The VSS Vintorez is a Russian designated marksman rifle. The VSS Vinorez is unlocked at Rank 46 or can be purchased earlier with Credits (CR).
The VSS Vintorez (Russian for "thread cutter") is a Russian special purpose sniper rifle that features an integrated suppressor. Like AS VAL assault rifle, on which this weapon is based, it fires the subsonic 9x39mm round. The two weapons are very similar in function, and mostly differ in outfitting; the VSS is seen fitted with a Dragunov-type wooden stock and PSO-1-1 telescopic sight.
This weapon's origin dates back to the late 1980s in the Soviet Union, where it was designed by engineers at TSNIITochMash (Central Institute for Precision Machine Building) in order to replace the suppressed AK-74s and AKMs in service with Soviet special forces groups such as the Spetsnaz, along with the AS Val. With these two weapons, the design team also introduced the new 9x39mm round. The larger, heavier 9mm round provides greater stopping power and penetration at subsonic velocities than those used by the other rifles.
While the VSS is normally fed from a 10 round magazine, it can also feed from 20- or 30-round magazines from the AS VAL and SR-3M. Because it has the same internal mechanisms as the AS VAL, it is capable of automatic fire, but it is usually used in semi-automatic for its role in providing long-range fire.
The VSS Vintorez is similar to the Dragunov in terms of magazine size, only possessing 10 rounds in the magazine (11 after tactical reload). While it has the highest rate of fire of all DMRs at 700 RPM, it has relatively high camera kick and moderate recoil in comparison to other weapons in its class. With its permanently attached suppressor, this allows the user to stay undetected past 15 studs like the normal suppressor, facilitating stealthly play with this weapon. On the flip side, it also makes the VSS Vintorez have fairly low muzzle velocity compared to other DMRs. By default, this weapon is set to semi-auto, but it can also switch to fully automatic, being the only DMR able to do so. This is also the only DMR that has a 1.8x headshot damage multiplier. As a result, a headshot before 50 studs will deal 99 damage, making it unable to kill a full-health player in one headshot at any range.
By default, the weapon is set to semi-auto. This is recommended for most engagements, as it will allow for the player to place controlled shots while managing the gun's high recoil. The gun remains effective out to medium-long range when used in this manner, and can even compete with other DMRs at long range if the bullet's massive drop is effectively accounted for. Even at close range, the weapon's devastatingly high damage combined with its high rate of fire allows the player to compete against even PDW users with rapid semi-auto fire.
When switched to full-auto, the weapon's handling changes dramatically. Due to the weapon's high recoil, burst fire is rather ineffective, and it effectively becomes restricted to close range. With the weapon's 2-hit kill potential, tight hip spread, and high rate of fire, it becomes one of the most effective close-quarters weapons in the game. However, its low magazine capacity hinders the player's ability to engage multiple opponents at once, putting the player at a high risk of being killed while reloading. Because of this, switching to full-auto is not recommended.
Pros and Cons
- Highest damage of any fully automatic weapon in-game, allowing for a 2-hit kill.
- Only DMR capable of fully automatic fire.
- Comes with a suppressor.
- High mobility and tight hip spread.
- Low magazine capacity.
- Very high camera recoil, especially in full-auto; angled or folding grip highly recommended.
- Cannot accept barrel attachments due to its integral suppressor, limiting the options available to mitigate the weapon's high recoil.
- High bullet drop hinders long-range performance.
- For a while, it was the only rifle with a 1.8x headshot multiplier in Phantom Forces.
- In Alpha, the VSS Vintorez had a PSO-1-like scope as its default optic, similar to the Dragunov SVU. However, it now has the AS VAL's iron sights by default. The PSO-1 scope is now an attachable optic.
|Primary Weapons||Assault Rifles||AK-12 - AN-94 - AS VAL - SCAR-L - AUG A1 - M16A4 - G36 - M16A3 - AUG A2 - FAMAS - AK47 - AUG A3 - L85A2 - Honey Badger - AK74 - AKM - M231|
|Personal Defense Weapons||MP5K - UMP45 - MP7 - MAC-10 [ADDED!] - P90 - MP5 - Colt SMG 635 - MP5SD - MP10 - MP5/10 - AUG A3 Para - Kriss Vector|
|Light Machine Guns||M60 - Colt LMG [ADDED!] - AUG HBAR - MG36 - L86 LSW - RPK - SCAR-HAMR - RPK-74|
|Sniper Rifles||Intervention - Remington 700 - AWS [ADDED!] - BFG 50 - Mosin Nagant - L115A3 [ADDED!] - Railgun|
|Carbines||M4 - G36C - M4A1 - L22 - SCAR-PDW - SR-3M|
|Designated Marksman Rifles||MK-11 - SKS - Dragunov SVU - VSS Vintorez - SCAR-SSR|
|Battle Rifles||SCAR-H - AG-3 - Henry 45-70 [NEW!]|
|Shotguns||KSG-12 - Remington 870 - KS-23M [NEW!]|
|Secondary Weapons||Pistols||M9 - G17 - M1911 - DEAGLE 44|
|Machine Pistols||G18 - M93R - TEC-9|
|Other||Serbu Shotgun - Obrez - SFG 50 [ADDED!]|