Chukavin Sniper Rifle (SVCh) by Kalashnikov Concern

This rifle was earlier announced by the Kalashnikov Concern. It was initially called SVK. Recently, Kalashnikov has renamed the rifle to include the designer’s last name (Chukavin) into the designation of this firearm and revealed more details. Now the rifle is called Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh (Снайперская Винтовка Чукавина – СВЧ). Here is a video released by the Kalashnikov Concern:

SVCh is a semi-automatic sniper rifle/DMR. The rifle is designed to be used in the same roles as the SVD with the advantages of being more compact, modular and built with modern materials and technologies. As shown in the video, the rifle features cold hammer forged barrels, one piece top Picatinny rail, telescoping and folding stock etc. A good design solution is the retained ability to use SVD magazines with the 7.62x54R configuration.

In an interview given to Russian news agency TASS, the CEO of Kalashnikov Concern Alexey Krivoruchko said that both the Ministry of Defence and the Russian National Guard, as well as foreign customers and the civilian market are highly interested in this new firearm.

Here is an image of the SVCh from ARMY-2017 exhibition. Note the attached 20-round 7.62x51mm / .308 Win magazine.

Image by Maxim Popenker

P.S. The correct pronunciation of the rifle’s name would be S-V-Ch (not S-V-C-H). It sounds like “Es Ve Chah” in Russian. 

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  • PK

    I couldn’t stop laughing, of course it’s techno background music on all the official videos…

    Still, I’m interested to see where this goes. It’s been long overdue for an update/rethink.

    P.S. The correct pronunciation of the rifle’s name would be S-V-Ch (not S-V-C-H).

    Good luck with that. I die a little on the inside every time I hear “Pe-pee-es-aych”, but so long as we all know the topic of discussion, it’s harmless.

    • LilWolfy

      I’m used to calling it “Pe pe sha”.

  • Major Tom

    I nickname this rifle the “svoloch” only because it’s only a few letters short of it.

    • Green Hell

      Also СВЧ is literally the same acronym for microvave in Russian.

      • int19h

        To be more specific, it’s an acronym for “super high frequency”. Which is generally considered synonymous with “microwave”, although RF engineers would vocally disagree.

  • Fast Forward

    Would this be a; ‘Sniper Rifle,’ or a DMR?

    • Cowboy Henk

      It’s a DMR, there are very few true Sniper rifles that are semi-auto.

      I don’t think Russian terminology differentiates between the two, but they clearly understand the practical difference since the typical Russian rifleman squadron contains at least one designated marksman. And their actual snipers carry rifles with a much longer effective range.

    • Hrachya H

      They call it a sniper rifle. But I think it depends on use. SVD is also called a sniper rifle but it was/is used in both roles.

      • Evandro Santana Pereira

        Someone here, weeks before, talked about two versions of the Dragunov: the DMR version, optimized for use of AP bullets (including the rifling in the bore); and other, the sniper version (with effective range of more than one kilometer). Who knows more about it? The guy also posted magazine scans of these versions of the SVD.

    • Green Hell

      While not being a true “Sniper rifle” by western standarts SVD was the only weapon used by Soviet snipers after WW2 for many decades.

  • Al

    I would somewhat apprehensive considering a rifle from a factory whose CEO carries a name like that.

  • Congo Rick

    Wow. Russians designed a firearm that’s not ugly as sin.
    Good for them.
    I guess on a long enough time line, anything is possible.

  • Paul


  • lynyrd65

    I love how the stock looks like a Magpul Zhukov stock and the front hand guard rails like some sort of MLOK variant. They’ve clearly got Magpul on the mind

  • Martin T

    I was going to say scope mount on backwards… but of course in mother Russia, scope mounts you comrade!

  • vwVwwVwv

    Still a 7.62 x 54?
    Marksman Rifle I would say.

  • Luke Yost

    Looks like the Skreli X-11

  • Me

    if “Ч” is the last character, wouldnt be SVTc the correct transcription?

    • The letter “Ч” transcribed often looks like that: “tch” (not “tc”!), pronounced like in “natch” — to underscore that it’s a hard consonant. But outside of a word it’s OK and much, much more convenient to transcribe it as “ch” (“change”). Especially since the designer’s name is transcribed as Chukavin (pronounced “Choo-kAh-veen”).

  • Tritro29

    Dragunov’s MA system in all lengths.

  • Cyborg Fred

    Im Kalashnikov concerned these will never make it to the US.

  • David Canann

    “A good design solution is the retained ability to use SVD magazines with the 7.62x54R configuration.” —- Is this still the round Russia is going to keep using for sniper roles?

  • Max Glazer

    I was in a massive-ass argument with some promo-blogger that stated that SVD is obsolete and SVCh will replace it as having rails will make it a way better weapon. Found it funny that a rifle with barrel length of 620mm and machined one-piece receiver (SVD) would be replaced by a weapon with a 410mm barrel (shorter then AK FFS) and with 2-piece receiver (steel upper and aluminium lower) which is SVCh. Apparently it’s accurate range is 1100 meters (bull).

  • Jim

    Russian arms designers are practical people. They actually listen to their troops’ feedback from battlefield experiences. Good enough is good enough. Simple, rugged designs that work every time and don’t break down. It doesn’t have to be a 1,600 yard nail driver. 800 meter hits on man-sized targets are acceptable in most combat environments. The 7.62x54R (inspiration for our own .30/06) has probably accounted for more kills than any other small arms cartridge in it’s 126 year history. Reports stated that during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Russian snipers liked the SVD’s semi-auto ability to make multiple kills quickly during ambushes. One thing that I noticed in the one photo that makes this a combat rifle instead of a ‘target’ rifle is the option of flip-up sights on the rail if the optics go out. Good design.