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Modular approach and high performance. Experienced rifle Lobaev Arms DXL-5 Havoc

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Experienced 12,7 mm rifle DXL-5


Last year, the Russian armory Lobaev Arms has announced its new development in the field of high-precision long-range rifles - DXL-5 Havoc. To date, this project has reached the stage of manufacturing and testing a prototype. A few days ago, the prototype rifle was shown to the public, and in addition, they talked about its features and new capabilities.

Ultra Long Range Sample


The name DXL-5 in June last year was first disclosed by the general director of the developer company Vladislav Lobaev. Then he said that the company was working on a promising sniper complex consisting of a rifle and a cartridge with increased precision fire range characteristics. It was planned to provide confident shooting at a distance of 3 km and a maximum range of up to 6-7 km.

Due to the pandemic, it was impossible to give an exact date for the completion of the work. A new rifle could appear and go out for testing by early 2021 or later. Unfortunately, the development really took a long time. So, in early July this year, V. Lobaev said that work on the DXL-5 is still ongoing. At the same time, he noted the possibility of starting factory tests in October or November.

Such plans were successfully fulfilled. At the end of October, Lobaev Arms published a short video with individual parts of an experimental rifle, which showed the ease of the slide. In the near future, it was planned to carry out a full assembly of the experimental DXL-5, combining the parts shown with others.

Modular approach and high performance. Experienced rifle Lobaev Arms DXL-5 Havoc

Weapons at the manufacturing stage

On November 19, an assembled experimental rifle was shown for the first time. They also revealed the key features of the project and its new capabilities. The performance characteristics of the product were not disclosed. At the same time, it was reported that the rifle was ready for testing. The check will take place in several stages, which will allow you to consistently work out several options for the execution of weapons.

Unfortunately for domestic fans of high-precision shooting, the new DXL-5 is still intended only for export deliveries. However, from the comments of the developers it may follow that in the future such weapons will be released on the Russian market.

Multi-caliber system


Earlier it was reported that the DXL-5 rifle will be able to use a new specially developed cartridge and will have increased range characteristics. According to the latest news, the project has even more interesting features, which will also have a positive effect on the final characteristics.

The main idea of ​​the DXL-5 project in its current form is to create a multi-caliber sniper complex capable of using different types of ammunition. So, the first prototype is capable of using the Soviet / Russian cartridge 12,7x108 mm and foreign 12,7x99 mm / .50 BMG. The development company notes that the DXL-5 became the first domestic sniper rifle under the .50 BMG. In addition, it turns out to be the first model in the world capable of using 12,7-mm cartridges of the Soviet and American types.


Lobaev Arms writes that the Havoc project involves the use of a total of six different ammunition. Two of them, having a caliber of 12,7 mm, are standard. It is also expected to work out four "much more delicious and never before seen" calibers.

Technical features


Externally and in design, the new Havoc rifle is similar to other products of the "counter-sniper" DXL series from Lobaev Arms. This is a traditional long-barreled weapon with magazine-fed ammunition and manual reloading. It is possible to install various sights and other equipment, for which there are strips. Also used is a folding stock, characteristic of rifles of the series, with several degrees of adjustment.

The DXL-5 rifle is built on the basis of a large and durable receiver of complex shape. It has mounts for the barrel, slide rails for the bolt, and a magazine shaft. The barrel is locked by turning the bolt. The trigger is of the trigger type and has traditional controls.

The Havoc project provides for the use of interchangeable barrels for different ammunition. Such barrels should have a similar external geometry and unified mounting means in the receiver. How exactly the barrel connects to the box has not yet been reported. Barrels differ from each other in the size and shape of the chamber, as well as in the caliber and cutting of the channel. The shown prototype received a muzzle brake-compensator and, probably, such devices will be used on barrels of all calibers.


How the compatibility of the bolt group with different cartridges is ensured is unknown. Probably, a common shutter with replaceable larvae is used. The latter should have cups of different sizes for each cartridge used.

Thus, the possibility of using different calibers / cartridges is provided by replacing literally a couple of key parts. However, the developer has not yet specified how quickly and easily such a replacement is carried out.

Promising solutions


The new development of Lobaev Arms is of interest, at least from a technical point of view. Multi-caliber systems capable of using different types of ammunition do not appear very often, and each such sample naturally attracts attention. In addition, there is already a rather interesting selection of cartridges, and new calibers and ammunition are promised.

