The AS Val (Avtomat Special'nyj Val, Russian: Автомат Специальный Вал or Special Automatic Rifle, code name: "Shaft", GRAU designation 6P30) is a Soviet-designed rifle featuring an integrated suppressor. Development of a special rifle (AS) "Shaft" began in the first half of the 1980s in the Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TSNIITOCHMASH), in the city of Klimovsk, Moscow region. The lead designer of the rifle is Pyotr Serdyukov.
It was developed in 1987 by TsNIITochMash (Central Institute for Precision Machine Building). Since 1987, it was added to the arsenal of the Soviet Army and the KGB and is used by Russian Spetsnaz special forces and the MVD, FSB, OMON, SOBR, GRU, and select units of the Russian Army.
Due to the rifle being both expensive and in limited quantity, it is very rarely deployed according to some Russian Spetsnazoperators. It is deployed in special operations that are either sabotage or reconnaissance units behind enemy lines and is a favorite of Spetsnaz operators.
The AS Val and VSS proved to be very effective and remain in service with elements of the Russian army and special forces and Moscow’s intelligence and security forces. The suppressed rifles saw action during the last years of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan and played prominent roles in the Chechen wars and the conflict in Georgia.
Most recently, they have seen action during Russia’s interventions in Crimea and Syria.
|Guns||Assault Rifles||M4A1 • AKM • AR15 • AN94 • M14EBR • ACR • AUG|
|Sniper Rifles||SVD • QBU88 • AWM • M110 • AS VAL • BARRETT|
|SMGs||MP5 • MP7 • PP19 • P90 • Thompson • VECTOR|
|Shotguns||M1887 • M870 • AA12 • SAIGA-12 • WRO|
|Pistols||G18C • Desert Eagle|
|Others||Melee||Fist • Frying Pan • Crowbar • Rubber Chicken • Damascus Knife|
|Throwables||Frag Grenade • Chicken Grenade • Molotov Cocktail • Smoke Grenade • Stun Grenade|
|Attachments||Muzzle • Optics • Lower Rail • Magazines • Stocks|
|Ammunition||Rifle Ammo • SR Ammo • SMG Ammo • SG Ammo • Pistol Ammo|