BCC "Vintorez" and AS "Val"
The BCC (Sniper Rifle Special) is a silent sniper rifle for special forces units. Index GRAU - 6P29. It was developed in the 1980s at the Central Research Institute for Scientific and Technical Research, Education and Training of the City of Klimovsk under the leadership of P. I. Serdyukov The name "Vintorez" remained in use after its use in the design documentation.
A special machine gun manufactured at the Tula Arms Plant — Val and as well as a special sniper rifle — Vintorez BCC, which use special 9 mm caliber cartridges, despite their age, enjoy the well-deserved love and respect of not only militia special forces units, military special forces of the GRU, but also ordinary military intelligence officers.
Thanks to the use of SP-5 and SP-6 special cartridges and, as is customary to say now, the integrated silencer of the AU and VSS not only fire almost silently, but they are also able to penetrate the enemy’s individual armor elements corresponding to the 3rd class according to Russian GOST, in particular, body armor and protective helmets, at a distance of up to 400 meters.
As the reconnaissance officer of the Airborne Forces told the columnist Military-Industrial Courier, when the 45th separate reconnaissance regiment of the Airborne Forces was formed in Kubinka near Moscow in 1993, it was impossible to immediately find the VSS and AU for this unique military unit. “They were mostly in the brigades of the GRU special forces and even in very limited numbers, and knowing about the capabilities of these noiseless“ barrels ”no one wanted to share.
But in the special forces brigade of the armed forces of Belarus, based since Soviet times in Maryina Gorka, there were both the AU and the ARIA. In the USSR, it was considered one of the best brigades, and its command knew the price of these systems. However, the Belarusians did not have SP-5 and SP-6 cartridges and their delivery was not foreseen. Therefore, even with a squeak, they nevertheless changed the Russian AGRAU AU and VSS to other models of small arms, ”the source recalls. The scout also noted that it was the AU and the ARIA that ensured the high efficiency of the 45th orp and the special forces of the FSB during the storming of Grozny in the winter of 1994–1995.
“We then stood at the cannery in Grozny. The militants' snipers constantly harassed us, especially at night. In a couple of days I lost five soldiers killed and wounded. When the paratroopers appeared with night-vision devices and silent "snipers," we immediately sighed calmly, a senior Defense Ministry spokesman, who was a commander of a motorized rifle platoon at the time, told a columnist for the Military-Industrial Courier. But nevertheless more than 20 years have passed, and no matter how wonderful the AU and VSS are, they need to be modernized.
“In the mid-2000s, we tried somehow to install new sights on the VSS and AU on our own. Say, regular PSO-1 is now, frankly, an anachronism. But if for Kalashnikovs it is possible to order a lot of things abroad, then there is no such possibility for Shafts and Vintorez because of their secrecy. So we invented how to set the “Picatinny” and “Weaver” strips, LCC, and even tactical lights. Independently drilled, fastened adapters, etc. The weapon is excellent, but it must be that it meets modern requirements for “body kit,” explains the officer of one of the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Currently, these problems are largely resolved. So, according to the management of the Tula Arms Plant, now together with the developer of Vala and Vintorez, Klimovskiy TsNIITOCHMASH, work is being actively carried out to improve the AU and the Air Force.
And soon the silent machine gun and sniper rifle will be presented with the installed Picatinny and Weaver slats, which will make it possible to mount not only modern sniper rifles, but also collimator and holographic sights, to which you can also add so-called magnifiers.
It is noteworthy that we are talking not only about the special Aimpoint and Eotech popular with the fighters, but also about the sights of domestic development. And the usual plastic shops will be replaced with transparent ones that allow you to control the consumption of ammunition. “To be honest, now we have good night vision sights, so for operations in the dark we would like to get not new developments, but LCC, whose beam is visible in the night vision device.
At one time, we independently fixed the target indicators on our “Shafts”, but it was handicraft, ”the special forces officer shared his impressions with the“ MIC ”columnist. Now, thanks to the TOZ, the problems will be solved and unique silent machine guns and sniper rifles will meet the requirements of such exacting customers as fighters and special forces officers, scouts.