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10 Best Soviet Weapons

10 Best Soviet Weapons



number 10 is the svt-40 it's a soviet semi-automatic rifle put into service in 1940 the SVT is a gas operated with a short stroke spring-loaded piston above the barrel and a tilting bolt this configuration gained wider acceptance later in the g43 and the FN FAL the receiver was open top which enabled reloading of the ten round magazine using five round Mosin Nagant stripper clips fairly advanced features for the time where the adjustable gas system muzzle brake and telescopic sight rails milled into the receiver when the Germans attacked the svt-40 was already in widespread use but eventually the production was ceased in 1945 with total production slightly over one and half million rifles by Soviets were used to 1955 also was used by others but those rifles were mostly captured like Finland had almost 20,000 of them which were used to 1958 number 9 is the RPD created in 1945 it was the very first gun chambered in the intermediate 7.62 by 39 millimeter round and it's a precursor of most squad automatic weapons the RPG is firing from an open bolt using a gas-operated long-stroke piston system and a locking system recycled from the obsolete at that time the DP machine gun the RP d feeds from two combined belts containing total 100 rounds what are stored in a metal container also if required it can be fed from more than that it has been used by many countries of the world through the Cold War and it remains in active service in many African and Asian nations until today apart from the former Soviet Union the weapon was manufactured in China Egypt North Korea and Poland in the USSR was finally replaced by the RPK in 1960s number eight is the tt-33 it's a semi-automatic pistol developed in the early 1930s by phaidor Tokarev as the new service pistol for the Red Army it was meant to replace the noggin to revolver but eventually it never completely did externally it is very similar to the blowback operated FN model 1903 handgun and internally it uses the short recoil tilting barrel system from the m1911 pistol in other areas differs more from Browning's designs most tt-33 s were issued to officers it was widely used by Soviet troops during World War two and later by the Warsaw Pact and other Asian or African countries almost two million were built in the Soviet Army it served until 1952 when it was replaced by the Makarov service pistol number seven is the SKS it's a Soviet semi-automatic gas operated tilting bolt rifle chambered for the 7.62 by 39 millimeter round designed in 1943 by sergei seaman if the SKS was manufactured by the russians from 1949 to the year 1958 and was also licensed for production by the Eastern Bloc nations resulting in over 15 million rifles built in the USSR it was in service as a primary rifle to the early 1950s but in other countries around the world it remained in service for decades it is still used as a ceremonial firearm today the SKS is popular on the civilian surplice market as a hunting and marksmanship semi-automatic rifle in many countries including the United States and Canada it's agent numbers make it relatively inexpensive to purchase and steel-cased 7.62 by 39 millimeters ammunition is one of the least expensive centerfire cartridges currently on the market number six is the SVD dragunov it is a semi-automatic gas operated rifle with a short-stroke gas piston system chambered in 7.62 by 54r meter round and fed from standard 10 round box magazine the rifle has a manual to position gas regulator and also features an external safety similar to the ak-47 the Dragunov was selected as the winner of a contest that included three other competing designs after extensive field tests of the rifles conducted in a wide range of environmental conditions resulting in dragunov rifle being accepted into service in 1963 in 1964 cereal production was carried out by yes mash later called the Kalashnikov concern since then the Dragunov has become the standard squad support weapon of many countries of the former Warsaw Pact and irregular forces worldwide as well licensed production was established in China and Iran by many armies highly regarded and still used nowadays number five is the Makarov it's a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9 millimeter Makarov round and put into service in 1951 replacing the tt-33 it's a medium sized pistol using straight blowback action all steel construction with frame fixed barrel that design was chosen because it's simpler and more accurate than other designs the general layout and field-strip procedure of the Makarov is similar to that of the PP pistol however the designers drastically simplified the construction of the handgun improving reliability and reducing the part count to only 28 including the standard eight round box magazine all of the individual parts have been optimized for mass production robustness and interchangeability partially thanks to captured German dueling technology and machinery it was the primary sidearm of the USSR and the Warsaw Pact throughout the entire Cold War and the number four is the ppsh-41 it's a selective fire submachine gun introduced in 1941 using open bolt blowback action can be loaded with either 35 round bucks or 71 round drum magazine and fires the powerful 7.62 by 25 millimeter Tokarev pistol round the PPSh is capable to fire thousand rounds per minute it's very fast in comparison to most other military submachine guns of that time the pep Asha is a durable low-maintenance weapon made of low cost easily obtained components primarily stamped metal and wood the PPS a champ at use during the World War two and Korean War actually thanks to its firepower the Soviets experimented to use it in a close air support and II personnel role mounting dozens of submachine guns on the tupolev to around six million was manufactured number three is the PK machine gun it's a general-purpose machine gun introduced in 1961 to replace the SG M&R P 46 machine guns in soviet service the PK and it's modernized version the PKM introduced in 1969 are gas operated similar to the AKM assault rifle but the bolt and the bolt carrier are oriented upside down compared to the AKM however unlike the AKM PK machine gun series is an open bolt design which improves heat management during automatic fire compared to closed bolt designs and helps avoiding the dangerous phenomenon known as cook-off the PK is fed from non disintegrating metal belts typically for soviet machine guns it feeds from right and ejects spent cases on the left side of the weapon contrary to the Western machine guns over 1 million have been built now remains in use as a front-line infantry and vehicle mounted weapon with Russia's Armed Forces and also in many other countries number two is the rpg-7 it's a shoulder fire grenade launcher originally designed in the Soviet Union by Basalt company and put into service in 1961 the launcher is reloadable 40 millimeters in diameter and weighs 7 kilograms the middle of the tube is wood wrap to protect the user from heat and the end is flared to help in blast shielding and recoil reduction sights are usually optical with a backup iron sight and passive infrared also night sights can be mounted its simplicity affordability and effectiveness has made it the most widely used anti-armor weapon in the world also it's available a paratrooper model called the RPG 7d which can be broken into two parts for easier carrying currently about 40 countries the weapon it's popular with irregular and guerrilla forces the RPG has been used in almost all conflicts since the mid nineteen sixties to this time number one is the ak-47 it's a selective fire gas operated assault rifle designed to be an idiot-proof reliable and could be manufactured quickly and cheaply in large numbers the ak-47 uses a long-stroke gas system what is generally associated with great reliability in very rough conditions the fire selector is a large lever located on the right side of the rifle it acts as a dust cover and prevents the charging handle from being pulled fully to the rear when it's on safe in 1959 a redesigned version designated the AKM was introduced it used a stamp sheet metal receiver and featured a slanted muzzle break on the end of the barrel to compensate for the muscle rise under recoil in addition a hammer retarder was added to prevent the weapon from firing without the bolt being fully closed during rapid or automatic fire also version with folding metal stock is available called the AKMs the magazine capacity varies from 5 to 75 rounds you


Reader Comments

  1. Where is PTRS-41??I have that beast-and it is really the best!Although I had to modify it but it is still the best!

  2. Where is APS Stechkin blyad!!??
    And there is no such thing as AK-47 in production!! The one and only prototype of Mikhail Kalashnikov AK-47 located in museum!
    What people call AK-47 are AK and AKM.

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