Exclusive: DVL Lobaev 10 Saboteur: Fully Suppressed Short Range Sniper Rifle

Russian company, Lobaev Arms, has developed a fully suppressed sniper rifle called the DVL Lobaev 10 Saboteur. The rifle is designed for short ranges (0 – 650 yards) but optimized for the lowest possible sound signature. To achieve this they also designed a brand new cartridge called the .40 Lobaev Whisper.

The cartridge is loaded with a 419 grain bullet fired at a velocity of 1017 fps, just under the speed of sound. The muzzle energy works out to 962 ft/lbs, or about the same energy as a supersonic .44 Magnum. This may not seem impressive at first glance, but it is significantly more powerful than its competitors. The .300 AAC Blackout subsonic loads have about half as much muzzle energy, as does the Russian military’s famous 9x39mm rifle round.

DVL Lobaev 1

The rifle weighs in at 9 lbs (unloaded with the full length suppressor installed). The magazine holds 10 rounds and the stock is a folding type. The rifle can be used down to -49°F.

This rifle was developed with the Russian military in mind, who deploy more fully suppressed rifles than any other nation on earth. The VSS Vintorez, for example, was originally designed for Special Forces but today is frequently used as the main service rifle by Airborne troops. Lobaev Arms want to capture this market.

Many thanks to Lionel for the photos and information.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Pete – TFB Writer

    Yes please.

  • Major Tom

    Not a bad deer rifle this could be. When would it be available for the rest of us?

  • Dracon1201

    I wanna see this in .510 Beck.

    • Xtorin O’hern

      or .510 whisper

  • Giolli Joker

    Russian subsonic stuff is always cool.

  • RSG

    With an integrated suppressor as large as this appears, it should be Hollywood quiet. And that’s a big pill going out to 600-700 yards.

    • micmac80

      Anyone that is being shot at past 50m is not hearing it ,imagine at 600m just sound of bullet hits. But in any case subsonic shooting at 600m needs accurate ranging as the drop is extreme .you need 40moa mount and a scope with huge range od adjustment as you need to dial around 30mil (cca 100moa of elevation)

      • RSG

        The purpose of suppression isn’t always disguising your location from the target, but also from enemy forward patrols, etc.

      • Max Glazer

        The tests so far indicated that 60MOA sight adjustment is sufficient for its working range. According to the manufacturer.

  • gunsandrockets

    Makes me wonder about a suppressed load and suppressor set-up for a .45-70 rifle!

    • Chris

      Look up .458 socom ! 300gr. @ 1900 fps = .47-70 !

    • Chris

      See .458 Socom !

  • What’s the trajectory like for this type of heavy subsonic round?

    • Anonymoose

      It probably makes the .45-70 look good.

    • micmac80

      Rainbow we are talking 30 mil (cca 100moa) elevation dialed for 600m as the velocity is low , but low loss of speed at range due to high BC bullets.

  • iksnilol

    Light, I like it.

  • Ghost930

    .400 and 419 grain bullet? Be interesting to see if this is a cut down 408 Cheytac round loaded to subsonic. Caliber and bullet weight are quite a coincidence.

    • Giolli Joker

      There is (was?) the Am-Tac .416 Hushpuppy.

    • anonymouse

      It is indeed a 408 Cheytac round

  • AD

    Honest question: how hard would it be to hit targets at 600 yards using subsonic ammo? What kind of bullet drop are we talking about, and how hard would it be to compensate for said drop?

    • Max Glazer

      If you the weapon is sighted correctly and sight is zeroed then, provided the shooters hands grow out of the right place, it shouldn’t be hard. Remember that this weapon is made for special forces. Noobs don’t make it there and freshly inducted operatives spend many months learning new weapon systems they will be entrusted with.

  • Thanks for finding that.

  • Rollin Shultz

    This looks like a perfect urban sniper rifle. The range is good and accuracy is amazing. It is a great stealth sniper rifle for militias after a SHTF event.