Firearm Infobox
Name, Image, type, origin
Name VSS Vintorez
Image 300px
Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin Flag of Russia Russia
Service history
In service
Used by Spetsnaz, OSNAZ
Production history
Designer Pyotr Serdyukov
Manufacturer Tula Arsenal
Weight 2.6 kg[1]
Length 894 mm[1]
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Barrel length 200 mm[2]
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Cartridge 9x39mm[1]
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity 290 m/s
Effective range 400 m
Maximum range
Other identifying characteristics
Wood parts (Y/N) {{{wood}}}
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The VSS (Russian: Винтовка Снайперская Специальная, Vintovka Snayperskaya Spetsialnaya), "Special Sniper Rifle", also named Vintorez (Thread Cutter), is a suppressed sniper rifle in use by various military and otherwise militant organizations, especially those of former Soviet states.

The VSS Vintorez was designed from the start to be a suppressed, flashless, sniper rifle. It uses a heavy subsonic 9 x 39 mm cartridge in combination with its integral sound suppressor. The heavy bullet is very effective at penetrating kevlar even with its sub-sonic speed. Its effective range is 400 meters.[1] The VSS is normally used in semi-automatic, but it is capable of automatic fire.

Since the VSS is meant for use in discreet operations, the VSS can be broken down into three parts to be carried in a special 450 x 370 x 140 mm briefcase. The briefcase also has space for a PSO-1 scope, a NSPU-3 night vision device, and two magazines.


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