|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Assault Rifle|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 15|
|Damage||34 -> 20|
|Range||50 max -> 85 min|
|Magazine Size||20, 21, 30|
|Ammo Reserve||120, 90 with extended magazine|
|Fire Modes||Auto & Semi|
|Rate of Fire||900 RPM|
The AS Val (Russian: Aвтомат Специальный Вал or Avtomat Special'nyj Val, English: Automatic Special Shaft) is an integrally suppressed assault rifle designed by TsNIITochMash in the late 1980s as a specialized weapon for Russian special forces. Given the operations Russian special forces carried out, a more powerful, suppressed, and shorter ranged weapon was required.
Initially, the weapon was based on the Kalashnikov design and does retain some similar controls as AK rifles, such as having the charging handle located on the right-hand side and the ability to use the AK (and SVU's) universal side mount for various optical attachments. It is fitted with an integral suppressor and is chambered in the 9×39mm subsonic ammunition.
Being designed as a short-range, close quarters combat (CQC) focused assault rifle, the AS VAL is made to be small and more compact, featuring a folding stock. This is unlike its sniper version, the VSS Vintorez, which uses a fixed, wooden stock instead.
The AS VAL is currently used by the Special forces and reconnaissance divisions of the Russian Army, as well as the MVD and FSB special forces. It is a popular weapon and well liked by many who use it due to being reliable and accurate.
The AS VAL is a powerful assault rifle. Its time-to-kill (TTK) is relatively short compared to other weapons in its class, due to its moderately high damage - a three-shot-kill (3SK) up close and a 5SK at longer ranges, along with a fast rate-of-fire (RoF) of 900 RPM, thus making it one of the fastest killing automatic weapons in the game.
It also comes with an integrated suppressor, which keeps users off the minimap and removes muzzle flash. However, this means the AS VAL has lower muzzle velocity and less range than its assault rifle peers and cannot mount any barrel attachments.
The AS VAL also has abrupt vertical recoil, making keeping track on target whilst firing in full-auto difficult. It also has a small magazine capacity of 20+1 rounds, which combined with the high RoF results in a high ammunition consumption rate. On the other hand, the AS VAL does have a relatively tight bullet spread, especially while firing from the hip.
The AS VAL is one of the few weapons able to equip the Extended Magazine attachment option, increasing the magazine capacity to 30 rounds on the downside of losing 30 rounds in reserve, from 120 dropping to 90 rounds in reserve.
Usage & Tactics
See also: Community Assault Rifle Strategy
Due to the AS VAL's low TTK at such ranges and its integral suppressor, it excels greatly in close-quarters-combat (CQC). Sticking within close-to-medium range combat is the ideal range of the weapon. It should be noted compared to other CQC-orientated weapons, the style of play the AS VAL favors is not one of aggressive rushing tactics but rather stealth and surprise-based ones.
Users should avoid a frontal assault into high traffic areas due to the AS VAL's smaller magazine capacity and subsequent risk of needing to reload in the middle of combat. The AS VAL is able to be used in such a manner, but is arguably better suited towards gunplay that takes advantage of its integral suppressor. Instead, it is much more viable when flanking and in stealth-based tactics, to get behind enemy lines, where a user can easily take out enemies by surprise and then proceed to run to a different location. These hit-and-run tactics allows the AS VAL to be able to kill small clusters of unsuspecting enemies without being initially detected.
However, even with good trigger control, the smaller capacity of the AS VAL means an entire magazine can be easily used on just one enemy, wasting ammunition. This also means that frequent reloading can result in a user's death if timed incorrectly. This can be remedied with the Extended Magazine attachment, at the cost to the user's ammunition reserve amount, however, this is a minor trade-off. Eliminating enemies individually rather than in groups can also mitigate the issue of frequent reloading. Coupled with the element of surprise, a user may be able to kill a decent-sized group of enemies without being detected.
Skilled players may be able to use the AS VAL at long range if needed, considering it can kill an enemy at full health in just five shots, especially with its low first shot recoil, however, this method is not effective nor recommended.
Overall, the AS VAL is a flanking, CQC orientated weapon; its high RoF and integral suppressor benefit the weapon in close-range battles. It is not recommended to use this weapon for longer ranges unless you go Semi Automatic, as it has a somewhat high vertical recoil and low magazine size. However, with help from the Extended Magazine and the Stubby or Angled Grip, the AS VAL could be used for longer ranges if needed, although engaging in CQC is still the more recommended approach.
Pros & Cons
- High RoF.
- Low TTK.
- Integral suppressor.
- Quick reload time.
- Good hip-fire accuracy.
- Low magazine size for its class.
- High ammunition consumption rate.
- Medium to high vertical recoil.
- Cannot equip barrel attachments.
- Low muzzle velocity of 1500 studs/s.
- Short maximum range for its class.
- Very quick range drop-off.
- The AS VAL was the second weapon added into Phantom Forces that has an integral suppressor.
- Like other integrally suppressed weapons, the AS VAL cannot accept barrel attachments.
- During the Alpha stage, this gun had a lower damage per shot (the damage range was 30-19). It was buffed to 33-20 later on.
- It was buffed again to 34->24 in the 0.6.0 version. This made the AS VAL have one of the highest DPS values in the game.
- It was nerfed in update 3.13.0 to 34->22
- The AS VAL was originally classified as PDW, but was placed under the assault rifle category after update 0.9.0.
- This is likely due to the game being based on Battlefield 4.
- After update 0.9.0, the AS VAL acquired a new reload animation, similar to its BF4 counterpart.
- The PKA-S on the AS VAL is extremely misaligned.
- The AS VAL was the first weapon that could use the Extended Magazine attachment .
- As of update 3.13.0, if the extended magazine is attached, the reserve ammunition is decreased to 90 rounds instead of the standard 120 rounds.
- The AS VAL can no longer attach barrel attachments as of 3.13.1.