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Lobaev unveils DVL-10M1 Saboteur silenced sniper rifle

05 October 2017

Russia's Lobaev Arms small arms manufacturer has unveiled the DVL-10M1 Saboteur (‘Diversant’) bolt-action silenced sniper rifle intended for military and police special forces.

Lobaev Arms has unveiled the DVL-10M1 Saboteur sniper rifle. (Nikolai Novichkov)Lobaev Arms has unveiled the DVL-10M1 Saboteur sniper rifle. (Nikolai Novichkov)

The DVL-10M1 Saboteur is based on an aluminium alloy chassis system incorporating advanced shock-resistant composite materials. The rifle’s upper receiver is fitted with a MIL-STD-1913 rail for the sighting system, a lower accessory rail for a bipod, an ergonomic pistol grip, and an adjustable trigger mechanism. The rifle uses the very large LISS 2.0 silencer and is fed by a 5- or 10-round detachable magazine.

The rifle is fitted with a 400 mm match-grade barrel. The rifle itself has a length of 1,060 mm (825 mm with folded butt-stock), a height of 175 mm, a width of 62 mm, and a weight of nearly 5.8 kg.

The basic version of the DVL-10M1 is chambered for the proprietary .40 Lobaev Whisper (.40 LW) cartridge. The .40 LW (10.3x45) is based on a shortened .338 Lapua Magnum case that has been necked up to take a .408 CheyTac bullet. This combination fires heavyweight (27.15 g) large-diameter bullets at subsonic (approximately 310 m/s) initial velocity, providing high accuracy (approximately 0.5 minutes of angle) and lethality.

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