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The Saritch (Russian: Сарыч, Sarych, a name for common buzzard), often incorrectly called the Saritch 308, is a Russian concept battle rifle.

HistoryEdit

The Saritch is a concept gun designed in 2009 by Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design (a.k.a Vera Mukhina Institute) student Andrei Ovsyannikov as a part of his graduation diploma design project. Mock-ups of its body were created, but no firing prototypes were made.

DesignEdit

Design-wise, the Saritch is a bullpup battle rifle. Its design was inspired by foreign modular weapon design philosophy. The weapon's internal mechanisms are encased in a polymer receiver. Many components, such as the stock, the cheek rest, the sights, and the pistol grip can be adjusted and modified to customize ergonomics. A large folding bipod is hidden in the forearm. Picatinny rails are present in many parts of the weapon to allow for attachments.

The weapon was designed as a civilian semi-automatic carbine (and the mock-up is made as one), but military versions were proposed. Several barrels of various lengths were proposed (at 722, 622 and 522 mm), able to turn the weapon into multiple roles through a modular system. 30 round magazines and automatic fire were planned for the compact military versions.

GalleryEdit

Saritch 02 Saritch 03 Saritch demonstration Sartich document

TriviaEdit

  • The weapon is often incorrectly described as a bullpup designated marksman rifle produced by the Tula Arms Plant. It is likely that it was confused with another experimental bullpup weapon from Tula Arms Plant from machine translations of an article by the Kalashnikov magazine.

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