Integrally Suppressed AK Gopak Rifle Demonstrated at Ukrainian Trials Grounds

An integrally suppressed variant of the AK called the Gopak was on display a recent demonstration at the Goncharivske trial grounds in the Chernihiv area of Ukraine. In two videos released via YouTube this week, the rifle is demonstrated firing and being inspected by the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov. The rifle is visible in the video below, at 0:58 and 3:51:

Notably, the Gopak is a straight bolt action manual repeater, not a semiautomatic, and it lacks any gas system or return spring and sports an oversized bolt handle. The front end of the rifle is dominated by a massive oversized suppressor, which may be intended to completely absorb the muzzle blast of even supersonic ammunition. Besides the suppressor, the rifle is also fitted with an AR-15 style adjustable buttstock, ergonomic pistol grip, Harris style bipod and a high magnification scope mounted directly to the rear sight base. The rifle fires the 7.62x39mm round, likely because the Ukrainian Armed Forces never adopted the Russian 9x39mm dedicated subsonic round and reportedly still have the 7.62×39 57-N-231U subsonic round in service. Interestingly, the rifle features the ability to fire a grappling hook using blank cartridges (no, really).

The Hopak rifle is a modification of the AK-47 rifle

Note the grappling hook.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Giolli Joker

    Uhm… is the grappling hook supposed to fit in the bore?
    If that is the case, at least part of the suppressor is very loose around the 7.62 bullet.
    Unless the whole suppressor comes off and the hook fits around a barrel stub.

    • PK

      That was what raised my eyebrow, as well. What an odd thing to offer as a feature.

      • Dougscamo

        Never can tell when you have to scale a castle wall….must prepare!

      • Yenokh Yagoda

        I thought these fellows reached the bottom with that Phantom BTR

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b100e660245013ffbcfe0c1fea54391d17f4674739f2b4f03f490e2392e9e22.jpg

        I was wrong

      • neckbone

        What raised my eyebrows was the $3000 plus scope on that pile of scrap they put together in in 7.62×39. No wonder a couple Russians are smacking these clowns around.

        • PK

          To be fair, really accurate rifles can be built in such a way that they look like hot garbage. If the rifle is well built, serves the purpose you need, and is accurate enough for what you need, then putting top-shelf optics on is justified.

          You’re not wrong, though…

          • neckbone

            Right but the s&b scope is typically used for long range shooting. And the 762×39 isn’t known for that really.

  • EdgyTrumpet

    *Gopnik Rifle

    • Old Tofu

      i read that as Gopink at first

    • neckbone

      Ukrainian engineering at its finest.

  • USMC03Vet

    Invisible double chin weld confirmed! 🤣

    • Samuel Millwright

      From the looks of the dudes in them pictures they got the double chins covered…. Yeeeshhhh!

      Vodkas a helluva drug

      • neckbone

        Every guy in that picture is an example of what generational incest will cause. Ukraine is a joke. And our tax dollars are supporting these fools. It’s shameful. We need to take our country back.

  • therealgreenplease

    Want or need…. want or need…. sometimes it’s so hard to tell.

  • Twilight sparkle

    Why does it seem like every country that’s not part of the g8 gets their parts from mako?

    • Old Tofu

      *gate (hehe)

  • Sianmink

    That cheek hover tho

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    I first wondered if the barrel got hot, but I guess in practice with it being a sniper-ish gun that you wouldnt shoot it enough to get it that hot?

  • Johnsmyname

    Really, a S&B PMII on an AK? Good thing they went for what looks like a 5-25×56, never can have too much magnification with a x39. Oh and since there’s no cheek piece, lets not bother even attempting low rings, extra high will be easier to find with your head floating behind the objective.

    • ProudAmerican

      The S&B scope shows what you can afford due to the largese of US taxpayers. Bring on the gold toilet seats and $600 crescent wrenches.

  • Mike

    I would like an inexpensive bolt gun in 7.62×39. Savage. or Ruger Range rifle.

    • Henry C

      Your best option for a 7.62×39 bolt gun is a CZ 527. Great little guns. They ave a nice little hidden feature. push forward on the trigger and it becomes a set trigger.

  • plutarh

    I’m just curious about all the coverage of these “ukrainian” guns on this blog. If they are so good as they claim why is it that I read daily about Kiev’s pleas for our armaments? And why is it that Kiev’s “superior military is last stand between big bad Russia and EU” while their military losses mount by the day.

    Nathaniel, since you claim to be history enthusiast, can you tell us just when Ukrainian ethnos ever came to be? Make it easier on yourself and just let us know when was the first time word “ukrainian” was ever pronounced.

    Why are we glorifying Nazi collaborators and spend our tax monies on installing and keeping junta in Kiev. Look up SS Galichina and SS Nachtigal, its who we put in power in 2014. Shame.

  • Lance Blinent

    Them Ukrainains need to go back to painting Easter eggs.