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The Guns of Araea: R-10 Series by Kazanlak10 The Guns of Araea: R-10 Series by Kazanlak10
The Richeleau Model 10 (R-10) bolt action rifle was the mainstay of the Araean Armed forces for years. However during the outbreak of organized hostilities against Araea's natives - the sentient maniraptoran skrykes - the R-10 was found to be unwieldy in the kind of close quarters fighting in dense cover that typified engagements with skrykes. A shortened "carbine" version was widely issued as a stopgap measure. Shortened R-10s had already been issued to Araean cavalry units for some time and the design was adopted for infantry use as the R-10 "bush rifle" While the reduction in barrel length made the weapon more manuverable it did not solve the issues of low magazine capacity and slow manual operation - shortcomings that often proved fatal when facing a swift and agile opponent like a skryke. Small arms standardization went out the window during the early part of the war. Commercial lever action carbines and police riot shotguns were rushed to frontline troops and several prototype autoloading rifles were fielded with varying levels of success. Later on, submachine guns were added to the mix as well. Though used in ever decreasing numbers as the conflict went on, the R-10 was not officially retired as standard issue until the formal adoption of the KG-35 battle rifle. fav.me/d3jvu6f
The Araean army continues to use scoped R-10s as sniper rifles and even recently developed a refined and accurized version as their latest issue precision weapon. Surplus R-10s is still very common in the hands of rural police and civilian, and it's rugged action has been the basis for many commercial sporting rifles in various calibers.
One example of the many sporterized R-10 variants is the Kirscher KS-6 Ranch Rifle. The KS-6 is a essentially a surplus R10 action, but rebuilt by the Kirscher Design Bureau in 5.9x43mm and using a detachable synthetic magazine similar in construction to that of the KP-60 assault rifle fav.me/d3k40j3 . The stocks on the KS-6s were skeletonized as well, for weight savings and probably to give the weapon a racier look to appeal to customers. Kirscher marketed the weapon as a general purpose rifle suited for small to medium game hunting and defensive use (armed gangs of bandits are common in some regions). However most of the citizenry dwelling in the frontier regions tend to prefer Kirscher's autoloading rifle designs - the KG-35 and KP-60 for this role instead. The KS-6 has found favor among some customers due to it's simplicity and low pricetag however.
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Nolo84 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Push or controlled?
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Controlled. Mostly because that's what I myself prefer.
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Nolo84 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mostly agree.
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UCSPanther Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I would also think that someone would build a semi-auto carbine in the 5.9x43, something along the lines of a Ruger Mini 14 or M1 carbine.

I like the ranch rifle. It reminds me some bolt action carbines chambered in .223 or 7.62x39 that I have seen.
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Someone may have, it would make sense. I suspect that civilian guns in that caliber are not yet too widespread, in the interior where privately owned firearms are most common the 7.8mm is still much more common and much preferred.
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MKmack12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
the R-10 now only holds 5 rounds? cause the drawing of this rifle that you made in October 2010 say that the R-10 has a 6 round fixed magazine.
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Yeah when I put the actual cartridge in this updated R-10 drawing I made an effort to scale it correctly to the rifle and it's magazine (or as close to being correctly scaled as MS Paint would allow me to get). When doing this it appeared that 6 rounds would not actually fit in the mag, though five would. Like a lot of the older drawings for the project the one from October 2010 is obsolete now since I have updated all those weapons to some degree in newer drawings.
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DrZoidberg96 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Student General Artist
nice!!!
looks like you mixed up the mosin and mauser on the first 2 :)
cool man : D
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thanks, yep that's more or less what I did, just to get a slightly unique looking but overall quite conventional bolt-action rifle.
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The first two look pretty closely inspired by the Mosin-Nagant M91/30.
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