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AS Val



Overview


AS Val

Right side view of AS Val with PSO-1 scope.
Source: KardeN - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Assault rifle
Entered service
1987
Status
In service
Development
Mid 1980's - Late 1980's
Developer
Soviet Union - TsNIITochMash
Production
Late 1987 - present
Producer
Soviet Union - TOZ
Russia - TOZ
Unit cost
About $ 1.800 in 1990's
Designations
6P30 (GRAU index)
AS / Avtomat Specialnyj
Russian for "special automatic rifle"
Val
Nickname, Russian for "shaft"

Description


Introduction

The AS Val is a silenced assault rifle of Soviet origin. It was developed in the 1980's to be used in urban combat and the reconnaissance role. The name AS stands for "Avtomat Special'nyj", which is Russian for "special automatic rifle". The nickname "Val" means "shaft" and refers to the prominent silencer. The AS Val stems from the VSS Vintorez silenced sniper rifle and has a 70% parts commonality.

Design

The AS Val is based on a Kalashnikov receiver and uses a similar long stroke gas mechanism. The large box magazine holds the 9x39mm round which was developed specifically for this weapon. The most striking feature of the AS Val is the long integrated silencer with small polymer forearm. A metal tubular folding stock sets the AS Val apart from the VSS Vintorez. Standard Kalashnikov type iron sights are fitted. Various type of optical sights may be fitted.

Firepower

The AS Val fires the powerful subsonic 9x39mm round that was specifically designed for this weapon. 20 round magazines are most common, although 10 or 30 round models are available. The fire selector allows for semi-automatic fire and automatic fire at 900 rpm. The maximum effective range is 400 meters, although 200 to 300 meters is the practical range.

Users

The AS Val is used by various reconnaissance and special elements of the Russian armed forces. It has also been adopted by various law enforcement and internal security units. In various recent internal conflicts the AS Val proved to be very suitable for urban combat.

Details


AS Val

Left side view of AS Val fitted with PSO-1 scope, forward grip and tactical light.
Source: KardeN - © copyright lies with original owner

The AS Val is a silenced assault rifle. It is produced in only one version, although the VSS Vintorez silenced sniper rifle may be considered a variant as it shares 70% of the parts. The AS Val is easily identified by the long integrated silencer, Kalashnikov receiver, large box magazine, short black furniture and tubular folding stock. It is often used without optics, although reddot sights, 4x PSO-1 scope or night vision optics may be fitted.

Facts AS Val
General
Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Assault rifle
Caliber
Caliber
9x39mm Soviet
Feed system
20 round box
10 and 30 round available
Barrel length
200 mm
Muzzle velocity
295 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, long stroke gas piston
Locking
Rotating bolt
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
800 - 900 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Side folding
Length
875 mm stock extended
615 mm stock folded
Width
40 mm
Height
205 mm
Weight
2.5 kg empty without scope
3.54 kg with magazine and PSO-1 sight
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights, post front and sliding notch rear
Optical
Optional, side mount on lower receiver
Accessories
Suppressor
Integral silencer

Media


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VSS Vintorez

The AS Val has many parts in common with the VSS Vintorez silent sniper rifle.