The Vepr 7.62x54R rifle ships with two polymer, five-round, single-stack…

The Vepr 7.62x54R rifle ships with two polymer, five-round, single-stack magazines, which had worked reliably during testing.

The 7.62x54R cartridge may not be familiar to most American shooters, but this Russian round, first introduced in 1891, has the distinction of being the oldest military cartridge in continuous use. I suppose you could call it the original 7.62mm, which started its service life in the ubiquitous bolt-action Mosin-Nagant rifle and is still in active-duty frontline use as a machine gun and sniper rifle round.

Today, surplus Mosin-Nagant rifles (from Czarist to WWII variants) are plentiful and cheap, but the Russian modern SVD sniper rifle known as the Dragunov—not so much. No need to despair, however. If you want a real Russian semi-auto rifle chambered in this powerful cartridge, Wolf Performance Arms, related to but independent from Wolf Ammunition, is now importing the Vepr rifle made at the famous MOLOT (Vyatskie Polyany Machine Building Plant) factory.

Wolf Performance Arms’ Vepr Russian rifle, manufactured by the famed plant at MOLOT, delivers the AK’s proven reliability in the powerful 7.62x54R cartridge. Shown here with a Weaver Tactical 1-5x24mm scope.

Gun Details
In its Plain Jane, thumbhole-wood-stocked version, this rifle is already pretty impressive, but when the guys at Wolf finished tricking it out, that’s when the “tacti-cool” factor hit 11. The Vepr rifles are not SVDs, however. Instead, they are your traditional AK-pattern rifles with beefed-up receivers that are meant to be used in the role of a squad automatic weapon. They’re based on the full-auto RPK in 7.62x39mm.
Like all traditional AK-pattern rifles, the Vepr uses a long-stroke gas-piston method of operation, where the bolt and piston rod all move as one big unit. This is a lot of mass slamming back and forth as you fire, which has a negative impact on accuracy and point-of-aim shifts are common. The advantage, however, is greater reliability. This is one of the main reasons for the AK’s reputation of mediocre accuracy and high reliability.

The Vepr 7.62x54R comes with a very comfortable, ergonomic ATI Strike Force pistol grip, which is made from a tough, glass-reinforced polymer.

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  • Ted Spring

    Bought a Vepr Type 2 -16″ BBL with wood furniture….the 5 round mags work very well..a pain in the Buttski loading 5 rounders every 5 or 6 minutes… so won’t be long B4 I’m after a pair of these $52.00 Ten Rounders -(proud of those,ain’t they)….This was bought as a Hog Hunting carbine/brush rifle. Have fired about 120 brass and 40 green steel cased rounds(both Ruski Surp) with no bad feeds or hang ups thus far…the GI surp shoots well but dirty as expected…..takes about a half an hour or so clean up the carbine. A little off for me with the thumb hole stock..I’m a lefty and it’s def. built for the right hand world I live in…..this little carbine does very well at 300 Yards on a 10″ steel round shape gong target…got lots of hits at about 16 or 17 outta 20….seems to be a product worth buying.!


    VEPR 7.62x54r with 25 loaded 10 round mags, how can you go wrong , with or with out a rail scope mounted does not matter dead on accuracy. Been there done that and this is the best of the best for close or far combat,or what ever you would like to call it !

  • greg

    bipod needs to be mounted on the receiver and not the barrel as the handguards are not free floated on the ak platform.

  • AJ

    COD MW3…….I used it. Works great. HA HA hA