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Russian President Putin tests Kalashnikov sniper rifle, ‘firing between his heartbeats to hit targets 600 metres away’

Russian media claim Putin hit targets set at the maximum distance three times out of five

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 10:29am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 September, 2018, 10:34am

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday showed off his marksmanship by testing out a new Kalashnikov sniper rifle and supposedly hitting targets 600 metres away.

Russian state television showed Putin in goggles and earphones crouching as he fired the silvery Chukavin SVCh-308 rifle at the Kalashnikov company’s shooting range outside Moscow.

“The target is set up practically at the maximum distance,” Rossiya 24 television reported, saying that Putin appeared to be pressing the trigger while holding his breath and between heartbeats as professional snipers are supposed to do.

Putin “shot five times and hit the target more than half the time” the television channel reported. The RT network said Putin hit the target 600 metres away three times out of five shots.

Russian defence ministry channel TV Zvezda reported the semi-automatic weapon Putin fired is “an ultra-modern rifle for Russian snipers”.

Putin was visiting a military-themed park called Patriot in the Moscow region where he laid the foundation stone for a Russian Orthodox Church.

Kalashnikov, known for the iconic AK-47 assault rifle, last month surprised observers by unveiling the prototype for a retro-styled electric car.