines... perhaps fitted with a suppressor that could be used on Goats and Pigs, a 7.62 x 54mm for larger game like deer or smaller game to longer ranges, and a 12 gauge model that uses Saiga magazines with a range of barrels and chokes.

    I would make the design so that the empty shell case was ejected down through an ejection port directly behind the magazine, so with the mechanism closed on an empty chamber you simply pump the slide back so the bolt rides over the top round in the mag and back to the rear and hits a buffer to stop it. The buffer will be far back behind the mag to allow a full live round to be ejected with a cutout in the roof that would hit the base of any round held in place on the bolt and flip it down and out of the weapon... in this case the chamber was empty so nothing is ejected. On the forward stroke the bolt and bolt carrier move forward and strip the top round off the magazine as it passes and rams the round into the chamber ready to fire. The trigger is pulled and the round is fired but the mechanism remains closed and locked. The shooter then slides the pump back which unlocks the bolt and drags the empty shell case out of the chamber over the magazine and back past the mag where the cutout projection hits the top of the shell base and flips the empty case down and out of the ejection port.

    If a round is loaded into the chamber but the shooter decides not to fire, the round can be ejected by pulling the pump back unlocking the bolt and extracting the round from the chamber over the magazine and the cutout hits the top of the base of the shell and ejects the live round down and out of the rifle... with the pump slide held back the chamber remains empty so removing the mag and sliding the pump forward and reinserting the mag gives you a rifle with a loaded mag but an empty chamber. Obviously you would want a manual safety lever as well.

    With downward ejection you can use the weapon left or right handed without adjustment.

    With the bullpup design you can fit iron sights to the barrels, plus picatinny rails so each barrel can be individually zeroed plus you can have a scope for each calibre (the different calibres probably justify different scopes because different scopes are better for different types of hunting.

    For long range rounds a high power scope is essential, but for shotguns a red dot scope with x1 magnification is best as it gives a wide field of view. Shotguns are not much use at more than about 40m except when using slugs, but then when using slugs a rifle is generally more useful.

    For 5.45mm round use on goats or even rabbits out to 300m or so you will need a high power scope like a 3-9x, while for the 7.62 x 39mm out to 150m on goats then a decent x4 or x6 would be ideal. For the 12 gauge a low power red dot sight would give a wide clear view of the target even at very close range.

    Certainly for export then .223 and 7.62 x 51 models make sense as well.

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    Post  BTRfan on Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:15 pm

    What sort of pistols are available?

    I have a lot of Warsaw Pact/East Bloc firearms, but only a few Russian firearms.


    It is relatively difficult to get Russian firearms, such as the Tokarev, SVT-40, SKS, etc, in the USA... Very easy to get a Yugoslavian SKS though. The number of Russian SKS in the USA is relatively limited.


    Anyway, I have two M-44 Nagants from Russia/USSR, one Chinese Type 53 Nagant, 10 SKS rifles (but none are Russian), 3 Tokarevs (but none of these are Russian), an AK-74 (Bulgarian parts with American receiver), and an AK-47 (Romanian).

    I'd like to get a Russian TT-33, a Russian Makarov, a Russian SKS, a Russian AK-47, Russian AK-74, some 91/30 Nagants, a Nagant revolver, and probably an SVT-40 (if the price was right). One or two SVDs would also be nice.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jun 03, 2012 1:02 am

    I would say I hope that Russias entry into the WTO might lift a lot of restrictions to trade that have been put up in the past, but New Zealand has been in the WTO for years and we are still considering free trade agreements with countries also in the WTO, so I think there is something broken with the WTO agreement that was supposed to be about free trade.


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    Post  TheArmenian on Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:48 am

    new site from Molot: molotarms.ru

    A new video:


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    Post  GarryB on Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:14 am

    Was just looking through this site: http://www.tulatskib.ru/HTML_a/ohota_prod_a.html

    and found the OTs-48 rifle, which appears to be a Mosin Nagant 1891/30 rifle with a modern sporting rifle stock... I am interested!

    They include an advert for the stock for 7,000 rubles which by my calculations works out at about $280 NZ.

    Not sure how much it would cost to ship to NZ but it is well worth looking into.

    Well, I sent them a message to find out how much two stocks would cost to send to New Zealand and it was 1100 Euros!

    That means instead of about $300 NZ it would cost about $850 NZ per stock.

    The rifle I want to put it on is not in great condition, so it is hard to justify spending another $850 on a rifle that cost $65 dollars to buy in the first place.

    I have asked them about another rifle they advertise that looks a lot like the Yastreb revolver rifle.

    It is based on the Nagant revolver but has a carbine length barrel and stock and can hold 9 rounds of ammo, either .22LR or .22WMR, which I find very intriguing. .22LR makes it a cheap (to fire) compact little rifle, while the .22WMR would make it a potent weapon out to 100m or so. The revolver action and with subsonic ammo it could be a very quiet weapon with a suppressor fitted.

    Even if it is quite expensive I will likely just save up and buy it, the main problem will be getting it into the country (legally of course).

