Military Review

Large-caliber MC-116M: Deadly Silence

The annual international “Army” forums held in the Moscow region, being a significant military, technical, political and even diplomatic event, always arouse great interest not only of specialists and politicians, but also of the media around the world.

The current “Army - 2018” was no exception. In a number of foreign publications, the first responses about some of the novelties, which were presented at the event and impressed the authors, have already appeared.

For example, InoSMI publishes a material written by David Humbling, a correspondent for Popular Mechanics magazine, on the new Russian silent sniper rifle MC-116М caliber 12,7 mm.

Large-caliber MC-116M: Deadly Silence

In his opinion, its design makes it possible to effectively solve the problem of suppressing the noise and flame of a shot; this is the most advanced version of one of the most deadly samples. weapons at the present stage of development of small arms.

Recall that the MC-116 M went into a series back in the 90-s of the last century, but was issued in small batches, entering into service only the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the FSB. In the basic version uses the standard for the Russian army rifle cartridge 7,62 x 54 mm and 10-charging shop from the SVD.

It was she who became the basis for the creation of a large-caliber rifle, which, as Humbling believes, can become the standard for a silent sniper weapon.

Earlier, the Vintorez automatic rifle with an integrated silencer, which effectively suppresses the sound of a shot and the muzzle flame, was recognized by many specialists as such. This weapon, created in 80-ies, has proven itself in wars and conflicts of the last three decades.

However, today a request has been formulated for a silent sniper complex (rifle - cartridge), which has a greater effective range of fire and is capable of hitting not only the enemy, protected by modern means of individual armor, but also lightly armored targets.

And 9x39 mm cartridges used in VSS, even in their armor-piercing version (SP-6, SPP and BP), are not only effective against the protected equipment and the most modern assault body armor, which are continuously being improved.

It should be noted here that the creators of silent weapons have to go between the "Scylla" - the need to use a subsonic cartridge, and the "Charybdis" - the need to ensure an acceptable range and effective work on the target.

Ways of solving this eternal dilemma are well illustrated by the creation of the first serial weapon with an integrated silencer De Lizl - an English magazine carbine with an integrated silencer, developed during the Second World War for the needs of British commandos and CAC.

Its creator, William Godfrey De Lizl, offered the military department a sample of the 5,6 mm caliber silent weapon. However, the effectiveness of this initially “silent” patron was recognized for combat use as insufficient. The second prototype was created under the 9-mm pistol cartridge. In the end, they stopped at the 45 ASR cartridge (11,43 × 23 mm) at a subsonic speed (270 meters per second) and a heavy 15 gram bullet.

Strictly speaking, the creators of the 116 mm MC-12,7 M caliber went the same way. The large weight of the bullet compensates for its low airspeed, allowing you to maintain the necessary striking effect at the stated distance of 300 meters. And also to ensure reliable destruction of targets. Moreover, the 12,7 × 55 mm SC-130 cartridge nomenclature includes a variant of increased penetration with a double-core armor-piercing bullet with UP-XS-130.

The weight of the bullet, depending on the type of cartridge, ranges from 50 to 76 grams (the weight of the bullet in the cartridge 9х39 - 16 grams), the initial speed is from 290 to 315 meters per second.

Externally, the large-caliber version is not particularly different from the conventional MT-116 M, although, undoubtedly, the modification of the rifle for such a powerful and overall cartridge required certain changes to be made to the design. What exactly, representatives of the Design Bureau of Instrument Engineering (KBP) them. Shipunova (company-developer), while not reported.

The new rifle, yielding an automatic BCC in the rate of fire, is far superior to it in accuracy, which is especially important for one hundred percent defeat of a small-sized target with the first and only shot, which is often necessary during an antiterrorist operation.

However, silent and flameless firing devices have long ceased to be an exclusive attribute of the anti-terror, army intelligence and special forces units. The so-called tactical silencers or sound moderators, which, even when using conventional supersonic cartridges, somewhat reduce the noise of shots and remove the muzzle flame, are becoming more and more common, even in conventional units.

Even fairly simple and cheap masquerading, reducing flash and changing the direction of the sound wave, significantly increase the chances of a fighter to survive in battle. The combatants in the Donbass on both sides in large numbers put such devices on their machines.

However, back to the MC-116M. David Humbling believes that in an urban setting the position of an arrow from this rifle will be almost impossible to detect. With some pathos, he calls the creation of large-caliber noiseless MC-116M “a significant and at the same time silent feat of gunsmith engineers”, believing that this event confirms Russia's status as a leader in the issue of silent weapon technology.

We also add that on the Army-2018 forum, other variants of this rifle were presented - modifications to the most popular worldwide sniper cartridges 7,62 x 67 mm (300 Winchester Magnum) and 8,6 x 70 mm (338 Lapua Magnum), and also for rifle 7,62х51mm (308 Winchester).

Such rifles occupy an intermediate position between sniper self-charges for conventional rifle cartridges with an effective range of fire up to 600 meters and large-caliber long-range rifles, such as the "anti-material" OSV-96 or Barrett M82. And such rifles, as the experience of recent armed conflicts shows, are in high demand not only in special forces units, but also in army snipers.

Although, of course, there is no such exclusivity as that of the noiseless MC-116.

Subscribe to our Telegram channel, regularly additional information about the special operation in Ukraine, a large amount of information, videos, something that does not fall on the site:

Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Chicha squad
    Chicha squad 3 September 2018 11: 36
    It turns out the exhaust was not very?
    1. CentDo
      CentDo 3 September 2018 12: 54
      Why do you think so? Does the TsSN FSB change the exhaust to the MTs-116?
    2. Note 2
      Note 2 7 October 2018 05: 34
      According to the editor of the magazine Kalashnikov Degtyarev, Exhaust is really not a good weapon and if you delve into the archives of the magazine you can find an article where detailed arguments are given.
  2. Theodore
    Theodore 3 September 2018 18: 35
    I take it! Wrap pzhlst!