OSV-96 large caliber sniper / anti-materiel rifle (Russia)
The OSV-96 12.7mmsniper rifle began its life during early 1990s as V-94. Designed and developedat famous KBP (Instrument Design Bureau) in Tula. During following years rifleincorporated several improvements, and was eventually re-designated as OSV-96.It is offered for export and local buyers, and apparently is used in small numbers by MVD troops in Chechnya.
The OSV-96 is a gas operated,rotating bolt semiautomatic rifle. The bolt locks directly to the barrel extension, so it is possible to made a hinge between the barrel and receiver.When not in use, the OSV-96 could be "folded" around this hinge to save the space, since the rifle is quite long. This feature also allows for quick transformation from folded into battle-ready position. To 'foldup' the rifle user must lock the bolt back by cocking it and engaging the bolt catch, then release large barrel lock on the left side of the receiver. The long barrel is free-floated, and fitted with long combination muzzle brake - flash hider. The integral folding bipods are mounted on the special console, attached to the base of the barrel, next to the hinge point. The polymer buttstock is fitted with rubber recoil pad. OSV-96 is usually fitted with some sort of telescope or nightvision sight, but also carries a set of back-up iron sights.
The exact accuracy data of the OSV-96 is not yet published, but, apparently, it is enough for intended work as a anti-materiel rifle or mid-range counter-sniper rifle.
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