[ARMY-2017] Five New Hunting Rifles by Kalashnikov Concern

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

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

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

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

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

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.



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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  • Jason Wimbiscus

    I’ve long had an inexplicable and thoroughly impractical desire for something that sports a 9.3mm diameter bore. Nothing like a heavy recoiling rifle chambered in an expensive and hard to find round for punching holes in paper and maybe sometimes unsuccessfully hunting small deer.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Can they make anything that is not butt ugly?

    • Dougscamo

      They haven’t had the practice the US has in this field….function over fo…..oh, never mind…No they can’t……

    • Mr. Katt

      Well . . . given the option of butt ugly that is absolutely reliable versus cool looking design that gets recalled every two years . . . . I’ll take a M1944 Mosin Nagant.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Soldiers are more effective when they think their weapons look cool.

        • Tassiebush

          Hey good luck with that hurricane!

          • Dougscamo

            If he is like a lot of the residents down there, it will be a while before he has electricity or possibly even cell service….

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah it looks nasty!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Now it’s a hurricane sprinkled with tornadoes.
            But hey my favorite donut shop is still open so life is good.

          • Tassiebush

            Good to hear because when there are donuts, there is always hope!

          • Tassiebush

            I imagine the clean up is going to be a whole lot worse than after the Houston 620. (is that too soon?)

          • Tassiebush

            I removed my joke. I didn’t want to offend anyone.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I’m not easily offended.
            Trust me right now my sense of humor is coming in handy.

          • Tassiebush

            Did you see it?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Nope

          • Tassiebush

            It’ll require the biggest clean up since the Houston 500/620!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Truly disgusting
            Thank you

          • Tassiebush

            Never let it be said that I’m a man of good taste of judgement!
            Seriously though it looks awful there. Wishing you all the best in this difficult time!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Yeah it’s bad.
            I’ve been able to get around on my bike. The light rail is elevated so I’ve been riding on that to go over the bayous.
            This is downtown
            If you’ve never been to Houston it’s not supposed to look like that. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/18352900ddf4ef22d16fa8dd90cc665e855a80a2eb5487da557ad8aeac61b715.jpg

          • Tassiebush

            That’s crazy!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Currently americas biggest and least popular water park.

          • Tassiebush

            Haha man it does look like it!
            A couple of suggestions. If you weren’t in a relationship I’d suggest that’d be a great tinder profile picture. Also have you got access to your fishing gear because you’d have amazing bragging rights if you can land a bull shark. I’m assuming it’s an urban bull shark flood kind of scenario?

          • Dougscamo

            Sharknado…..

          • Tassiebush

            All the ingredients are there!

          • Tassiebush

            Jokes aside just wishing you and everyone else there good luck and strength facing the ongoing challenge of it all!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Appreciate it.
            The worst is over.
            I just sat down to a big a-s cheeseburger. No more canned chili.

          • Tassiebush

            Good to hear it’s easing up! I can only imagine food and sleep have not been easy for many.

          • Tassiebush

            Hey is there a way to contact you? Email or something.

          • TheNotoriousIUD
          • Tassiebush

            Thanks mate

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Actually its just

            west7t4@gmail

          • Tassiebush

            Okay I’ll remember re send it

          • iksnilol

            Truly amazing to gaze upon thine face…. that’s how you really look, huh?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Currently

    • iksnilol

      I think they look cool.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Go to your room

        • iksnilol

          YOU’RE NOT EVEN MY REAL DAD!

          *Slams door*

        • Tassiebush

          Given how he spends his time there I’m concerned about the impact that further time might have on his character and eyesight!

          • iksnilol

            Well, it’s not like I can become mentally worse, so it’s not like it’s more bad for me.

          • Tassiebush

            I was thinking as much about your physical health! I suspect someone could probably clone you from all of the genetic material in there! 😉

      • .45

        I like the look of them too, but not the shininess. I prefer a more subdued finish.

        • iksnilol

          But you gotta be stylin’, gotta be P-I-M-P-I-N!

  • Brett baker

    The Izubyr looks neat, I’d pass on the rest.

  • rychastings

    are they any good?

  • .45

    They all have back up irons. I like that.

    • Nick

      The Russians probably find it odd we put optics on just about anything over here. After all, what’s the point of putting a scope on a rifle that can barely hold minute of paper?

      • iksnilol

        Nah, it’s more like odd that y’all don’t put irons on guns since they don’t cost much and can be useful in case a scope breaks.

        But of course, “muh Murican superiority”, Russians are just so dumb that they invented several concepts and doctrines y’all use today. Seriously, them Russians, so retarded.

        • Dougscamo

          Can’t use irons anymore because of my eyesight sooo….
          But the Russians have always been crafty people in many fields as you so “tongue in cheek” and not so “tongue in cheek” have stated….I’m old enough to remember their technology and accomplishments were ahead of ours though they have faded in the race….but never to be dismissed outright…

          • iksnilol

            Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t exactly fan of Mother Russia. But they were the only superpower besides the US for a good while, and you don’t accomplish that by being pants on head stupid. So underestimating them I feel is silly and I think it is mighty disrespectful.

            Regarding irons… have you tried an “adlerauge”? German for “eagle eye”, it’s something I see elderly folks here in Norway use. It’s a small magnifying lense you attach to the front sight to make it easier to aim. Though I do reckon that you need a diopter front sight for it to work (since it attaches via threads). There’s even a version that attaches to rails (though that one is a smidge expensive by virtue of being adjustable) so you should be able to use it even on ARs. I sorta wish for a dissipator style AR now.

          • Dougscamo

            Oh, I didn’t take that as your being a Russianophile but you are entirely correct!
            As far as irons go, I’ve played with those but they just aren’t for me….I’ll just keep using scopes and red dots…but thanks anyway, I appreciate it…

        • Tassiebush

          I must admit these days if I was thinking about back up sights I’d be more inclined to get qd mounts and a spare scope.

          • iksnilol

            And a spare scope?

            AND Y’ALL CALLED ME MONEYBAGS FOR LIKING GOOD SCOPES! 😛

          • Tassiebush

            I reckon I’d go for something like a Bushnell trophy or Redfield or maybe Leupold vx2 for such a role. Reasonable performance but not super expensive.

          • iksnilol

            “Bushnell… Leupold”?

            AND I GUESS I COULD LIVE IN A CARDBOARD BOX UNDER THE LOCAL BRIDGE! I mean, it’s reasonable performance and not expensive. Good gods y’all. Kidding aside, I don’t know if I’d bother taking another scope because I don’t want to worry about two scopes (nor drag their weight).

  • Tassiebush

    I’d be interested to know how good the straight pulls are and what sort of price bracket they fit into.

    • gusto

      doesn’t seem that smooth to be so it kinda defeats the purpose

      and they could have made the handle abit more elegant

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah it looked a bit clunky on the pulling it back stage.

  • Julio

    Is it flattery, cheek or ignorance to give your new straight pull rifle the same name as Browning”s? The other models have been around for years and are just getting a facelift/relaunch, new animal names replacing old numerical designations. Barrel scraping or just making the most of existing IP and tooling?

    • iksnilol

      Never heard of the Browning Maral before now, and it looks butt ugly.

      Besides, it’s common convention for Ruskies to call weapons by animal names (IE Saiga, Vepr, Tigr, etc.).

  • Black Dots

    Kalashnikov Concern might be the perfect name for a hardcore industrial band.

  • Adam D.

    Hrachya, do you know what the Maral is chambered for?
    Judging from the size of the magazine it looks like a .308 sized short action,
    which would be pretty interesting, considering it’s a straight pull gun.
    Wonder what the street price will be for the EU.