The AS "Val" (Avtomat Special'nyj Val, Russian: Автомат Специальный Вал or Special Automatic Rifle, code name: "Shaft") is a Soviet-designed assault rifle featuring an integrated suppressor.
It was developed during the late 1980s by TsNIITochMash (Central Institute for Precision Machine Building) and is used by Russian Spetsnaz special forces and the MVD, FSB, and select units of the Russian Army. Since 1987, it was added to the arsenal of the Soviet Army and the KGB.
Its effective range is approximately 300 m, as it uses heavy subsonic 9x39mm SP-6 (high-performance armor piercing) ammunition, as well as the SP-5 ball round used by the VSS Vintorez. It can also use the same 10 or 20-round magazines as the VSS. Controls are similar to all AK-type rifles with charging handle on the right side, tangent rear sight, magazine release button behind the magazine well, and safety lever above the trigger guard. The fire selector is however located within the trigger guard, behind the trigger. The "Val" has two modes of fire, single shot and automatic fire at a cyclic rate of 900 RPM. According to its users, the "Val" is reliable, accurate, and well liked.
It has an AK-type side mount for various optical sights, including the 4x PSO-1 scope and night sights calibrated for use with the 9x39mm round. The standard open sights are graduated up to 400 m in 25 m increments.
The "Val" shares 70% of its components with its sister-gun, the VSS Vintorez. Differences are furniture made of high impact polymer and a skeletonized steel stock which folds to the left for storage and transportation (gun can operate with stock folded).
- The ASVal was the second tier of Assault Rifles available to the Assault. But was removed from the game
- The weapon was interduced back in the game as new Tier IX (9) AsVAL-H.
- Gameplay-wise, all AS variants come in with an integral silencer and thus, cannot mount muzzle brakes or flash hiders which is true to the real life version.
- The ASVal in real life does not feature the wooden stock, only skeletonized folding steel stock.
- The magazines used with the AS Val are inaccurately depicted in the series. Each magazine in-game actually holds 10 rounds less than they're depicted to contain in game (30 only hold 10 rounds IRL and 40 only holds 20 rounds IRL).
- In real life there is a 30 round magazine avaiable for this weapon (see the wiki for more information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AS_Val)