Ukrainian Modified DShK with Buttstock, Picatinny Rail, and Bipod in Ground Role

WarLeaks recently published a video on their Youtube channel showing Ukranian Paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, 95th Separate Airmobile Brigade in a live fire range shooting modified DShKs. This footage is actually U.S. DOD footage shot during Rapid Trident 2017, a multinational (U.S., Ukranian) training exercise that took place in September of this year. However, this isn’t the first time this has been done in the Ukraine, with a video a year older showing volunteer forces training with the same modified DShK as in the War Leaks video.

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Ukrainian Xados Adds 14.mm Entry to Precision Rifle Line

From the Ukrainian company Xados that brought us the MG34 lookalike .50 BMG Rhino Hunter, now comes a 14.5x144mm anti-material rifle, recently at Arms and Security 2017 held in Kiev. The rifle manually loaded with each round by inserting a round into an open chamber, then pushing the bolt forward which locks via what appears to be a rotating mechanism with a cam that is visible from the chamber. The bolt itself is operated via a sort of M3 “Grease Gun” like charging toggle that is on the right side of the receiver. The company claims it is of a bulpup configuration because the chamber and bolt are behind the trigger guard. From the images at Arms and Security 2017, it appears that the bolt is locked via a 3 sectioned, multi-lugged system into the chamber.

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Upgraded Ukrainian AK-47, SVD and PKM Firearms

Ukrainian arms manufacturers released upgraded versions of AK-47 (AKM), SVD and PKM during Arms and Security 2017 exhibition held in Kiev, Ukraine in October. SVD and AK based rifles were introduced by Stiletto Systems and are called KSO-2008 and KO-016 respectively.

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Ukraine Starts Testing the WAC-47 Assault Rifle

Ukrainian state-owned defense corporation Ukroboronprom has announced that Ukraine starts testing the new modular AR-15 style rifles called WAC-47. Earlier we have reported about this intention and now the testing of this firearm has started.

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Canada May Help to Build a New Ammunition Plant in Ukraine

Ottawa Citizen reports that Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak has announced that he has been negotiating with Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan concerning the possibility of building a new ammunition plant in Ukraine with the help of Canada. The Ukrainian side wants Canada to get involved in the construction of the plant and later joint production of ammunition.

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Ukrainian Special Forces Precision Rifle Competition

Competing elements of the Ukrainian Special Operations Command came together recently to participate in a skill of arms testing precision rifle capabilities, teamwork, handgun marksmanship, care under fire, among numerous other skill sets often required by sniper teams in combat. Due to the diversity of uniforms, weapons, and equipment, it appears that each two man sniper team might have come from a different Ukrainian Special Operations unit. According to Wikipedia there are five such ground regiments (SoF regiment, not conventional) and one Naval regiment currently active in the Ukraine.

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Integrally Suppressed AK Gopak Rifle Demonstrated at Ukrainian Trials Grounds

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:

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Zbroyar Z-10 Rifles in Use by Ukrainian Forces, SF Interested

Several media outlets have reported that elements of the Ukranian Special Operations Forces are interested in procuring locally produced, Kiev based Zbroyar 7.62x51mm Z-10 rifles. The Z-10 is a locally manufactured AR10 derivative, spawning off a growing industry of Ukranian AR manufacturers in both 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm. We’ve covered the company’s 10.5″ SBR in a previous post, in addition to the rifles being suppressed and used by a possible Russian or even Ukranian PMC individual. Zbroyar is a private Ukranian company that has been in existence since 2004, focusing on a wide range of rifle applications. Currently, it appears that only some of the rifle components are being produced in-house, most likely the upper and lower receivers. Other than that, the rifles sport imported Magpul components, Adams Arms gas piston conversions, Daniel Defence rail systems, Hogue grips, and Tactical Systems suppressors from the Ukraine. Some photographs show the rifles with Nightforce scopes, Harris (or imitation) bipods, and interestingly enough, M-Lok machined forends.

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"We Use Coca-Cola to Clean Our Guns" – Grizzled Ukraine Army Vet Talks Shop in Video

Coke’s slogan is “Taste the Feeling”, but maybe in the Ukraine it should be “the Army’s Rust Remover!” instead. “We use Coca-Cola when the gun is rusty. Coca-Cola takes rust away” says Ukrainian Ground Forces machine gunner Oleg Yuzkovich about his trusty PKM machine gun, in an interview with 5 Kanal (Channel 5 Ukraine, embedded below.

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Review: Podavach Speed Magazine Loader

We first reported on the Podavach magazine loader in January this year, mentioning that it had some unique features in an industry saturated with “unique”. First and foremost, more than a simple magazine loader, it incorporates a multi-caliber design, with layout options for 7.62x39mm AKM patterned magazines, 5.45x39mm AK74 patterned magazines, .300 BLK and 5.56x45mm patterned magazines. The ability to not only load multiple calibers but more importantly the two most common rifle magazines so prevalent within numerous military, law enforcement, and civilian sectors isn’t something to not take lightly, given its potential.

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New Pistol called OPLOT made in Donetsk People's Republic

Firearm designers in Donetsk have developed a new handgun called Oplot. It is a hammer fired, short barrel recoiling, tilting barrel locking semi-auto pistol. It is pretty reminiscent of Tokarev pistol and looks like its modernized version.

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Polymer Disintegrating Belts for PKM Machine Guns

According to Ukrainian Industrial Portal, a company called RAROG (Kharkov, Ukraine) has developed a polymer made disintegrating belt for the PKM machine guns. The standard  PKM belts are non-disintegrating (the links are connected to each other) and they are made of metal. Polymer construction of the new belt should allow saving some weight.

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BREAKING: US Banned VEPR Due To Sanctions? Looks Like It!

The US Department Of Treasury released an update to the sanction list in connection to the Russian – Ukranian conflict today and it appears that as a result of the change to sanctions the US has banned VEPR rifles and shotguns from further import. Well not really banned, but United States based businesses are prohibited from doing business with Molot-Oruzhie going forward. I imagine that any products that have been purchased already and are in the process of import will be available for purchase, but anything past that will become very scarce like the Saiga rifles and shotguns several years ago.

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Ukrainian "Crook" Chassis for Mosin-Nagant Rifles

Ukrainian company called “Crook” (Крук – means “raven”) makes an aluminum chassis for Mosin-Nagant rifles. It fits all models of Mosin-Nagant rifles including the early ones with hexagonal receivers and doesn’t require any modifications to the rifle. Basically, you just remove the Mosin-Nagant wood stock and drop the action into this chassis.

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POTD: Petrykivka AK-74

Thanks to Hrachya H. for sharing this photo. The rifle appears to be an AK74. But it is the customized paint job that interests me. It looks a lot like the the Petrykivka painting style from the Ukraine. This style of painting is very colorful and flowery. It is used to decorate house walls and everyday household items. In that case an AK74 fits the bill. According to wikipedia, Petrykivka is typically painted on a white background, however contemporary painters are now painting on darker backgrounds such as black.

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