Russian manufacturer Tula Arms, maker of the VSS Vintorez, has produced a civilian version of that rifle. Enthusiasts will recognize the VSS Vintorez as part of the arsenal of the Russian special forces group, the Spetsnaz. Firing a heavy 9x39mm round, the Vintorez is reputed to be not as accurate in longer ranges, despite being denoted as a sniper rifle.
Integrally-suppressed with a long barrel, the VSS is capable of practically noiseless shots when coupled with Russian SP5 9mm subsonic rounds. Its effective range is up to 400 meters. Just as in America, this version is converted to fire in semi-auto only to be legal for civilian use. Two versions will be marketed, the first is called the KO-VSS-01, which is identical to the original, except it doesn’t have the proprietary sniper scope, but has a side scope rail instead. The website describes the rifle as “intended for a professional and amateur hunting in all macroclimate types except for the humid tropical regions.” There is no detailed explanation as to what this actually means.
The second version, the KO-VSS, is more contemporary-looking with its Picatinny rail running on top of the receiver. Both versions use a 10-round, detachable double-stack box magazine, and are capable of 2.95-inch groups at 100 meters. These rifles are presumably outfitted with dummy suppressors, as these are heavily regulated in Russia.
No word as to whether these rifles will arrive at our shores, but Slagga Manufacturing LLC, a company in Connecticut, is hard at work reverse-engineering the Vintorez to create its own clone of the rifle, dubbed the “Viska”. Once available, they’ll be classified as a suppressed SBR for the American market. A version chambered in 5.56x45mm will also be available. Slagga has yet to announce a release date, and all their pre-orders have been sold out with an MSRP of $3,000 each.