Military Review

Russian hunting carbine RA-5

A new trend is currently being traced in the domestic arms market - rifles under a pistol cartridge are becoming increasingly popular among Russians. Such carbines are self-loading versions of popular models of submachine guns (Krechet, Saiga-9), while models that are based on foreign models appear on the market. An example is the RA-5 hunting carbine, which was introduced by Russkaya LLC armory company". This carbine is one of the variants of the popular and very famous German submachine gun Heckler & Koch MP5, the weapon is made for the common pistol cartridge 9x19 mm Para.

The Heckler & Koch MP5 (Maschinenpistole 5 - Submachine Gun, Model # 5) is a German family of submachine guns that were created by Heckler & Koch in the 1960s, based on a previous HK G3 development. Currently, the HK MP5 is one of the most common post-war submachine guns in the world, second in distribution and recognition, perhaps, only to the Israeli Uzi. Initially, it was created for the needs of the border guard of the Federal Republic of Germany, but rather quickly began to be used also in the German police, special forces of the Bundeswehr, in customs, etc.

The MP5 submachine gun automatics operates on the principle of a semi-free shutter, fire from the weapon is conducted from the closed shutter. Trigger trigger type, it provides shooting in a single and automatic mode. The fuse also serves as a fire mode interpreter at the same time. On the weapon it is located on the left side near the fire control handle. When the fuse is locked, the trigger and trigger are blocked, which is intended to ensure the safety of handling the weapon. Locking the bolt of the submachine gun in the forward position is carried out with the help of rollers, which simultaneously play the role of the accelerator of the bolt. This design, proposed by German gunsmiths, allowed to increase the accuracy of shooting. The weapon was mounted sight drum type: open or diopter (selected by turning the rear sight drum).

Since 1972, this model of the submachine gun has been shipped abroad, becoming, along with the G3 rifle, the export bestseller of Heckler & Koch. The weapon is adopted by police officers and special forces in more than 40 countries around the world. The reason for this popularity was not only the traditionally high German quality, accuracy, small dimensions and weight, but also the unification with the G3 assault rifle. Also, the submachine gun has managed to earn a reputation as an indestructible weapon, distinguished by outstanding reliability (with proper handling and care).

Thanks to the film industry and the computer games industry, this model of firearms has become truly iconic. Today it is difficult to find an American fighter or first-person shooter in which the MP5 submachine gun would not have been presented. Such popularity and fame of weapons pushed manufacturers to release self-loading civilian versions. The most famous at this time are the German SP 89, HK 94, Beitler Waffentechnik BWT 5, Oberlandarms OA5, Pakistani POF-4 and POF-5, Turkish T-94 ZSG, Swiss BT 96, in the campaign, in the campaign, in the campaign, in the campaign, in the campaign, in the template, in the template, in the template, in the template, in the template, in the figure, in the template, in the template, in the index of the X. 10. The appearance on the Russian market of a national civilian copy of the popular all over the world submachine gun was a matter of time.

In Russia, the Russian Arms Company from the city of Tarusa, Kaluga Region, began producing civilian copies of popular weapons. This company has been operating in the Russian civilian market since 2009. The company has the appropriate licenses for trade and production of weapons and ammunition, and, as indicated on its official website, works only with wholesale buyers. Initially, the company specialized in selling copies of historical weapons - blasting pistols, muskets, sabers and bayonets, as well as related accessories. There are in its assortment and weight and size models, as well as decommissioned weapons (cooled samples). All this is perfectly combined with the strategy of the Russian Arms Company LLC - working in the underdeveloped niches of the Russian arms market. In 2014, the company's specialists for the first time in the Russian Federation certified the mass production of copies of long-barreled firearms. In addition, she is engaged in the release of a hunting carbine RA-5 caliber 9х19 and a traumatic Stalker pistol. Also in 2014, the company successfully launched the production of 9mm PA traumatic cartridges.

Although the manufacturer officially calls the RA-5 a hunting carbine, online media reporters all4shooters.сom believe that this is not the main purpose of these weapons. Although it may be suitable for hunting medium and small animals at relatively short distances to 100 meters. Much more fans of the Russian copy of the MP5 submachine gun can be found among fans of recreational shooting (because of the relatively low price of ammunition), shooters-athletes involved in practical shooting, and collectors of copies of military weapons. In addition, the carbine may not be bad for home self-defense. It is worth noting that a similar model of Turkish production MKE T-94 SD A2, which is currently sold in Russia, is also declared as a hunting semi-automatic carbine. Only persons owning a license for a long-barreled rifled hunting weapon can purchase them.

