BREAKING: Kalashnikov Concern Introduces New SVK Semiautomatic Designated Marksman's Rifle

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

As part of Kalashnikov Concern’s new product rollout for the Russian government’s ARMY 2016 military technology conference, the company has announced a new designated marksman’s rifle, named the SVK. Earlier this year, an article in showed off a Kalashnikov Concern design called “SK-16”, but an anonymous source told TFB that development of that rifle has ceased, due to problems with the design, and the new SVK will be taking its place. The SVK uses similar receiver architecture to the Kalashnikov Concern MA, also announced this week, with a steel upper receiver spine supporting a Picatinny-type rail and providing a guide rod for the operating group, as well as rigidity for the whole firearm. The rest of the receiver is made of polymer (aluminum on the prototypes), and contains the fire control group and the magazine housing.

The SVK is being introduced in two calibers, 7.62x54mmR and 7.62x51mm NATO, and rifles chambered for the former will use standard SVD magazines. According to the KC press release, the rifle uses a short-stroke gas piston, three-lug rotating bolt, and has a gas regulator with a provision for suppressed operation, all of which sounds very Dragunov.

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Kalashnikov’s press release states that the SVK was developed at the request of Russian special operations forces, which isn’t a surprise since the demand for a modern designated marksman’s rifle is apparently so great that Russian SF have been seen using foreign rifles like the HK417.

Nathaniel F
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. He can be reached via email at

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  • Eric B. Eric B. on Sep 10, 2016

    OK, as one who participates in long range rifle competitions I gotta ask, IS THIS RIFLE AT LEAST MOA ACCURATE ?
    To paraphrase a famous gun writer, "The only interesting rifles are accurate rifles."

    There is no LOP stock adjustment but it does have a long Picatinny-type rail for adding, as shown, night vision optics and some other modern features like an adjustable cheekpiece.

    Also, what quality is the issued Russian scope? Is it at least as good as, say, my Bushnell Tactical ERS 3.5 - 21 X 50? What are its features? (i.e reticle type, zoom range, parallax (target focus) adjustability, lenses fully multicoated, etc.??)

    This new designated Marksman rifle and new assault rifle shows the Russians have been paying close attention to Western armies' firearms developments. I have read that Russia even purchases long range bolt rifles from Sako in Finland, likely in .338 Lapua Magnum.

    Now if the US would only get rid of its AR assault rifles and catch up with a SCAR or ACR in 6.5 Grendel. Of course NATO would need to approve the new cartridge, which, incidentally, is based on a Russian cartridge case!!

    • Orpheus Epiphanes Orpheus Epiphanes on Sep 26, 2016

      @Eric B. It clearly *does* have a LOP adjustment, look at the pictures again and you'll see the stocks in different positions

  • Les Les on Sep 11, 2016

    Reminds me of a FAL.