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« The VSS Vintorez (in English: Thread Cutter) is a suppressed sniper rifle made in Russia. It can be stripped down and transported in a relatively small briefcase and because of this it was mainly used for undercover operations by Spetsnaz. This weapon has a built-in suppression system making it a great infiltration and sniping weapon. The only drawback is the relatively small effective range of about 400m.
Armoury Description

VSS Vintorez 9 mm
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Russian Armed Forces
Type Marksman Rifle / SPW
Calibre 9×39 mm
20 / 10
Dispersion 0.0018 rad (semi)
0.0018 rad (full)
Variants None
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The VSS Vintorez 9 mm special purpose weapon.

The VSS Vintorez is a 9 mm special purpose marksman rifle used exclusively by the Russian Spetsnaz in ArmA 2.


The VSS Vintorez is a gas operated, selective-fire marksman rifle that is chambered to fire the 9×39 mm cartridge.

It is able to load from either 10- or 20-round box magazines, and can attain a maximum fire rate of up to 750 rounds per minute on full auto with a muzzle velocity of 300 m/s. The VSS Vintorez has a PSO telescopic sight attached to it by default and uses an integrated suppressor, but otherwise does not support being fitted with any other accessories.

True to its name, the VSS Vintorez is a special purpose weapon that combines the attributes of a compact submachine gun like the Bizon with that of a short-range marksman rifle. Exclusively wielded by Spetsnaz operatives, it is very powerful at close ranges (300 metres or less) and has little recoil in addition to possessesing a high rate of fire that makes it deadly in close quarters.

Russian Spetsnaz operative with a VSS.

Unlike other weapons which rely on muzzle-mounted suppressors, a highlight of the VSS Vintorez is its integrated suppressor. The muzzle flash is barely noticeable and combined with its usage of subsonic 9 mm ammunition, makes finding the source of a shot fired by the VSS Vintorez extremely difficult.

The lack of an audible supersonic crack or visible flash means that targets won't even realise that they're under fire until they actually get hit, and even then finding the shooter's location will be almost impossible; particularly if they're well camouflaged.

However, this advantage also serves as a double-edged sword, with the 9×39 mm round that it fires being extremely slow even by the standards of other subsonic rounds. Noticeably, the rounds can take an upwards of anywhere from 1.5-2 seconds of flight time to hit their targets, even at a close distance.

Combined with its already low muzzle velocity, this restricts the maximum range of the VSS Vintorez to under 400 metres or less. But in practice, this means that its real effective range is just 200 metres, as beyond that distance the 9 mm round begins to lose its energy rapidly and will no longer retain its accuracy or damage.


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
13 -0.001 300

The VSS Vintorez can load two types of magazines. Both require one inventory slot to carry:

20Rnd. VSS


Standard 20-round box magazine.

Does not contain any visible tracers.

10Rnd. VSS


Alternate reduced capacity magazine with only 10 rounds loaded.

Remains statistically identical to regular 20-rounders.


  • The VSS Vintorez is incorrectly referred to by its manufacturer name instead of using its actual GRAU index code of 6P29 (as they are exclusively wielded by Russian military forces).
  • Following the release of the latest Steam version updates (as part of the Community Configuration Project), the damage of the VSS Vintorez's ammunition was significantly reduced to more realistic values.
    • The weapon itself still remains lethal at ranges of under 200 metres, but can no longer outright kill targets beyond that distance.


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
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Arma2-factionicon-russianarmedforces.png Russian Armed Forces - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns Makarov 9 mm
Submachine guns PP-19 Bizon 9 mm
Shotguns Saiga 12K
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25)
Designated marksman rifles VSS Vintorez 9 mm
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns PKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MRPG-7VRPG-18
Static AGS-30D-30Igla AA PodKORDMetis AT-13Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.