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Vepr

Vepr DMR

Vepr prototype

Vepr
Country of origin

Ukraine

Manufacturer(s)

National Space Agency's R&D Center for precision engineering

Designer(s)

S. Naumov

Year(s) designed

2001-2003

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

5.45×39mm

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

702mm (27.6378 in)

Barrel length

415mm (16.3386 in)

Weight

3.45 kg (7.605948 lbs)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

600 to 650 RPM

Not to be confused with the similarly-named shotgun or semi-automatic rifle.

The Vepr (Ukrainian: Вепрь, meaning "wild boar", pronounced vai-pr) is an Ukrainian assault rifle that was announced in 2003 as the first indigenous Ukrainian assault rifle, designed by the National Space Agency of Ukraine.

It is one of several bullpup conversions of the conventional AK-74 design, along with the Polish kbk wz. 2005 Jantar and wz. 2002 BIN, the Chinese Norinco Type 86S, the Russian KBP A-91 and OTs-14 Groza, the Finnish Valmet M82 and the South African Vektor CR-21.

Design DetailsEdit

Although the Vepr was proclaimed to be a revolutionary upgrade to the AK-74, it is, in reality, an interesting yet fairly simple modification of the basic AK-74 system in a bullpup design, with the following modifications:

  • The standard gas-operated, rotating-bolt mechanism is removed from its furniture and a new butt plate is mounted directly on the rear of the receiver.
  • A polymer cheek rest is fitted to the receiver cover.
  • The trigger and pistol grip are positioned in front of the magazine well.
  • The charging handle is removed from the bolt carrier, and a new charging handle arrangement is placed on the left side of the forearm.

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