Specs

  • Model: Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova (SVD)
  • Caliber: 7.62x54mm Rimmed
  • Barrel Length: 24" (610mm)
  • Twist: 1:10" RH, 4 Grooves
  • Magazine: 10 round detachable box magazine
  • Weight: 9.5lb (4.31kg) empty with telescope
  • Overall Length: 48.2 in (1225 mm)
  • Additional Notes: Gas operated, Semi-Automatic Scope: PSO-1 with IR detection capability, 24mm objective lens, 4x, 6 degree field of view Night Vision: NSP-3: 2.7x, 7 degree field of view, range of approx 300 yds Night VIsion: PGN-1: 3.4x, 5.7 degree field of view, range of 400-500 yds

The SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova)-Dragunov Sniping Rifle was the first rifle designed from scratch as a sniper rifle, and it was declared the winner of a shootoff competition by the Soviet military and adopted in 1963. It has very limited similarities to the Kalashnikov series of rifles and is similarly reliable. The SVD can be expected to shoot 2 MOA with quality ammo, though the scope is graduated out to much greater distances.

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, you are pressed to hit consistently. We easily were maintaining sub 2 MOA through our testing. The SVD is not a true sniper rifle by today’s standards, but it performs exceptionally well for what it was designed to do, a weapon to extend the range of the average rifle squad and they have been effectively used in the role all over the world.

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