Simonov AVS-36

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Simonov AVS-36 - 7.62x54mmR

The AVS-36 is a Soviet select-fire battle rifle. Designed in 1931, it started in limited production from 1934. In 1936, it was put into service, with the accompanying introduction of some changes, and entering into large-serial production. It became the first automatic rifle, that entered service with the Red Army after the Fedorov Avtomat.

Like Fedorov weapon, the main fire mode of the AVS was single-shot. It was supposed to fire in short bursts with an insufficient number of LMGs, and continuous fire - only as a last resort. At the same time, it was forbidden to spend more than 4 magazines in a row, so as not to overheat and not wear out the barrel and other parts. According to the instructions, the fire selector of the AVS was locked with a special key held by the squad leader, who, only if necessary, could allow firing in bursts (whether this function of the rifle was used in practice is a controversial issue).

After the Winter War, following a discussion of the issue with military experts, it was decided to stop the production of the AVS-36, replacing it in production with the SVT-40 self-loading rifle.

Specifications

(1934 - 1940)

Type: Automatic Rifle

Caliber: 7.62x54mmR

Weight: 4.3 kg (9.5 lb)

Length: 1.23 m (48 in)

Barrel length: 612 mm (24 in)

Capacity: 15-round magazine

Rate of fire: 800 rounds/min


The Simonov AVS-36 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
If War Comes Tomorrow (Esli zavtra voyna) Red Army soldiers With sword bayonets 1938
High Award (Vysokaya nagrada) Red Army soldiers Seen in documentary footage 1939
Sixty Days (Shestdesyat dney) Red Army soldiers With sword bayonets 1940
Fighting Film Collection No. 3 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 3) Viktor Arkasov Sgt. Sharov 1941
Vladimir Shishkin Pvt. Kalachyov
Viktor Mironov Pvt. Ivan Boychenko
Nikolai Khryashchikov Pvt. Pyotr Medvedev
Pyotr Savin Pvt. Belkin
Fighting Film Collection No. 4 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 4) Marina Gavrilova A female militsioneer 1941
Lad from Our Town (Paren iz Nashego Goroda) Valeriy Medvedev Pet'ka Volzhanin With sword bayonets 1942
Antosha Rybkin Marina Ladynina Larisa With sword bayonet 1942
Fighting Film Collection No. 11 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 11) Soviet partisans, German soldiers Mostly with sword bayonets 1942
Two Soldiers (Dva boytsa) Soviet soldiers With and without sword bayonets 1943
Invincible (Nepobedimye) Boris Babochkin Nikolai Radionov With sword bayonet 1943
Aleksandr Khvylya Dmitri Pronin
Soviet soldiers
Kostja and the Radioman (Kostja und der Funker) Soviet soldiers Seen in documentary footage 1975

Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
FinnWars 2006
Karma Online 2011
Deadfall Adventures semi automatic only used with unidentified scope 2013
Heroes & Generals with and without PU scope 2016
Call of Duty: WWII released in Liberty Strike update (2018) 2017


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