The MP5 submachine gun is a kind of “champion” in the speed of opening fire, this feature makes the RA-5 especially interesting for shooters, representatives of security and security structures. This fact was at one time established by associate professor A. V. Stoltov, a researcher at the M. Kalashnikov Institute of Small Arms, who at one time spent a sufficient number of comparative experiments to determine the time needed to apply a weapon, remove the fuse, send the cartridge in the chamber, aiming, etc. He compared various modern models of automatic small arms: AK-74, M16, MP5, AUG and others. Studies have shown the fact that the shortest reaction time is inherent in the German MP5 submachine gun. For example, in an AK-74 vs. MP5 duel, the shooter with German weapons managed to make 3-5 shots before the shooter, armed with a Kalashnikov, was ready to open fire.

The self-loading hunting carbine RA-5 is the embodiment of the design of the famous German submachine gun, or rather its version MP5SD. The weapon is equipped with an integrated device for flameless and silent firing (lowers the sound pressure level to 70 dB). In addition to having only a single firing mode, the RA-5 differs from its combat equivalent by the presence of Picatinny slats, which are located on the upper part of the receiver, as well as on the shank: in the lower part, on the left and on the right side, as well as in a reduced capacity magazine On 10 cartridges (this is a shortened version of the store in accordance with the requirements of the Russian legislation), a standard-size store is also available to consumers, but in this case a capacity limiter will be installed in it.

At one time, the MP5SD submachine gun was created based on the design of the MP5A2 model. The weapon was originally intended for use by members of the police and army special forces. The new submachine gun was presented in three main versions - with a fixed or folding butt, or no stock at all (models MP5SD2, MP5SD3 and MP5SD4, respectively). The hunting rifle RA-5 is available to Russian consumers only with a permanent butt. From the usual MP5 submachine guns, the MP5SD variant was distinguished by the presence of an integrated silencer. Shooting from it was conducted by the same 9x19 Parabellum cartridges, which have a supersonic initial speed of a bullet. In order to reduce the initial speed to a subsonic level, in the walls of the MP5SD barrel, 30 holes were made, which are intended to divert a portion of the powder gases into the expansion chamber of the muffler.

At the same time, the muzzle device, which is installed on the Russian carbine RA-5, is in fact not an integrated silencer, since it does not have holes that reduce the speed of a bullet in the barrel. In the RA-5 model, the manufacturer indicates the value of the muzzle energy at the level of 570 J, which for the standard bullet 9x19 mm corresponds to the supersonic initial speed of its flight — more than 370 m / s. Whereas for models MP5SD indicators are respectively 380 J and 285 m / s. This is where the main differences between the models end.

Both the MP5 submachine gun and the Russian civilian version of the RA-5 use the 9x19 mm Parabellum cartridge, which is the most popular in the weapons world, or simply the 9x19 Para. Currently, the name 9x19 mm Para points only to the geometric dimensions of the cartridge, but there are more than two thousand different versions of it in the world. The sleeve of this cartridge can be bimetallic, steel, brass, plastic, and the bullet can be of any type, including plastic. The range of the Russian Armory Company includes traumatic cartridges of this caliber with an elastic striking element - a ball made of a thermoplastic elastomer, which has several advantages over rubber bullets. For example, it does not lose elasticity at temperatures up to -70 degrees Celsius. Ammunition of this caliber is produced in Russia in a variety of ways. For example, 9X19 PSO is a sports cartridge, which is serially produced by the Tula cartridge factory. The mass of his bullet - 7,46 g, the initial flight speed - 340 m / s.

Performance characteristics of the RA-5:
Caliber - 9 mm.
The cartridge - 9x19 mm Para.
Overall dimensions: length - 810 mm, height - 210 mm, width - 60 mm.
Weight - 3,1 kg (with unloaded magazine).
Maximum muzzle energy - 570 J.
Magazine capacity - 10 cartridges (short version or standard with a limiter).

