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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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tyty2010 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
have you ever considered making a gun based off of the lemat revolver
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I have not, but it's a pretty good idea and would be feasible as an older weapon still seeing limited use, particularly in the interior.  I'll have to keep that in mind.
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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  Professional Digital 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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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Yeah the Mosin-Nagant and the Mauser K98k were the two main models for this.
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RoninPsycho Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. I'm not very familiar with the Mauser. I'd love to own one, though, someday. :D
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
The bush rifle and the Ranch rifle are my favs.
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Yeah I thought the Ranch Rifle in particular looked particularly light and handy.
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Pyrotactick Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
"Before I used gun, I had no neighbors...after a zombie apocalypse that lead me to use this gun, I had neighbors."
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CzechBiohazard Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome textures along with the entire drawing itself. :D
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Thanks!
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543Bs0Za Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wood texture is well done
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The R-10's remind me very much of the Mauser K-98
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
That was the primary real-world basis for it, originally it had a bit more Mosin-Nagant mixed in too but that kinda got overshadowed by the Mauser influence along the way.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a beautiful design, the Mauser was a sweet piece despite it's users. I'm assumeing this is from a sci-fi thing, right? if so it seems a bit odd that a wooden stocked bolt action rifle would still be used as anything but a sniper rifle
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
It's an alternate history/sci-fi/speculative evolution sort of thing.
Technology in the project is at about the 1940s-60s level (hence things like assault rifles being considered "new" technology). You are correct, the R-10 in its traditional form is only employed as a sniper's weapon in the modern Araean army, the armed forces have long since gone to newer weapons as general issue. As mentioned in the description the R-10s proved unsatisfactory during the Skryke War. Lots of R-10s are still in circulation as army surplus however. And just like the Mauser action is used in many sporting rifles the R-10 action is used as the basis for many civilian rifles in Araea.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In my current project I have us, Humans at a high level of technology (circa 2098) interacting with Aliens at about the level of tech you describe
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
In mine, humans faced off against a non-human enemy with no technology, eventually they came to a tense truce, and now humans mostly just kill each other instead. Interesting project you have there, you have clearly put a lot of time and thought into it. I note the name "New Hope" features in both of our projects too, ha ha. In mine it is the capital city of my island nation, however it's meant to be kind of ironic because much the city is an overcrowded quasi-fascist hellhole.
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ScrewfaceRomeo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In mine the planet was named by the Colonists who fled from the oppressive militant regime on Earth, only to encounter an even more oppressive regime at the hands of the CITC when the world's vast mineral resources were discovered
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beastisign Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
awesome!
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Kazanlak10 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Thanks, I periodically alternate between prehistoric life and weapon design in order to avoid getting burnt out on one or the other.
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cashel111 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you should upload some more guns, this set is awesome!
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beastisign Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
I know, lolz I watch you.
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