Mixing it up at the range

308 Vepr with 5-round magazine, 16" barrel, 2.5-10x Nightforce scope

Took the 308 Vepr to the range for the first time. Since I didn’t have the lowest rings available, the gun could have used a cheek rest. Even so, the nice 2.5-10x scope worked really well at 50 yards. Rain came and went, so we just fired steel-cased ball to get a rough zero. Got to give to the AK types, they run pretty much any ammo. Good trigger, very mild recoil.

Vepr with 20rd TSD magazine

In addition to the standard 5 and 5 round magazine, I tried a TSD 20rd magazine. It’s an M14 mag body with welded tabs for AK receiver. Rock-solid — which is good news for people who want to use it for support on firing!

We put about a hundred rounds through this rifle but ran out of time for accuracy testing. Next time, will try different types of ammo.

Superior Arms HBAR in .223 with 4-16x scope and red dot from Primary Arms

This rifle is a heavy barrel upper on a milspec lower. The scope and the red dot are inexpensive but work very well. The ability to adjust parallax is very helpful. The dot is placed very high but it’s meant for two purposes: centering the scope on target at higher magnifications and close-in defense when the bore offset is inconsequential. Despite the basic GI trigger and plan looks, this rifle is accurate. Below, a typical 50 yard target fired with ball ammunition.

Some ball ammunition can be quite accurate. A 3-shot group at 50 yards.

Last year's 50-yard 3-shot group with IMI ball

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13 Responses to Mixing it up at the range

  1. Totenglocke says:

    I’d love to get a VEPR (in various calibers), but I won’t buy one until someone starts making magazines.

    • Oleg Volk says:

      You mean magazines like the TSD 20-rounder shown above?

      • MD Willington says:

        CSSPECS from the Saiga12 forum started with Saiga .308 mags and now makes VEPR mags.

      • Totenglocke says:

        Yes, like that, but in other calibers. I currently own nothing in .308 but have multiple 7.62x54R rifles and would also love a VEPR in 7.62×39, but that’s the biggest one where magazine size makes me refuse to buy it.

        It seems sort of foolish to me that, at least for the 7.62×39 (don’t they also make a 5.45×39 model as well?) model, they don’t make larger magazines.

        • Pyrotek85 says:

          I don’t know why the 7.62×39 VEPRs can’t just take AK magazines, I’ve got like 30 of them lol

          • Theron says:

            Red Jacket Firearms is now doing converstions on the VEPR’s that Atlantic Arms is selling, but I contacted them and due to their current backlog they are not accepting any custom gunsmithing orders. There is hope though – they may start accepting consumer guns late this year. Or I could just sell mine and buy a new one?

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  3. Darrell says:

    ProMag also makes .308 VEPR mags. Some people don’t like ProMag, of course.

  4. docjim505 says:

    Who would ever have thought that a Kalashnikov could actually look elegant?

  5. Russ says:

    Trying to find mount for my 7.62×54 VEPR. Which scope mount is used on the VEPR?
    Thanks in advance.

  6. Vlad says:

    What scope/red dot/mount combination is it?
    The folks at primary arms need to clean up the sight and add a better explanation about the mounts.

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