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  1. Incvizitor
    Incvizitor 13 October 2016 15: 14
    As for me, clone mp 5 is not very suitable for hunting, probably only for such:
    Much more fans of the Russian copy of the MP5 submachine gun can be found among fans of entertaining shooting
    1. Armata
      Armata 13 October 2016 17: 24
      Saiga 410 is also not very suitable for hunting, but at one time the most affordable weapon is the share of protection (as well as IL 81). If, for the protection of housing, I do not have the right to store a service gun (the simplest IZH79 under a Kurtsev’s cartridge), please, buy a short-barreled Saiga 410. It is much more interesting to have such a machine at home than IZH27 and others like it.
      1. Incvizitor
        Incvizitor 14 October 2016 14: 07
        I think this tsatsa and in terms of accessibility will be a little expensive even in comparison with the "saiga" and "boar", but probably cheaper than the "tiger", although if you choose it seems even show-off "tiger" will prefer.
  2. Engineer
    Engineer 13 October 2016 15: 18
    everyone laughs at the "hunters" with the Saiga or the Vepr, and with that it will be a shame to even shoot turtledoves.
    1. mr.redpartizan
      mr.redpartizan 14 October 2016 10: 12
      Saiga and Vepr are good for protection because of the presence of a replaceable magazine for 8 rounds, but their large mass greatly interferes with running hunting. For hunting, semi-automatic shotguns with an underbarrel tube magazine for 4-5 rounds and weighing about 3 kg are best suited.
    2. Dinko
      Dinko 15 October 2016 13: 52
      All these amateurs like you dear? It is strange that in the American United States, a country literally littered with weapons of all kinds of brands and designs, there are many people who, if not strange, hunt with both Saiga and Boar. And in the competition of the famous magazine "Guns and Emmo" for 03 year one of the hunting variants of the Saiga took the 3rd place as the weapon of the year!
      1. tracer
        tracer 18 November 2016 19: 52
        Dear VO participant. You are right that saigas are sold in America 8 and it is popular. But there is a huge BUT. In America, such a thing as running hunting is practically absent. All private land is almost no remote corners and all types of hunting are strictly specialized. It is impossible to go on geese and shoot a turkey or a deer. In addition, hunters have very good hunting weapons from any of the most famous manufacturers. SAIGU WILL NOT BE BUYED FOR HUNTING (because I know) but to shoot in their garden. In addition, it is mainly young people who buy it because of the low price in comparison with eminent manufacturers. There are no other reasons for selling Saiga in the United States.
        1. Dinko
          Dinko 19 November 2016 06: 56
          In one of the programs about the American arms company, I don’t remember the name for one disabled veteran of Afghanistan specially modified Saigu for shooting with the left hand just for duck hunting and not for post-shootings as you say. So in life, anything happens and the program was on Discovery Channel .Yes, and for all of America you don’t say you live in Canada. Even in the states themselves, the picture is ambiguous and those who live in one of the states may not know what is happening in other cities of the same state.
  3. bunta
    bunta 13 October 2016 15: 50
    [quoteInstitute of small arms named after M.T. Kalashnikov] [/ quote]

    Where is this?

    "Hotnichy carbine" from a submachine gun, a heavy machine gun. Oops mess!
    1. Michael_Zverev
      Michael_Zverev 14 October 2016 07: 44
      What to do, you simply cannot have a weapon with us, so you have to make machine guns with hunting carbines, throwing knives with choppers, etc., etc.
  4. fzr1000
    fzr1000 13 October 2016 15: 58
    Wow, "carabiner" ... an interesting thing, the stopper can probably be pulled out of the store. Here is a review from 2014, although I haven't heard of them before.
    I confess ...
    I purchased this carbine in the SD version ...
    1. By manufacture ...
    The machine is made of real SD. Those. barrel, bolt, bolt, receiver with forend and butt from MP-5 with all sizes and more ...
    The barrel is short, original from SD, has holes to reduce the initial velocity of the bullet, i.e. shooting normal S&B 124 gr at the output you get the subsonic speed of the bullet)) I don’t know whether to be happy or upset ... The silencer body is empty, there are no giblets, but the sound of the shot is dull clicking, comfortable ...
    The stock with the A3 modification is placed without any problems, like a native, stores from the MP-5 without problems, both straight and curved.
    Native shutter with roller locking ... the self-timer stop was cut from the bolt frame, replacing the frame with the same part from MP-5, with the self-timer stop, is blocked by the installation of a locking stop in the receiver. Those. I don’t need to ask a question about skillful pens)) I don’t know, I don’t want to know ... There is a stop blocking the installation of the shutter frame with a self-timer stop and that’s it ...
    On the installation of the trigger, a device is implemented that blocks the installation of the trigger from MP-5, but again ... ALL THERE is native, just a little emphasis is welded ...

    The weapon passport is for the whole MP-5 family))

    2. By shooting. Loved the carabiner. The mass of the silencer body, the subsonic speed of the bullet, all this makes the shot very comfortable, I liked the shooting at a pace. You press yourself on the descent and press))
    The native diopter is the native diopter ... I set the bar and the collimator, but I need to shoot ... I'll do it in the week))

    The only negative price tag in 2014 was 90 tr.
    1. Ingvar 72
      Ingvar 72 13 October 2016 18: 32
      Quote: fzr1000
      Don't ask a question about skillful pens)) I don’t know, and I don’t want to know ..

      good You can’t sew up intent already! laughing
    2. gross kaput
      gross kaput 14 October 2016 19: 09
      Only this does not refer to "ROC" but to Turkish licensed clones of MP-5 from MKE, which were imported in large quantities and did not cost so much money, and it was the described version that was most popular among the people - in fact, a silent version of only a bank without filling - put the filling - and get a full-fledged MP-5SD
  5. Thompson
    Thompson 13 October 2016 16: 23
    In fact, I got this insanity: there was a caliber limitation for hunting, not less than 7.62 * 51.
    Would have already decided on the name-hunting or just for personal use-self-defense
  6. igorspb
    igorspb 13 October 2016 17: 34
    for hunting who is this device?
    1. fzr1000
      fzr1000 13 October 2016 19: 08
      Man in the city.
      1. ydjin
        ydjin 14 October 2016 09: 44
        Quote: fzr1000
        Man in the city.

