VSS Vintorez

The VSS (translated \"Special Sniper Rifle\") also named Vintorez (Thread Cutter), is a suppressed sniper rifle manufactured by Tula Arms Plant. It is in use by various military and otherwise militant organizations, especially those of former Soviet states.The VSS Vintorez was designed from the start to be a suppressed, flashless sniper rifle. It uses a heavy subsonic 9x39 mm cartridge in combination with its integral sound suppressor. The heavy bullet is very effective at penetrating body armor even with its subsonic speed. Its effective range is 400 meters. The VSS is normally used in semi-automatic, but it is capable of automatic fire.Since the VSS is meant for use in discreet operations, it can be broken down into three parts to be carried in a special 450 x 370 x 140 mm (17.7 x 14.5 x 5.5 inch) briefcase. The briefcase also has space for a PSO-1 scope, a NSPU-3 night vision device, and two magazines.

VSS Vintorez
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer Tula Arms Plant (Tula Arsenal)
Origin Prussia
Country Name Origin Year
Prussia 1987
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Tula Arms Plant (Tula Arsenal) 1987 View

Type Special Sniper rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1987–present
Used by Russia
Soviet Union
Wars Soviet war in Afghanistan,Chechen Wars, 2008 South Ossetia war, War in Donbass
Production history
Designer Petr Serdjukov and Vladimir Krasnikov
Designed 1980s
Manufacturer Tula Arms Plant
Produced 1987–present
Weight 2.6 kg (5.73 lb)
Length 894 mm (35.2 in)
Barrel length 200 mm (7.9 in)
Cartridge 9x39mm
Action Gas-operated
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 282–292 m/s (925–958 ft/s)
Effective firing range 300 m with iron sight, 400 m with PSO-1
Feed system 10 or 20-round detachable box magazine
Sights PSO-1 telescopic sight, 1PN51night vision scope and iron sights

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