Discussion in 'On Topic' started by TL1000RSquid, Sep 7, 2006.
holy shit....I would NOT want to get shot with one of those
what the hell is that thing? an assault rifle that shoots mini-harpoons?
Caliber: 5.6x39 mm MPS
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 823 mm (butt retracted), 615 mm (butt collapsed)
Barrel length: n/a
Weight: 2.4 kg less magazine; 3.4 loaded
Rate of fire: 600 rounds per minute (in air)
Magazine capacity: 26 rounds
The APS (Avtomat Podvodnyj Spetsialnyj = Special Underwater Assault rifle) was developed during the early 1970s at TSNIITOCHMASH (Central Institute for Precision Machine building) by the team lead by V. Simonov. APS has been in active service with combat divers of the Soviet and Russian Navy since circa 1975.
The APS is designed for special underwater cartridges, which fire 5.66 mm needle-like projectiles 120 mm long. The projectiles are stabilized using a hydrodynamic cavity, generated by the flat point of the projectile. The cartridges use standard 5.45 x 39 cases, sealed from water. The APS itself is a relatively crude, smoothbore arm, with a gas operated, rotating bolt action, fired from an open bolt. Single safety / selector switch is located at the left side of the receiver and allows for single shots and full automatic fire. The gas system features a patented self-adjusting gas valve, which allows the gun to be fired both underwater and in atmosphere. The simple trigger unit allows for single shots and full automatic fire. The rate of fire under water, as well as the effective range, depends on the actual depth. Sights are crude: a non-adjustable open notch rear and post front. The retractable buttstock is made from steel wire. The most complicated thing in the whole design is the feed system, which includes several parts to avoid double and even triple feed with the extremely long projectiles. Unusually deep (front to back) magazines are made from polymer and hold 26 rounds.
It must be noted that while APS could be fired "above the water", it should be done only in the case of emergency. According to the available sources, the expected service life of the APS when fired "in the air" degrades severely, and the effective range is limited only to several tens of meters. So, the APS is useful only under the water, where it is quite efective.
that would be awesome shark protection when diving
Will I get flamed if I say someone should have told Steve Irwin?
I had thought about calling the thread "if only steve irwin had one of these"
Fuck Irwin ............... You screw with mother nature long enough she is gonna fuck you up ,,,,,,, Look what happened to New Orleans
I dont even know how to graph that sentence....
How accurate could you expect that to be out of water?
Effective surface range "several tens of meters" its not really meant for out of water use.
I bet no one has ever been shot by one of those. It looks like something from a bond movie more than anything practical.
Dunno, but you can use it in Delta Force: Land Warrior.
I was reading this thread yesterday trying to figure out where I'd seen it before.
If it didn't work I doubt they would of issued them, they would of copied some other western design then.