During the ARMY-2017 arms exhibition Kalashnikov Concern has introduced new hunting rifles. Not one or two but five rifles! Thanks to Maxim Popenker, who released a short video review, we can take a look at these new rifles.
Sobol (means sable) is a rimfire hunting rifle with a toggle locked bolt. It is based on a biathlon rifle of a similar action. The toggle lock mechanism makes it a very fast action and its bolt doesn’t extend behind the receiver when working the action.
Irbis (means snow leopard) is a modular hunting rifle. It is possible to change the bolt head and the barrel on this rifle and convert it to another caliber. Judging by the marking of 9.3x64mm on the magazine, it is a long (standard) action rifle.
Los (means moose) is tailored to fit the intermediate cartridges’ length. The rifle shown in the above image is chambered in .223 Remington. It also features a three-lug bolt, single stack magazine and a Picatinny rail. The magazine has a bit unusual look. Its design reportedly increases the feeding reliability.
There will also be a short action version for .308 Win and similar length cartridges.
Maral (means red deer) is a straight-pull bolt action rifle. It uses similar magazines as the Los rifle and also features an integral Picatinny rail. Kalashnikov will also offer various bolt handle options for this firearm – horizontal, vertical, folding etc.
Izyubr (means elk or wapiti) is a gas operated semi-automatic hunting rifle. This rifle was manufactured in the Soviet Union in very limited quantities (about 30 rifles made overall). It was made exclusively for political and military leaders. Kalashnikov Concern will manufacture it again. This time, of course, it will be mass produced and available for anyone. They’ve also added some modern features to the rifle such as a threaded barrel and a muzzle brake as well as a Picatinny rail.
Here is the original video review (in Russian):
Top image of the article is by Kalashnikov Concern. The rest of the images are screenshots from Maxim Popenker’s video.