NEW Kalashnikov Concern RPK-16 Machine Gun, VSV-338 Sniper Rifle, SVK Marksman Rifle & PL-15 Pistol (VIDEO)

Our friends at Kalashnikov Concern sent us promotional footage of their new firearms and kindly allowed us to publish it.

The RPK-16 is being designed as a potential replacement for the RPK-74 squad support weapon, the VSV-338 is a long range sniper rifle is chambered for .338 Lapua Magnum. The SVK Marksman Rifle was developed at the request of Russian special operations forces for a tactical semi-automatic marksmen rifle. it is chambered in 7.62x54mmR and in 7.62x51mm. The PL-14 / PL-15 Pistol was designed for the Russian military and may be adopted as the new service pistol.

More information below:

More On Kalashnikov Concern’s New MA Compact Assault Rifle and SVK Marksman’s Rifle (and More!), via Modern Firearms

BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern releases precision rifles at ARMY 2016

Kalashnikov Unveils New PL-14 Pistol For Russian Army

Many thanks to our friends at Kalashnikov for permission to publish their video.


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  • KestrelBike

    So… Are they ever going to actually produce, sell, and deliver any weapons to US civilians? Or did they figure out how to monetize press releases? Or am I thinking of Kalashnikov USA…

    • John John Slade

      Isn’t US Treasury sanction these company? I just wanna know.

      • LCON

        KC is still under Sanction and Embargo. Kalashnikov USA is not under the Umbrella Of KC, They aim to build there own Products of AK inspired designs Here in the US So perhaps they will build Kalashnikov Beta and Charley and Delta loosely inspired off the newer AK models.

        • John John Slade

          Hmm… make sense.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I hate these sanctions!

  • Giolli Joker

    Uhm… did LAV offer some consultancy services on promotional videos during one of his visits?
    Cool stuff.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      Sure looks like it. I know they are big fans of his over there and he has relationships with some of their shooters. They may have used his videos as an influence or gotten consulting advice.

    • ReadyorNot

      The style of the videos definitely looks LAV inspired which makes sense as he has done some videos with them not long ago.

  • Major Tom

    I’ll take two of everything. Two of the full AK-12 family that’s undergoing Ratnik (not that AK-400 thing), two MA assault rifles, two of the new SVK’s, two VSV-338s, and at least two PL-14s.

    Because one of each will not be enough.

  • AK

    Where does this video show the RPK? All I see is a dressed up AK-74 in the beginning. The sniper rifle seems nice enough, except for the aluminum chassis in wintertime, as does the Lebedev pistol. The real gem is the SVK, probably have to buy it once it comes out commercially.

    • iksnilol

      That “dressed up AK-74” is the RPK-16.

      • AK

        In no way does that resemble a light machine gun. It has the same ol’ AK-74 receiver, without the RPK reinforcements of the trunnion, the barrel is too thin to be designed for sustained automatic fire, etc. What’s on that video is an assault rifle, not LMG. And the guy demonstrating is not looking like a machine gunner (they usually fire prone…) I really think someone made a mistake on the title at some point.

        • iksnilol

          Nah, that is the RPK. Note the drum mag.

          • AK

            I can put a drum mag on an AK pistol, doesn’t make it into a light machinegun. Or if it does, my weapons innovation is rather unimpressive. Bubba came up with that same gun a decade ago.

          • iksnilol

            I just haven’t seen the regular AKs with drum mags of the new gen. So I just assumed, my bad.

          • Chris22lr

            There’s no RPK-16 in the video.

            0:06-0:24 it’s AK-400/new AK-12.
            From 0:25 it is AK-74MR (modernised AK-74M shown on Victory Day parade in Moscow).

            Known photos of RPK-16 clearly show reinforced RPK receiver (which is interesting since Molot/Vyatske Polany is separate company). Frontend (handguard and barrel group) is similiar to AK-400 but different in details (for example gas block is different).

          • roguetechie

            I’ve seen the RPK16 pictures elsewhere and it still does have the beefier front trunnion and etc, just put into a much more svelte package than before.

  • The greatest advancements in Russian firearms ergonomics occurred when the US civilian market got hold of them. Just think of all the R&D money they save by having the US market come up with all these enhancements, optics and shelving unit attachment points.

    • Tritro29

      … What exactly did the “US civilian” firearms market brought to the ergonomics of the Soviet design?

      1. Selector. Wrong first selectors in Russian weapons, predate WW2 (with copies of ZD 26, PPSH 41) then with AB-46 selector right on the grip.
      2. QDS for optics? Wrong (Universal Rail designed since 1952, issued on AKN’s since 1954).
      3. Folding stocks? BTDT since the 1920’s thanks to the German/czech designs.

