A pair of large-caliber sniper rifles has been added to the new Ratnik combat gear, which is entering service with the Russian armed forces, a representative of the advanced outfit’s designer said on Saturday.
“The 6VM7-1 rifle is a more lightweight and shortened version of the 6VM7,” the representative of the Central Research Institute of Precision Mechanics said during the Army-2015 expo, adding that both rifles had already been tested and would soon enter service.
The 12.7 mm 6VM7-1 and the 6VM7 sniper systems, built by the Degtyarev plant in Kovrov, are relatively lightweight (11 kg) and designed in a bullpup (i.e., magazine behind grip/trigger section) configuration.
Both have an effective range of 1,500 m and come equipped with a 1-P88-2 variable-range sight and can be fitted with a 1PN139 thermal visor.
The Degtyarev Plant earlier said 6VM7 sniper rifles will be supplied to the armed forces already before the end of this year.