It should be noted that the multi-caliber scheme is not an end in itself for the DXL-5 project, but is considered as a means of obtaining new capabilities and maximum combat characteristics. Thus, a universal platform was developed, on the basis of which samples of weapons can be created for a specific cartridge with the required parameters. At the same time, a high degree of unification is provided, which to a certain extent simplifies and reduces the cost of production.


From the point of view of operation, the DXL-5 complex is interesting for the choice of ammunition that best suits the tasks and requirements of the customer and / or the shooter. The rifle is already capable of using two main large-caliber cartridges, and the development company does not plan to stop there. Thus, the flexibility of the rifle in terms of application will increase.

What exactly calibers will be introduced in the new modifications has not yet been reported. At the same time, one should recall the news of last summer, when they first talked about "hitherto unseen" ammunition. Then it was reported that a completely new cartridge of increased size with an increased bullet speed would be created for the rifle. According to some estimates, a bullet of such an ammunition will be able to develop hypersonic speed, which will give a significant increase in accuracy and range characteristics.

Apparently, it is the new cartridge that will allow the Havoc rifle to fire at a record 6-7 km. Other cartridges, ranging from 12,7x108 mm or .50 BMG, have more modest characteristics, but will also allow you to shoot at significant ranges. Accordingly, rifles in different designs will cover a large range of ranges - depending on current needs and combat missions.

However, one should not forget that universality does not always justify itself. The combination of different functions and capabilities in one sample can lead to specific disadvantages and problems. The DXL-5 rifle has so far been made in only one caliber and is still undergoing the first tests. She has yet to show her efficiency and effectiveness in all planned options.


Another problem may be the developed "hypersonic" cartridge, due to which they will provide the maximum possible performance. The development of a new ammunition is always quite difficult and rarely goes without difficulties and problems. However, the expected increase in performance and the receipt of new combat capabilities will fully justify all efforts and costs.

In the process of implementation


Thus, the leading domestic manufacturer of high-precision systems has developed another interesting sample of weapons and has already brought it to testing. Unfortunately, the appearance of the experimental DXL-5 rifle was noticeably behind the previously announced dates, but the protracted wait was worth it. Previously, Lobaev Arms spoke only about the intention to increase the maximum firing range, and now we are talking about a rifle of modular architecture with the widest possibilities.

At the moment, the DXL-5 Havoc in the first version is out for testing and is demonstrating its capabilities in the original 12,7 mm caliber for two different cartridges. In the near future, it is expected that new modifications will appear for other ammunition, incl. for a previously announced product with record parameters. Each stage of testing will take some time, which will understandably affect the timing of the entire project. However, if successful, all the time and effort spent will fully justify themselves.
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  1. shinobi
    shinobi 23 November 2021 05: 33
    -1
    In short, not for the army. Not interesting.
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 23 November 2021 06: 05
      +7
      Well, why not for the army? Spetsura is also an army. Sometimes you need to shoot someone else's cartridge. Another thing is that she basically for export is scheduled. And in this regard, the question to the company - what is the devil on the rifle is written HAVOC ??? The vintar is Russian, so write the name in Russian !!! Let the language be taught, ignoramuses.
      1. Timeout
        Timeout 23 November 2021 07: 33
        -4
        Quote: NDR-791
        Another thing is that it is mainly planned for export.

        And there they will just take queues to buy this device ... Well, these are just Lobaev's wishes, because there is a product there that is cheaper and of better quality.
        1. NDR-791
          NDR-791 23 November 2021 07: 36
          +1
          Quote: Timeout
          And there they will take queues to buy this device ...

          Of course they won't. I'm not even trying to guess how much they will ask for it, and even if in the full version. Although judging by the prices for the civilian Orsis "load oranges in barrels" wassat
          1. Timeout
            Timeout 23 November 2021 07: 39
            -4
            Quote: NDR-791
            I'm not even trying to guess how much they will ask for it.