      The only main point that is taken from “US manufacturing”, is the M1913 rail which is now an ISO-like norm for selling optics. No STANAG rail, half or more sales gone.

      • I guess I missed the Russian AKMs with rails mounted on the gas tubes before it was done int he US or the top cover optics mounts or the handguard accessory rails of the length of pull stocks with adjustable cheek pieces or the red dot sights that they invented. For some reason the Russians never seemed to have used any of these items until they became popular int eh US, maybe they were just waiting until some one else used them before they took them out of the hidden vault. And if you want to get technical the AKM selector is a direct rip off of the Remington model 8, the receiver scope rail is a copy of German designs, the trigger a copy of the Garand’s.

        • Tritro29

          Rails…mounted on gas tubes? What for? From the most insane world “inventions”, fitting “quad” rails to legacy AK’s has been the single most retarded execution of an idea that has literally ZERO applications for the grunt. Ad-hoc fittings for the AK (like handguard swap for grip and tactical light…since the 50’s) like most of the cold war rifles that had proprietary parts.

          Why would you use adjustable stocks on on a service rifle that is mass produced? We’re talking a WW3 type of rifle that needed to be cheap and go bang, because you would need millions of it. Further more the Bulkin selector and initial AK-1 selector were thumb ones before Stoner and Friends knew what a rotative thumb selector war. The scope rail a direct rip-off of the Germans? Hah go check the AVS-36 rail, you’d be surprised. The trigger is a “copy” of Vaclav Holek’s single stage ZB-26. We can go around and explain how war the Soviets went in gun-design but I have better things to do that talk with an utter ignoramus.

          • I’m guessing you did not watch the video in the article. The Russians seem to have put a lot of what was developed int he US on their new guns, hence my point.

          • Tritro29

            Such as? The only thing that is distinctively US is the M1913 rail. This is done mostly because being STANAG the RIS allows to have a large choice of commercial add-ons. I watched the video but I saw Nothing American about the ergonomics of any rifle. Yes rails everywhere, then what? The SV 338 looks like a badly messed up McMillan chassis but otherwise, please point me where di you see the impact of commercial aftermarket parts made in the US.

        • Tritro29

          Also go ahead and explain me when was the last adjustable cheek piece used in a US military rifle.

          When also was half of the world using the M1913 std before it became such a STANAG? Let me answer…never.

          The current flat-top rifles became a thing when the US military decided that it would adapt it to its needs and introduce it as its main RIS. This little thing was well understood by many and over-rails were tested from manufacturers like RADOM (Poland) as early as 1998.

          For Russia it never made any sense to equip rifles with rails, non-NATO and proprietary parts were never a problem on a utility basis. Availability is another thing.

  • SLi-Fox

    Great video and thank you Kalashnikov Concern. I’ll have to create a special Kalahnikov savings account for the day the sanctions are lifted.

  • Bierstadt54

    That SVK looks really nice.

  • DanGoodShot

    OMG. That pistol. What is it about the coming together of wood and polymer thats giving me wood?

    • Anonymoose

      It’s got kind of a retro-futuristic feel, like a Dieselpunk Glock.

    • mechamaster

      It’s Lebedev PL-14.

      The DAO ( Double-action only according to LAV promotion video ) – Striker fired 9mm with low-bore axis competition pistol style.

      The short-recoil mechanism is similar with Glock – tilting barrel.

      • Ignacio Muñoz Diaz

        Be a internas Hammer fired weapon… No striker fired

    • Giolli Joker

      The prototypes were aluminum and wood, and the one in the video seems to be still metal framed.
      The production version however should be polymer framed, likely with no wood.
      I hope in a future where a metal framed one is available for civilians.
      It has Pardini GT-9 vibes for me.

  • roguetechie

    I like that the RPK16 is switch barrel with the “long” barrel being 18.9 inches. This will work great for them, especially since 5.45 is designed to have full 500 meter performance from a 16.25 inch barrel. Going to 18.9 from 23 was a great choice also because the longer sight radius for irons is much less crucial as well with nearly universal optics use on the rpk.

  • mechamaster

    Wow, interesting.
    From the slow-motion video, somehow the SVK and Dragunov MA is has identical operation mechanism.

    • iksnilol

      Because both were made by the same guy following the same principles?

    • Tritro29

      Because it’s the same system scaled up…

  • toms

    Yet another line of new weapons that will never be produced in any quantities.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    So the Russians aren’t in on the whole “Rifle is fine” thing? Ironic…

    • Tritro29

      Because it’s not the same weapon for most part.