        Alien man in the garden! laughing
  7. Cat
    Cat 13 October 2016 18: 36
    [quote = BARKAS] [quote = pencioner]
    It is better to remake the Maxim system machine gun laughing[/ Quote]
    Maxim machine guns are on sale for 200 000 r. alteration for single shooting.
    1. Uncle lee
      Uncle lee 14 October 2016 06: 50
      MP-38 and MP-40 "cut down" are sold as hunting carbines, but the price tag! ...
  8. colonel manuch
    colonel manuch 13 October 2016 21: 44
    A beautiful toy, would you buy one, only to hunt with whom?
    1. MarioG
      MarioG 14 October 2016 05: 58
      How on whom? To protect against a mammoth, treacherously penetrating into a foreign territory.
  9. lexx2038
    lexx2038 13 October 2016 22: 09
    I wonder who they enjoy it from. Hefty machine under the weak and expensive cartridge in our country. And to frighten geese, so I paddle across the water flatly louder slam. Entertaining for the rich? So they better buy the original themselves, and not a copy of the copy.
    1. mr.redpartizan
      mr.redpartizan 14 October 2016 10: 20
      The 9x19 mm PAIR cartridge has long been produced in Russia, its price is not very high. I don’t see any sense in taking PP MP-5 for hunting (like any other barrel under a pistol cartridge), so the conclusion is that it’s just a weapon for shootings and, for protection, the civilian version of the AK will be much better.
  10. MarioG
    MarioG 14 October 2016 06: 00
    It remains only to remake the iskander for single shots and all our elephants.
  11. gross kaput
    gross kaput 14 October 2016 19: 06
    Since when is the assembly of weapons from Turkish spare parts considered "production"? Ali "ROK" purchased stamping and injection equipment, a license and so on? - yes, it seems not, how was it a semi-garbage cooperative and such loud statements remained so?
  12. Phosgene
    Phosgene 15 October 2016 21: 17
    I'm not interested. For home self-defense, a shotgun is more suitable, and no one will carry such a `` fool '' with them, this is not a pistol. In general, this is very much an amateur and more likely for collectors than for practical use. In security structures, only a 9 by 17 cartridge is allowed, and there are enough weapons for it.
  13. Serzh_R
    Serzh_R 25 November 2016 15: 58
    In Russia, the production of a civilian copy of popular weapons took up the “Russian Arms Company” from the city of Tarusa, Kaluga Region.

    What about Heckler & Koch's copyright compliance?
    There is a license - there is quality.
  14. would
    would 24 December 2016 09: 26
    I am surprised by the surprise of people who laugh at the fact that this carbine is hunting.

    I remind you: The most free license for rifled weapons is hunting. But the weapons for this license must also be hunting. So it turns out that such a weapon is called hunting, it’s just another joke of our legislation.

    There is a second and last option, but neither the buyer nor the manufacturer will like it.

    Article 13 of the Federal Law "On weapons"

    Long-barrel sports firearms with rifled barrels and cartridges for it, as well as long-range hunting firearms with rifled barrels and cartridges for it, are entitled to purchase for sports by citizens of the Russian Federation who have been issued with a certificate confirming the sports rank in a sport associated with the use of sports firearms provided that they are high-class athletes in the specified sport or own a sporting smooth-bore long-barrel firearm for at least five years.

    Sports short-barreled firearms with rifled barrel and cartridges for it are eligible to acquire citizens of the Russian Federation who are high-class athletes and who have been issued a certificate confirming the sports rank in the sport associated with the use of such sports weapons.


    23) high-class athlete - an athlete with a sports rank and speaking at sports competitions in order to achieve high sports results;

    Well, if you dig further, it turns out that you need at least a sports MC for bullet shooting or biathlon to be able to buy a rifle under a sports license. Well, or 5 years to own a smoothbore under a sports license, but here, too, is not so simple.

    And hunting is obtained by almost any person and quite simply. So manufacturers are forced to carry out not hunting rifled as hunting. And the thing is to say the least outdated and bureaucratic legislation.
  15. BASIL 123
    BASIL 123 19 August 2017 14: 28
    Mosin’s rifle or carbine is good for hunting: the cartridges are inexpensive, though quite powerful, everything is very reliable. And this, I did not understand.