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The prototype of special small arms: an overview of WG036


The first prototype of the VSS Vintorez sniper rifle, well known today, was the RG036. The need for this kind of rifle was dictated by the goals and objectives of the special units of the Soviet Union.

Work began on the specified model of a special rifle weapons more than 40 years ago - in the 1970s. The main, as it is now customary to say, the customers were the special forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate and the State Security Committee of the USSR.

The prototype VSS "Vintorez" - RG036 - was created for a cartridge having a caliber of 7,62x39 mm. These are cartridges of the 1943 model, the development of which was completed in the post-war period.

As noted on the Lazarev Tactical channel, RG036 can be called the "great-grandfather" of all special small arms.
This variant of small arms, already at the first stages of testing, demonstrated a low noise level, as well as suitable armor penetration. Accordingly, these indicators could be refined, bringing them up to those that are considered to be the benchmark today.

A review of RG036 as a prototype of Vintorez is presented on the Lazarev Tactical channel.

From the review:

The dimensions of the product and its weight were "toy".

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  2. beeper
    beeper April 11 2021 20: 34
    Either in the "90s", or already in the "zero", the magazine "Master-Gun" (or "Weapon" ?!) published a photo of RG036, its collapsible wooden model (with a packing case) and a brief history of the creation of VSS " Vintorez "....
    Of course, it is very interesting to see the "zagashniki" of the experimental designs of TsNIITochmash and TsKIB SOO - in this regard, Konstantin Lazarev was lucky! wink
    It will be interesting to listen to an interview with Pyotr Ivanovich Serdyukov, since I think it is the most significant and, in many ways, original (
    as well as the underestimated Soviet "party and government"!) heir to the "Russian school of construction", of living, Soviet and Russian designers of small arms. winked
  3. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I April 12 2021 01: 25
    Thank you, of course ... really, I already had this video ... well, okay ... what now ... recourse
  4. Vadim Ananyin
    Vadim Ananyin April 12 2021 12: 28
    It would not be bad to talk about the life of the designers of these toys, after all, people and pieces of iron are seen in different ways in history.