    BTW thanks for the site link TheArmenian.


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    Post  TheArmenian on Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:58 pm

    The "2012 Arms & Hunting" exhibition happened last week.
    Here is an extensive photo report:

    Almost all of the photos are from the MOLOT factory stand (various RPK based Vepr rifles, Russian made AR-15,Mosin and SKS refurbishments etc. http://u-96.livejournal.com/2893631.html

    Various manufacturers both foreign and Russian (Izhmash, Baikal, Orsis), good views of the Orsis rifles. http://u-96.livejournal.com/2893182.html

    You may also find photos on Vitaly Kuzmin's site: http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/473

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    Russian Double Barreled Pistol Shown In Moscow

    Post  Sujoy on Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:06 pm




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    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:36 am

    Not really very Russian though is it?

    It wont fit in a standard holster, and uses nonstandard ammo (for Russia).

    You would be much better off with something like Klin or Kedr or Kashtan.


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    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:51 am

    Nice, thanks for posting.
    Specifically the molot rifles in 9mm, and 5.45mm.

    The main barrier on the domestic military market is that their rifles are RPK based, and therefore would not be totally suitable as the basis for an AK-74 upgrade.



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    Post  Sujoy on Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:19 pm

    Also, a bit of an under performer. Double barrel gun firing just 8 rounds .

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    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:00 pm

    Well technically it is firing 16 shots, as it fires two shots with each pull of the trigger... the obvious problem is that for a minor increase in size and weight they could have made a SMG with a 30 shot mag in 45 calibre that will get bullets down range faster and be easier to control, easier to clean etc etc.

    I am sure if hollywood ever sees this it might appear in some movie as a bad guy boss weapon, but as a standard side arm it only has the capacity to be popular in the US.

    Lets face it... in the US there are gun magazines that have never had any pistol other than the 1911 Colt on their cover for the last 50 years and they will still sell in the US, but outside the US such magazines would not sell so well.


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    Post  Zivo on Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:27 am

    It's a collectors gun, it's impractical for anything but sitting behind glass.

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    Post  GarryB on Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:47 am

    I think the company making it think of it as a new type of weapon that is to be used in the field.

    In a way it is quite logical as often with pistol training many users prefer the double tap to try to hit the target with two bullets instead of just one to increase lethality. In this case two shots are fired and with shots to centre of mass should both hit.

    Of course in my opinion it would make rather more sense to just go for a 357 magnum pistol with a large capacity mag with hollow point bullets.

    The makers of this pistol are the same company that makes the new Strike One pistol and it has a joint relationship with a European small arms company.


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    Post  flamming_python on Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:10 pm

    Multi-barrelled handguns might have made sense back in the 16th or 17th centuries but nowadays there are just a little obsolete Smile

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    Post  GarryB on Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:27 am

    I must admit I have a serious soft spot for the old Soviet triple barrel assault rifle...



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    Post  Zivo on Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:18 am

    What is that? Shocked

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    Post  Mr.Kalishnikov47 on Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:12 pm


    I've read about that weapon somewhere before. Wasn't it developed for Afghanistan or something? It's chambered in 7.62x39, and if I remember Correctly fires 3 rounds (1 from each barrel) simultaneously with each trigger pull. It has to weigh like 20 pounds at least.

    It looks like something you'd find in Borderlands. Laughing


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    Post  GarryB on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:13 am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TKB-059


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    Post  Mr.Kalishnikov47 on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:40 am

    Oh wow, I was hilariously off on this one.

    Thanks for the link.




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    Post  GarryB on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:19 am

    Considering the title of this thread I should really mention this weapon:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TP-82_Russian_Space_Pistol

    This is a weapon that is basically a very large pistol with two main barrels that can fire 12.7mm x 76mm shotgun like shells (note that makes it a 40 gauge shot gun calibre) or it can fire custom made flare rounds. Under these two barrels there is another barrel chambered for the standard Russian 5.45 x 39mm assault rifle round.

    The purpose of these weapons was as a defence for the cosmonauts after they land for the period of time between when they land and when they are found and rescued.

    There was at least one case where the cosmonauts had to spend a night in the cold before being found and rescued, so these pistols are not fancy toys taken for fun, they are serious pieces of equipment that include the capacity to launch flares, and to hunt or protect themselves. The stock of the pistol is a machette.

    Note one of the main reasons they stopped using them was because the special ammo was expensive and hard to get for the two shotgun barrels/flare launcher tubes.

    I am actually rather surprised they didn't change the design to use two .410 calibre tubes along with the 5.45mm rounds as much cheaper more widely used alternative calibres. The combination of solid slug loads from two .410 barrels and a 5.45mm high velocity round would suffice in driving off even a pack of wolves.


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    Post  Zivo on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:46 am

    Well, every little bit of weight adds to the cost of a space flight, so each piece of equipment brought on board need to be essential.

    I wonder if US Astronauts are taught how to use it since they're currently using Soyuz to get into orbit and return to Earth.



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