I recently came across a post on M4Carbine.net that caught my eye. Scot, the head honcho of RS Regulate, started the thread and it outlined his plans for using a VEPR 54R chambered in 7.62x54R for a DMR project. It all sounds a bit like a modernized Dragunov to me and that is pretty darn cool. It also doesn’t hurt that 7.62x54R is still fairly widely available at low prices during this current ammo buying frenzy.
The RS Regulate VEPR 54R DMR build includes:
- Vepr 54R 20″
- Cut and crowned to 18.25″
- Threaded 5/8-24
- Surefire SOCOM 7.62FH
- Krebs Vepr Rail
- Vltor ModPod
- RS AK-303 lower and AKR upper
- Red Star Arms trigger set at 3#
- Vortex Viper PST 2.5-10×32 FFP MIL/MIL
- Magpul PRS stock
Interestingly enough, Snake Hound Machine has also been working on a very slick 7.62x54R project that was profiled on Four Guys Guns yesterday. The SHM build has more of a battle rifle bent to it than a precision bent like the RS Regulate project.
I am not sure what to think of all these slick 7.62x54R AK pattern rifles that are suddenly catching my eye. Maybe people are just really clever at finding ways to keep shooting during the ammo crunch or maybe the universe is trying to tell me I need a VEPR 54R DMR.