Specs

  • Model: Dragunov SVD
  • Caliber: Russian 7.62x54mm Rimmed
  • Barrel Length: 24" (610 mm)
  • Twist: 4 grooves, 1:10" RH
  • Magazine: 10 round detachable box magazine
  • Weight: 9.5lb (4.31kg) empty with telescope
  • Overall Length: 48.2" (122.5 cm)
  • Additional Notes: gas, semi-automatic
    PSO-1 scope with IR detection capability

The SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova)-Dragunov Sniping Rifle was the first rifle designed from scratch as a sniper rifle, and was introduced in the 1950’s. It has very limited similarities to the Kalashnikov series of rifles. The SVD can be expected to shoot 2 MOA with quality ammo.

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I have some personal experience with an original SVD (circa late 1970’s). While the weapon was a bit crude when it comes to workmanship, it still functioned flawlessly. We shot extensively out to 900 meters. The rifle is extremely deadly, even with cheap surplus ammo, out to about 600 meters. After that, your pressed to hit consistantly. We easily were maintaining sub 2 MOA. The SVD is not a true sniper rifle in todays terms, but it performs exceptionally well for what it was designed for, a weapon to extend the range of the average rifle squad.

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