SR-2 Veresk

For other uses, see Veresk.

SR-2M Veresk of the Moscow OMON
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin Russia
Production history
Designed 1999
Manufacturer TsNIITochMash
Weight 1.65 kg (3.64 lb)
Length 603 mm (23.7 in) stock extended (367 mm (14.4 in) stock folded)
Barrel length 174 mm (6.9 in)

Cartridge 9×21mm Gyurza
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Rate of fire 900 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 415 m/s (1,362 ft/s)-430 m/s (1,411 ft/s)
Effective firing range 200 m
Feed system 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine
Sights KP CP2 Reflex sight (Red-dot sight)

The SR-2 Veresk (СР-2 Вереск, Russian for "heather") is a Russian submachine gun.


Development of a new submachine gun chambered for the 9×21 mm cartridge (also used by the SR-1 "Gyurza" pistol) was launched in mid-1990s on the order of the FSB. A weapon was presented in 1999, developed in Klimovsk TsNIITochMash which received the designation of SR-2 (Spetsialnaya Razarbotka - 2, Special Development - 2) and nicknamed "Veresk" ("Heather", a plant).

"Veresk" and its round were created as a compact weapon capable of engaging enemies wearing Russian class-II body armor (able to stop ordinary pistol bullets, such as 9×19mm Parabellum and 7.62×25mm Tokarev), and soft-skinned vehicles, at distances up to 200 metres.


The SR-2 "Veresk" differs from most SMGs by its gas-operated action with rotating bolt, typically used in assault rifles (normally SMGs utilise different blowback principles). This design is partially borrowed from the SR-3 "Vikhr" compact assault rifle. Externally the "Veresk" is similar to the Uzi; 20- or 30-round magazines are inserted into the pistol grip. There are two AK-style control levers on both sides of the receiver: the right one is the safety switch, the left is a fire-mode selector. The cocking handle is on the right side and is fixed to the bolt carrier, so it moves during firing. There is a mount for a "red dot" sight on top of the receiver (unlike the AK-style side rail). The weapon has an upwards-folding metal stock.

An SR-2M modified version also has a forward pistol grip under the handguard, with a protrusion to protect the shooter's hand from muzzle blast and accidents (similar to the grip on the MP5K). The SR-2M stock can be fully folded even with "red dot" sight installed.

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