            He will ask, as always, for a weapon genius "unrecognized" by the world community!
          2. Vadim237
            Vadim237 23 November 2021 16: 18
            +1
            Within 4 million rubles will be kept within.
        2. Vadim237
          Vadim237 23 November 2021 16: 18
          0
          Cheaper and better quality - name these products.
      2. 28st region
        28st region 23 November 2021 07: 53
        +2
        So, the first prototype is capable of using the Soviet / Russian cartridge 12,7x108 mm and foreign 12,7x99 mm / .50 BMG.
      3. Skay
        Skay 23 November 2021 09: 28
        +5
        And in this regard, the question to the company - what is the devil on the rifle is written HAVOC ??? The vintar is Russian, so write the name in Russian !!!

        Yes, let them write: NAVOS. wink
      4. Alexfly
        Alexfly 23 November 2021 19: 32
        +1
        Private Pupkin, lying down, will aim at the enemy at 6 kilometers ... Lyapota, just like the EVN came up with a tale about 38 parrots (excuse me, snipers) - everything is under control, the adversary will not work! A rifle is a no brainer, for specialists ...
      5. Yarhann
        Yarhann 6 January 2022 01: 12
        0
        Rifles like these are the purest sport - not the army or special forces. They do not know how (and do not need) the wrong people to shoot not at 3 km, let alone at 5-6 km. Because the probability of completing a combat mission tends to 0 at such distances when performing it with small arms. Just watch the video of our shooters how they prepared shots at 4-5 km and everything will become clear that this is a refined sport.
        it is the same to expect that the Dakarovsie bollids Kamaz-Master can be used anywhere else except for races.
        1. this
          this 15 February 2022 17: 14
          -1
          Yes, there are a lot of armies and a kilometer, extremely rare targets at such a distance.
          1. Yarhann
            Yarhann 15 February 2022 20: 22
            0
            on the Razvedos channel there was recently an interview with the Sofa Sniper - he quite clearly and intelligibly told what and how is happening in real life
            1. this
              this 16 February 2022 10: 15
              -2
              Yes, this is not the first time they have already been told, and where they just didn’t tell why SVD is needed and there is no alternative for it yet and no alternative is foreseen, it’s just that everyone forgets every time, and even professionals, although a lot of text has already been written on all forums, and even on They filmed a bunch of programs about her on TV or she briefly appears, but again from the same position. But the campaign will be forgotten again.
      6. this
        this 15 February 2022 17: 12
        -1
        The army does not use this, the goals are not the same, it seems like only anti-terror. In the army, SVD or 12,7.
    2. 28st region
      28st region 23 November 2021 07: 58
      +4
      A dozen rifles were purchased by the Presidential Security Service and that's it. The rest is either abroad or as a hunting weapon for big money, but the queue is still worth it.
  2. nemez
    nemez 23 November 2021 05: 58
    0
    Most likely 14mm and maybe a new caliber will be made.
    1. 4thParasinok
      4thParasinok 5 January 2022 20: 34
      0
      what does 14 mm have to do with it if the article explicitly says that a new, longer sleeve is being developed to increase the speed of the bullet?
  3. Momento
    Momento 23 November 2021 06: 30
    -1
    but it looks sexy. looks cool
  4. FRoman1984
    FRoman1984 23 November 2021 07: 08
    0
    Alas, but a useless thing.
    Cartridges for .50 BMG are not produced in Russia, but in the segment of domestic weapons in the caliber of 12.7 rifles there are already enough rifles.
    1. Sergey Aleksandrovich
      Sergey Aleksandrovich 23 November 2021 11: 50
      +5
      From the site of the Tula Cartridge Plant.
      1. FRoman1984
        FRoman1984 30 November 2021 09: 42
        0
        TulAmmo cartridges can hardly be called high-precision. It's not about the Tula, but about the instability of the series of gunpowders they use. There are different speeds from batch to batch. The fact that you don’t care for a machine gun and an assault rifle is critical for a sniper rifle.
  5. Operator
    Operator 23 November 2021 07: 20
    +7
    "A rifle has a barrel, a box, a bolt, and a stock" - advertising article about nothing laughing
    1. Timeout
      Timeout 23 November 2021 07: 36
      0
      Quote: Operator
      advertising article about nothing

