Integrally Suppressed AK Gopak Rifle Demonstrated at Ukrainian Trials Grounds

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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 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 nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.

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  • Mike Mike on Aug 01, 2017

    I would like an inexpensive bolt gun in 7.62x39. Savage. or Ruger Range rifle.

    • Henry C Henry C on Aug 02, 2017

      @Mike Your best option for a 7.62x39 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 Plutarh on Aug 01, 2017

    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.

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