Patriot Park, Kubinka Town, Moscow – At the recently-concluded Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum, Kalashnikov Concern’s Izhmash company launched a number of new rifles, including an unusual Dragunov Sniper rifle or SVD (SnaiperSkaia Vintovka Dragunova) in a civilian-legal model, chambered in an unusual round, 9.6x53mm Lancaster. Named the TG3, this rifle uses a cartridge developed by Russian companies Molot and Techcrim and appears to be a “trimmed” version of the 7.62x54R casing, which also has its “neck” widened to accept a 10.3mm diameter bullet. The shoulder of the casing has also been moved back, making it designed specifically for oval-bore (Lancaster-rifled) firearms.
In this video, the presenter boasts that the round can reach a velocity of up to 750 meters per second, or approximately 2,460 fps. The presenter goes on to claim that this “its muzzle energy reaches more than 4000J, which is comparable to a .30-06 cartridge.” This cartridge is relatively new and qualifies as a smoothbore round in Russia. The TG3, one of Kalashnikov Concern’s “Tiger” Series of civilian-version SVDs, is predicted to be one of many rifles that will be chambered in this caliber. The logic behind the TG3’s chambering and classification as a shotgun is to make it easier for civilians to obtain them. Note that smoothbore weapons are much easier to buy and own in Russia, and citizens are required to own shotguns for at least five years.
This new civilian-legal rifle is fed from a detachable, single-stack box mag that holds 5 rounds and look very much like the magazines of an SVD. Its other specifications are as follows:
- Overall weight: 8 lbs, 9.5 oz
- Overall length: 48 inches
- Barrel length: 24.4 inches
- Stocks and forend: Wood
- MSRP: 80,000 Rubles / $1,175
Initially, the TG3 will have the classic wooden Dragunov furniture, but later production runs will have SVDS-style folding stocks. As of this writing, there is no mention if the TG3 will be available to the US market.