      And when did Lobaev have something? They set "world" records for range, but in fact only records for cost.
      1. kytx
        kytx 23 November 2021 07: 58
        +2
        IMHO Lobaev has two goals to promote his weapons abroad and push through the order in our Defense Ministry and special services.
        So far, it's not working out very well.
        There are too many eminent and intelligible competitors.
        1. Timeout
          Timeout 23 November 2021 08: 04
          -3
          Quote: kytx
          IMHO Lobaev has two goals to promote his weapons abroad and push through the order in our Defense Ministry and special services.
          So far, it's not working out very well.
          There are too many eminent and intelligible competitors.
          This is indeed the case. And nothing will shine for him abroad.
      2. Alex777
        Alex777 23 November 2021 22: 44
        0
        Read how Ronnie Barrett got started ... hi
  6. Skay
    Skay 23 November 2021 09: 21
    +3
    "Navos"? Here they are - marketing geniuses! laughing

    Okay, let there be a devastator. In short, this is not for our market.
    1. SKVichyakow
      SKVichyakow 23 November 2021 14: 54
      0
      Quote: Skay
      "Navos"? Here they are - marketing geniuses! laughing

      Okay, let there be a devastator. In short, this is not for our market.

      And what about our market?
      1. Obliterator
        Obliterator 23 November 2021 21: 54
        +1
        Quote: SKVichyakow
        And what about our market?

        And what is cheap is roughly cobbled together, and what needs to be refined to a working condition with a file. Our people love it.
        1. SKVichyakow
          SKVichyakow 24 November 2021 09: 49
          0
          Quote: Obliterator
          Quote: SKVichyakow
          And what about our market?

          And what is cheap is roughly cobbled together, and what needs to be refined to a working condition with a file. Our people love it.

          In short SVD. Understood.
          1. this
            this 15 February 2022 17: 17
            -2
            And so far there is nothing better for the army, the point is in the cartridge, and not in the rifles. The automatic machine is preferable for them.
  7. beeper
    beeper 23 November 2021 09: 59
    +7
    The trigger mechanism - trigger type "

    This is how to understand - "the water is watery, ice is icy, barrel-barrel type, bolt-gate type, ...", or what ??! what
    So I see that the trigger type there is a striker type, NOT a trigger type. wink
    And so, in order to shoot at a distance of 3-7 km from a large-caliber rifle, along a hinged trajectory, a side goniometer is most likely needed (since the field of view of an optical sight attached to the top of the receiver will overlap with the barrel raised up !!!) calculator and a spotter to "take the target" into the fork (if the "target" does not "rock the boat" under fire, it will freeze in a stupor from such impudence and will wait motionlessly when the "long-range sniper" will "target" it, at least the third or fifth shot will smack a bullet somewhere nearby) ... winked
    IMHO, this is all "dear show-off from Lobaev" for the rich "fraer"! smile
    1. beeper
      beeper 23 November 2021 10: 31
      +2
      And further! With a "hypersonic initial velocity of a large-caliber bullet" what will be the resource of the "sniper barrel" channel ?! what
      So I understand that it should be a "smoothbore" with a feathered (perhaps with a newfangled "adjustable"? "smoothbore accuracy") ??! winked
      And the same will happen with the "ultra-long-range" 180-mm naval guns of the Soviet cruisers of the 26 and 26-bis project, the barrel of which was very quickly "shot" and became unusable!
      Lobaev would take an example from his British colleague, also an athlete-"rifle" who founded the company "Akyuresi International" army and police, and for civilian hunters!
      IMHO
  8. SID
    SID 23 November 2021 11: 23
    -1
    Aesthetics at the highest level. Harmonious connection of the Russian maxim of manufacturability and the European paradigm of maximum functionality.
  9. Undecim
    Undecim 23 November 2021 11: 39
    +4
    It was planned to provide confident shooting at a distance of 3 km and a maximum range of up to 6-7 km.

    The question is - who needs a rifle with a "maximum range of 6-7 km" and why? And who is the refrain about "confident shooting at 3 km" for?
    By the way, the DShK machine gun has a "maximum range" of 7 km.
    1. Yarhann
      Yarhann 6 January 2022 01: 15
      0
      for shooting sports, as it were, a similar weapon. take an interest in its development and all questions will disappear, of course, that such refined barrels are not needed for the army and not for special forces.
      1. Undecim
        Undecim 6 January 2022 01: 33
        0
        This has the same relation to shooting sports as competition for throwing cow cakes to throwing a javelin.
        1. Yarhann
          Yarhann 6 January 2022 01: 53
          0
          until before, of course, of course you are clearly a champion in shooting sports and have a lot of records and trophies)))
          SVLK-14S "Dusk", manufactured by Lobaev Arms.
          Andrey Rybinsky is a professional ultra-long-distance shooter, his team's record was 4210 m, it was 2017.
          1. Undecim
            Undecim 6 January 2022 08: 38
            +1
            before until of course you are obviously a champion in shooting sports

            No, not a champion. CCM only.
            Andrey Rybinsky is a professional ultra-long-distance shooter, his team's record was 4210 m, it was 2017.

