Molot VEPR 7.62×39 Hunting Carbine 16” Semi-Auto Rifle Russian AK47 AKM

SOLD FOR: $1,610

WOA#: WY240319IK014

Make: Molot-Oruzhie

Model:  VEPR , Hunting Carbine

Serial Number: 03 KK 7281

Year of Manufacture: 2003

Caliber: 7.62×39

Action Type:  Semi-Automatic, Long Stroke Gas Piston

Markings:  The left side of the receiver is marked “03 KK 7281”, “VYATSKIE POLYANY” with several proofs.  The right side of the receiver is marked “MADE IN RUSSIA”, “VEPR / cal. 7,62×39”, “ZDF SLC UT”, “S F”, “SA03” with a proof.  The carrier is marked “281” with RNC within a diamond and “03”.  The right side of the buttstock is marked “ROBINSON ARMAMENT Co. SLC, UT”.

Barrel Length:  16.5”.  17.75” with muzzle brake

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is an adjustable post sight. The rear sight is an RPK tangent sight.  The left side of the receiver has a scope rail.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece black synthetic with smooth pistol grip integral to the buttstock with straight comb, integral grooved buttplate, 2 sling studs, and smooth polymer handguard.  The LOP measures 13 5/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate.  The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.  There is some faint handling wear but the stock overall appears clean and free of any notable defects outside of the small scuff on the bottom of the handguard at the rear.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: 1x Original 5rd Russian magazine and 1x 30rd Bakelite Molot magazine in Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Black

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.  There is minor fouling in the grooves. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows faint operation wear.  There is some finish loss on the edges of the charging handle.  The screw heads are sharp and the pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics:  The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a total of two magazines.

Our Assessment:  The Molot Vepr in 7.62x39mm is a robust and reliable semi-automatic rifle, renowned for its durability and performance. Manufactured by the Molot-Oruzhiye factory in Russia, the Vepr is based on the RPK (Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova) light machine gun design, which lends it exceptional strength and resilience. This design pedigree makes the Vepr highly regarded for both rugged construction and accuracy, making it suitable for various applications including hunting, target shooting, and tactical use. Chambered in the versatile 7.62x39mm cartridge, the Vepr offers a balance of manageable recoil, sufficient power, and widespread availability of ammunition, with a cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrel typically available in lengths ranging from 16.5 to 20 inches.

The Vepr’s receiver is notably thicker than that of a standard AK-47, often 1.5mm compared to the AK’s 1mm, providing increased stability and reducing flex during firing to help improve accuracy and reliability. The rifle also features a side rail for mounting optics, enabling users to easily attach scopes or other aiming devices for enhanced accuracy at longer distances. The iron sights on the Vepr are robust and adjustable, designed to withstand heavy use and provide reliable targeting. Overall, the Molot Vepr in 7.62x39mm is a well-built, dependable rifle that offers a blend of rugged construction, accuracy, and versatility, making it a favored choice among enthusiasts for a wide range of shooting activities.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Molot VEPR 7.62x39 Hunting Carbine 16” Semi-Auto Rifle Russian AK47 AKM
Molot VEPR 7.62×39 Hunting Carbine 16” Semi-Auto Rifle Russian AK47 AKM