The sniper rifle CB-98 was created on the basis of the Record-CISM sporting rifle, but the weapon can be considered to be actually created from scratch, since labor was invested in it no less than when creating a completely new model. The weapon was developed under the leadership of Vladimir Stronsky, like a rifle, superior in its accuracy to the widespread SVD, which in general was not a difficult task, provided that the SVD was self-loading, and the SV-98 was a “bolt”. The weapon comes in two versions, chambered for 7,62x54R and .308 Win, according to the manufacturer, the accuracy of the rifle itself allows you to fire with accuracy of 0,5 MOA, but this is subject to the use of ideal ammunition, which always causes problems.
By itself, the rifle is a regular magazine "bolt". The appearance of the weapon is not the same as in most modern models, and recalls the sporting roots of a rifle, but this does not adversely affect the usability, but rather the opposite. Butt CB-98 has the ability to adjust along its length, as well as the height of the cheek support. The magazine is inserted into the receiver, cut out in the rifle's box, with only its small part coming out, thereby creating the feeling that the magazine is located at a sufficiently large angle relative to the barrel of the weapon. The weapon is equipped with folding, height-adjustable bipod, in addition to them, under the butt can be located another, third. To carry the weapon on the right side of it, a handle can be put upward, or an ordinary belt can be used.
Separately, it should be said about the rifle barrel. It is made by cold forging technology, the bore of the weapon is not chrome plated. Barrel free-hanging, does not touch the weapon anywhere except at the junction with the receiver. A flame arrester, a noiseless firing device can be mounted on the muzzle cut, or the sleeve can be screwed on. It is interesting that a lot of where it is said that supposedly this sleeve creates some resistance at the muzzle, which increases the accuracy of shooting. It seems to me that the accuracy of shooting increases due to the fact that the flame arrester does not have a negative effect on the bullet, and not because the muzzle is deformed or some kind of "stress" is created. This is confirmed by the fact that when using PBS, which, by the way, is available in the original set of weapons, the accuracy is higher than when using a flame arrester. Accordingly, it can be concluded that the flame arrester of the rifle is not the most successful design.
The mass of weapons without optical sight and ammunition is 5,5 kilogram. Shops are double row, with a capacity of 10 cartridges. The length of the weapon is 1270 millimeters, with the barrel length 650 millimeters. The manufacturer himself declares the maximum range of effective fire at a distance of 1000 meters, but then everything depends on the ammunition. The weapon has open sights, and the adjustable rear sight has the ability to adjust with a step of 100 meters to a distance of 600 meters.
In general, the weapon was initially quite good, let's see what was changed in it. And the change in the rifle is not so much. First of all, they added new fastening strips for additional devices. They added a normal pistol grip, and accordingly changed the butt. The flame arrester was modified, as well as a silent shooting device, but no one touched the base of the weapon, it remained completely the same as it was
It seems to me that all these changes were aimed only at the fact that the CB-98 rifle would become competitive in the foreign market, that is, the weapons are actively being prepared for export, which is a little sad. I am more than confident that if the need to modernize weapons was dictated by the domestic consumer, then it would have been produced at best in 5-10 years after the requirements had been formulated. In the military environment, this weapon was not distributed as it will not be. For themselves, "staked out" CB-98 FSB, the Ministry of Justice, and so on, and in fact such an addition would fit perfectly well to the already proven SVD.