            Leland Searcy is a professional cow cake thrower. His record is 546 meters, no one has been beaten since 1979.
            1. Yarhann
              Yarhann 6 January 2022 09: 52
              0
              you compare yourself with Leland Searcy, it is commendable - someone throws shit farther than you shoot))) but you and your association are all ahead of you. Andrei Ryabinsky is not a member of sports associations and he will never be a CCM - only he and his team can get to 4210m, as well as win in various high-precision shooting competitions, but you are not))).
              PS. To win is to take the first places. CCM)))
              1. Undecim
                Undecim 6 January 2022 13: 58
                0
                compare yourself to Leland Searcy

                No, I am comparing you to the fact that he rushes. And the comparison is not in your favor. Read Eiji Mikage. Maybe this will help you. Happy holiday to you.
                1. Yarhann
                  Yarhann 6 January 2022 20: 51
                  -1
                  that all the couch athlete has merged))) a gray-haired schoolboy merges rudely.
                  Before entering into a discussion and pouring mud over everyone, take an interest in the issue of discussion) CCM))).
                  PS. Discussion about Lobaevsky high-precision rifles)))
  10. hostel
    hostel 23 November 2021 11: 47
    +4
    People deserve respect. They operate in a highly competitive market.
  11. Ramon Mercader
    Ramon Mercader 24 November 2021 14: 24
    0
    Well, as if the next step (it is also the last) in individual small arms is 14.5 * 114. So the super-duper cartridge will most likely be 12.7 * 114, by the way, Lobaev was not the first to invent it. But 3 km of confident hit is, as the dwarves say, "already Erebor." It will probably be possible to get in, but the term "confidently" is hardly appropriate here.
  12. The Phenom
    The Phenom 4 December 2021 14: 24
    0
    The number of ignoramuses in the comments is striking ... But why all this, show-off and so on, look at the successes of Macmillan, Cadex or the same AI, and maybe then you will understand that such a rifle is not a show-off, but a tool corresponding to realities.
  13. MauZerR
    MauZerR 13 January 2022 16: 23
    0
    For army snipers, a very suitable system. Namely snipers, not Marksmen with SVD. But given Lobaev's problems with the National Guard (obviously someone liked his candle factory), one should not expect such a weapon in the army.
    1. this
      this 16 February 2022 10: 17
      -2
      And why the hell is she with them, for antlers or what?
  14. moscowp
    moscowp 8 February 2022 10: 30
    0
    I don't know how it shoots, but it's beautifully done!
    In any case, success to the team and their hard work!
  15. MauZerR
    MauZerR 5 March 2022 12: 45
    0
    Quote: tohoto
    And why the hell is she with them, for antlers or what?

    For high precision shooting. For this, nothing better than bolts has yet been invented.
  16. IVZ
    IVZ April 3 2022 10: 43
    +1
    Almost all rifles of this company have excellent accuracy characteristics and advertising show-offs. And, at the same time, unfinished designs, causing the presence of a large number of delays when firing. And the quality of workmanship, unfortunately, is not always stable. It's a pity. And the equipment is not bad and there is an understanding of the subject.
    1. Leomobil
      Leomobil April 4 2022 02: 21
      +1
      I beg you, Gavniral designer by education PHILOSOPHER, that is, a PR man, tryndet this we can. I agree that the trunks are good from the word the best in our swamp, you can’t say anything here. Orsis, with his slogan "High-precision production", learned how to make individual parts, and rifles are an order of magnitude worse than those of Lobaev. And then on the contrary, VIPs are obtained, but the series is not. As in the song "Wouldn't you go to the soldiers VANEK ..." soldier laughing
      1. IVZ
        IVZ April 4 2022 22: 28
        0
        Disagree about ORSIS. They sometimes get just a weapon, and not a sports equipment or a toy. Friends at TsNIITOCHMASH said that they repeatedly suggested that Vlad test his products and develop recommendations for fine-tuning the samples. Didn't agree. Well, who is his doctor.