Small Arms of Belarusian Special Forces

The Belarusian Historical and Cultural Complex “Stalin Line” has published a video telling about current small arms of Belarusian special forces. None of them is an unknown firearm, yet it is still interesting to see what combination of guns and accessories they use. You can watch the video (in Russian) and as always, we’ll take a brief look at each of the guns.

MTs-116M

MTs-116M is a Russian (well, all these guns are Russian) bolt action rifle. The newer versions of this rifle are chambered in of the following calibers: 7.62x54R, .308 Win, .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Magnum.

ORSIS T-5000

This one is the ORSIS T-5000, which we see in more and more places all over the world. You can read more about this rifle by clicking here.

OSV-96

Next up is a magazine-fed semi-auto anti-materiel rifle chambered in 12.7x108mm (the Russian equivalent of the .50 BMG). Note the huge one-meter barrel (39.4″). But the nice thing about this rifle is that the barrel folds to the side and backward making it comparable in size with the SVD rifle.

OSV-96 with the barrel folded

The silhouette of the folded OSV-96 compared to the SVD. Image by modernfirearms.net

PKM

This on is obviously a PKM machine gun. It is equipped with some sort of a KeyMod handguard and a DNS-1 night vision scope made by a Belarusian company called Belarusian Optical and Mechanical Association (BelOMA).

AS VAL and VSS “Vintorez”

Pretty frequently these two firearms are seen adopted/deployed together. The left one is the AS VAL. It has a folding stock as opposed to the fixed SVD-style one of the VSS Vintorez. Both rifles are chambered in 9x39mm, use the same magazines and are integrally suppressed.

AKS-74

These two are accessorized AKS-74 rifles. The top one has a KeyMod handguard with an attached laser sight. It also has an AR-15 style collapsible stock and a more ergonomic grip. The PO4x24P scope seen on this rifle is made by the same company – BelOMA.

The rifle in the image below is also an AKS-74 with a suppressor, GP-25 under-barrel grenade launcher and a rubber buttpad which usually comes with the launcher. It is equipped with a PUMA-90 thermal vision scope made by another Belarusian company called BSVT.


That’s the short description of the guns of Belarusian special forces.

Which one of them is your favorite?



Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at TFBHrachyaH@gmail.com


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  • Major Tom

    The AS Val. Followed by the AK’s followed by the PKM.

    • .45

      “Come over here Stalker. I have some information that might well be of use to you…”

  • iksnilol

    Hmmm… could that folding barrel work if it was shorter? I mean, 12,7mm works fine out of a 75 cm barrel.

    • DW

      Comrade, the extra 25cm lets you stay 1/4 of a meter away from the enemy which is essential to stealth, silly papushka

      • iksnilol

        You mean which improves bayonet range?

    • Tassiebush

      Depends on which end you take the length off :-p

  • Anonymoose

    >Keymod on that PKM and AKS74
    Give a trigger warning before Patrick R. sees this article and loses his sh*t!

    Also, I like the plum AKS74.

    • UWOTM8

      74s available in the US again when?

      • Anonymoose

        idk…maybe we can get some parts kits from our Ukrainian Nazi friends? But then again, they probably need them to fight Putin. lol

        • UWOTM8

          Or when PSA finally builds one, which could take a couple generations to work out….

      • Max Glazer

        They are. Rifle Dynamics are your friends 😉

        • UWOTM8

          Most of us aren’t looking for a nearly 2k rifle that’s been vajazzled to hell. A milspec kalash with plum furniture for around $700 would be a game-changer.

          • Max Glazer

            Arsenals are banned?

          • UWOTM8

            The SLR-104 is no longer being imported. Only 7.62 AKs remain for Arsenal. Not to mention they were $1000 to begin with. Doable, but steep.

  • Henry C

    Is it just me, or does the suppressor on that 74 look like it clamps on?

  • SP mclaughlin

    Aren’t most Russian scopes/optics actually Belarussian?

    • Trey

      I think they just say that so they can export and we can import them. A Russian and American law issue concerning military equipment restrictions.

    • Anonymoose

      That’s just the CAA one they put on all their tacticool AKs these days.

      • SP mclaughlin

        Oh yep, you are right.

    • Tuulos

      They are Russian, although there are pretty much identical scopes made in Belarussia. Belarussian ones are easier to get outside Russia.

  • Tormund Giantsbane

    That suppressed 74s with PLUM and a GP-25 is so much want.

  • jonp

    Orsis. I want an Orsis. Come on President Trump, collude with your buddies in a meaningful way and let these in

    • Seth Hill

      To hell with that, if he’s going to collude with them he may as well let all of them in. I want one of each of them.

  • B. Young

    i want the 74 keymod handgaurd