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KBP 9A91

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Russia

  • NICKNAMES
    6V8 (GRAU index for VSK-94)

  • DESIGNED
    1990 - 1991 (9A91)
    1994 (VSK-94)

  • DESIGNER
    KBP Tula

  • PRODUCTION
    1993 - present (9A91)
    1994 - present (VSK-94)

  • PRODUCERS
    Russia - KBP Tula

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    9A91 is reportely less costly than AS Val or SR-3M.
    VSK-94 is cheaper to produce than VSS Vintorez.

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very compact weapon
    Powerful at short range
    Fires subsonic ammunition
    Limited effective range
    Automatic fire difficult to control
    Less capable as sniper rifle than VSS

Introduction

The 9A91 is a modern sub machine gun of Russian origin. It was developed in the early 1990's as a compact weapon with superior short range firepower. The VSK-94 is a short range sniper rifle based on the 9A91.

Design

The 9A91 is gas operated weapon with long stroke gas piston and roting bolt. It is a steel weapon with the pistol grip and forearm made of polymer. A sliding fire selector lever is located on the right and bracket for mounting optics can be found on right. A long suppressor can be added on all but the earliest models. The metal shoulder stock can be folded over the receiver, making the 9A91 even more compact than the SR-3M.

Firepower

The 9A91 fires the 9x39mm subsonic ammunition from a 20 round magazine. This round is very effective at short range. The magazine is not compatible with AS Val and VSS. The cyclic rate of fire is 700 to 900 rpm, making it difficult to control. The maximum effective range is about 200 meters with optics. The practical range is about 100 meters.

Users

The 9A91 is used mostly by law enforcement units in Russia and in several nations that have close ties with Russia.

Variants

9A91

9A91: The 9A91 is very compact sub machine gun that fires the powerful 9x39mm round. It is easily identified by its small size, large steel magazine and slim polymer forearm.

There are no real variant other than the VSK-94, although the production model was updated several times. The earliest model had no scope bracket, a left side mounted rotating fire selector and featured an AKM style muzzle device. The improved production model featured the left side scope bracket, sliding fire selector and a muzzle than can accept a suppressor. The currect production model features a larger ribbed handguard.

  • Specifications:
  • 9A91
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x39mm Soviet
Magazine20 round detachable box
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston and roting bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire700 - 900 rpm
Barrel length?
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity270 m/s
StockFoldable
Length605 mm / 383 mm
Width44 mm
Height190 mm
Weight2.1 kg empty without optics, 0.7 kg for loaded magazine
SightsIron sights, 100 and 200 m gradations, optional optical sights
Remarks-

VSK-94

VSK-94: The VSK-94 is a short range sniper rifle based on the 9A91. It features a detachable fixed skeleton buttstock with rubber pad. A suppressor is fitted as standard. The development of the VSK-94 resulted in the improved production model 9A91 since a scope mount on the left side of the receiver was required. The VSK-94 is regarded as inferior to the VSS, but useful for short range urban combat.

TypeSniper rifle
Caliber9x39mm Soviet
Magazine20 round detachable box
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston and roting bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire700 - 900 rpm
Barrel length?
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity270 m/s
StockFixed (detachable)
Length932 mm
Width44 mm
Height192 mm
Weight2.8 kg empty without scope, 0.7 kg for loaded magazine
SightsIron sights, 100 and 200 m gradations, optional optical sights
Remarks-

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