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« The M38 is a bolt-action rifle used by the Soviet Union and its allies during World War Two. It is a short carbine version of the M1898 model, ideal for jungle fighting. While it uses the same 7.62x54mmR cartridge, the barrel was shortened by 8.5 inches. During the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong and NVA used this rifle widely, which can be fitted with a bayonet.
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M38 7.62 mm
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Viet Cong
Type Bolt-Action Rifle
Calibre 7.62×54 mmR
Dispersion 0.00035 rad
Mass 110
Variants None
The M38 7.62 mm bolt-action rifle.

The M38 is a 7.62 mm bolt-action rifle used exclusively by the Viet Cong in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the S.O.G. Prairie Fire Creator DLC.


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The M38 is a bolt-action rifle that feeds from integral single stack magazines loaded via clip chargers. It is chambered to fire the 7.62×54 mm cartridge.

It loads exclusively from 5-round stripper clips, and has a fire rate of only ~ 27 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 800 m/s. M38s are unable to mount optical scopes nor sound suppressors, but can be fitted with bayonet spikes which are attached to the barrel.

Its sights can be adjusted, and allow the user to modify its zeroing starting from a minimum of 100 metres up to a maximum of 1,000 metres (rising in 100 metre increments).


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
12 -0.00096 808 19.392

M38s are able to feed from two types of "magazines". The "magazines" share the same weight of 4 "mass" units, and are interchangeable with both the M1891 and M91/30:

5Rnd. M38 Clip


Standard 5-round stripper clip. Four out of five rounds will be visible tracers.

5Rnd. M38 Clip (Tracer)


Alternate "magazine" loaded entirely with visible tracer ammunition.


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

  • M1891 (Marksman rifle configuration)
  • M91/30 (Sniper rifle configuration)
Weapons of S.O.G. Prairie Fire
Handguns .38 RevolverHD .22HP 9 mmM712 7.62 mmM1895 7.62 mmM1911 .45Mk1 UDG 2.54 mmMk22 Mod 0 9 mmModel 10 .38PM 9 mmTT-33 7.62 mmWelrod 7.65 mm
Submachine guns M/45 9 mmM1A1 Tommy Gun .45 (Shorty, M1928, M1928A1) • M3A1 Grease Gun .45MAT-49 9 mm (VC) • MC-10 9 mmMP40 9 mmMPU 9 mmPPS-43 7.62 mm (PPS-52) • PPSh-41 7.62 mm (K-50M) • Sten Mk.II 9 mmVZ.61 7.65 mm
Shotguns ISh-54 (Sawn-off, Sidearm) • M1897
Carbines M1 Carbine 7.62 mm (M1 Rifle Grenade, M2, M2 Rifle Grenade, M3) • SKS 7.62 mm (GL) • XM177 5.56 mm (Foregrip, Stock, Short, XM148)
Assault rifles M16 5.56 mm (XM148) • M38 7.62 mmM49/56 7.5 mm (Rifle Grenade) • M63A 5.56 mmType 56 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons DP-27 7.62 mmM63A LMG 5.56 mm (Commando) • RPD 7.62 mm (El Cid, Shorty)
Machine guns M60 7.62 mm (Shorty) • PK 7.62 mm
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmM1891 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M91/30 7.62 mmM40A1 7.62 mmXM21 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M79 (Sawn-off)
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2 (M) • B40B41M127 Flare LauncherM72 LAW
Static 9P111 MalyutkaBGM-71 TOWD44DP-27DShKML/60 Mk3L/70 Mk2M2M2HBM29M45 QuadmountM60M101M1919A4 (M1919A6) • PKRPDSpiderholeType 53Type 56 Recoilless RifleType 63V-11M Twin AA GunZPU-4
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Arma3-factionicon-sogpfvietcong.png Viet Cong - Armoury (S.O.G. Prairie Fire)
Submachine guns
Rifles/Assault rifles
Grenade launchers
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