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Soviet Infantry Weapons: Rifles


Mosin - Nagant Service Rifle: Model 1891/30

The 1930 model of the Mosin-Nagant was modified version of the 1891 pattern rifle. It was used in large numbers in the Soviet Army, it was intended to be replaced by much more modern designs such as the SVT 38 and AVS 36 rifles. However due to their slow development process, it remained in service well through the war, being particularly liked as a sharpshooters weapon. Standard soldier carried three pouches of six clips of five rounds each, for a total of 90 rounds. Conscript infantry usually carried 1 pouch of 30 rounds. Heavy , mountain and naval infantry carried an additional bandolier holding fourteen clips, for a total of 160 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Model 91/30 _0_______x2______1/2/4/8____0_______AI________1930

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

Model 91/30___0_______x29______80______-1_______5(7.62mm,int)___4.0

 

Mosin - Nagant Service Rifle: M1938 Carbine

Produced to arm cavalry, artillery, signalers, and other support units that required a lighter, less bulky weapon, the Mosin-Nagant M1938 was a common and well liked carbine, produced in huge quantities, only becoming outdated with the arrival of the SKS carbine in mid 1944. Standard soldier carried three pouches of six clips of five rounds each, for a total of 90 rounds. Conscript infantry usually carried 1 pouch of 30 rounds. Heavy , mountain and naval infantry carried an additional bandolier holding fourteen clips, for a total of 160 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Model 38_____0_______x2_____1/2/4/8____0_______AI________1938

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

Model 38___ __0_______x29______60______-1_______5(7.62mm,int)___3.5

 

SVT 38/40 Semi-Automatic Rifle

This promising design was supposed to become the next main battle rifle of the Soviet Army. Produced alongside of the AVS36, the SVT 38 was meant to replace the now obsolete Mosin-Nagant rifle, however, because if its poor showing in the Finish War, where both the AVS and SVT rifles faired poorly, it was redesigned as the SVT40. This updated, more reliable rifle was issued to the troops in ever increasing numbers starting in the late 1940, however it never managed to fully replace the M91/30 rifle, and served alongside it. It was fairly popular with the german infantry, which used the captured examples to devastating effect, preferring its high rate of fire over the slower firing bolt action Kar98K. Standard load was carried in three pouches of three clips of ten rounds each, for a total of 90 rounds. Heavy , mountain and naval infantry carried an additional bandolier holding seven clips, for a total of 160 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

SVT 38/40___0_______x2____ _1/2/4/8____0(SA)_ __AI________1938/40

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

SVT 38/40____ 0_______x29______72______0_______10(7.62mm,box)__4.0

SVT-38 Jam (R2), SVT-40 Jam (R1)

 

AVS 36 Automatic Rifle

Introduced alongside of the SVT 38, the potential of the AVS 36 was high. It was the first truly automatic rifle, offering long range and rate of fire of a machine gun. However it was soon realized that this weapon was not the wonder toy it was though to be. Heavy, with a very high recoil when fired in full auto, the weapon jammed and broke often due to a high powered cartridge fired from such a light frame (by contrast the BAR automatic rifle was almost twice as heavy) and high maintenance, which did not suit the conscript force of the Red Army. It was therefore placed into the elite units of the NKVD and Red Guards, where it was used very successfully, being later replaced with the more reliable AVT40 automatic rifle. The standard load was a chest belt holding 6 clips for a total of 120 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

AVS 36______0_______x2____ _1/2/4/8____1_ _____AI________1936

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

AVS 36______ 0_______x29______70______1-2(4)____20(7.62mm,box)__4.5

AVS-36 Jam (R3)

 

AVT 40 Automatic Rifle

Produced as a replacement for the troublesome AVS 36 rifle, it used the SVT40 as a base, adding the muzzle brake, heavier stock, and a fire selector to the already proven design. Progressively equipping the elite units of the Red Army thorough the 40's. However, low accuracy in full auto and high tendency to jam however, rendered it obsolete in the face of the new Kalashnikov AK rifle appearing in 1945. Standard load was carried in three pouches of three clips of ten rounds each, for a total of 90 rounds. Heavy , mountain and naval infantry carried an additional bandolier holding seven clips, for a total of 160 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

AVT 40_ _____0_______x2____ _1/2/4/8____1_ _ ___AI________1940

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

AVT 40_ _____0_______x29______72______1-2(3)___10(7.62mm,box)__4.3

AVT-40 Jam (R1)

 

Simonov SKS Semi-Automatic Carabine

Developed in the face of the mounting firepower of the german infantryman (FG40, MP43, Kar43), the SKS was designed to fire an intermediate power round, lessening the recoil and accuracy over the older, higher powered rifles (SVT38/40, AVS36, AVT40), but providing more comfort, reliability, and allowing more ammunition capacity. First introduced in 1944, it became a popular and well liked rifle, seeing much use in the eastern theater. Standard load was carried in three pouches of three clips of ten rounds each, for a total of 90 rounds. Heavy , mountain and naval infantry carried an additional bandolier holding seven clips, for a total of 160 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

SKS___ _____0___ __ x1.5___ _1/2/4/8____0(SA)___AI________1944

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

SKS ___ _____0_____ __x22______61______0 _______10(7.62s,box)__4.3

 

Kalashnikov AK(AK-46) Automatic Rifle

The first Soviet automatic rifle, the Kalashnikov AK was placed in the hands of combat troops in 1945. The AK used the well known MP43 as its basis using a superior cartridge and a more robust mechanism over its german equivalent, proved to be superior for it in all aspects. However it came to be used too late in the war, being distributed to only elite units of the red army. The standard load was a chest belt holding 6 clips for a total of 180 rounds.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

AK____ _____0_____ x1.5____ _1/2/4/8____1____ __AI________1945

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo________Mass

AK____ _____0_____ __x22______53______2(6)_ ____30(7.62s,box)__4.5