Dragunov SVD 7.62 x 54Rmm sniper rifle

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Overview

The Dragunov (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova – SVD), literally Dragunovs’ sniper rifle, is a semi-automatic sniper / designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62 x 54R and developed in the Soviet Union.

The Dragunov was designed as a squad support weapon, since according to Soviet military doctrines, the long-range engagement ability was lost to ordinary troops when submachine guns and assault rifles (which are optimized for close-range and medium range, rapid-fire combat) were adopted.

Issued with a quick-detachable PSO-1 optical sight of 4 x magnification mounted to a side rail that does not block the view of the iron sights. The PSO-1 sight has various features including elevation adjustment, an illuminated rangefinder grid and an infrared charging screen that is used as a passive detection system. The SVD with this scope can engage targets out to 1,300 metres.

Extensive field testing of the rifles conducted in a wide range of environmental conditions resulted in the SVD being accepted into service in 1963.

Since then, the Dragunov has become the standard squad support weapon of over 28 countries including those of the former Warsaw Pact. SVD’s have been made under license in China and also in Iran.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, the SVD is appropriate for Soviet forces and member states of the Warsaw Pact from 1960s up to the present day. Also to be seen in the Middle East and many African and Asian nations.

Foxtrot example shown is a Dragunov SVD sniping rifle fitted with a PSO-1 4 x magnification optical sight , it is chambered in 7.62 x 54Rmm, has wooden furniture and is in a military paint  finish.

Film Set Notes

Like it’s contemporary the FN FAL, the SVD has an extremely effective flash hider, that does suppress most of the flash. Very necessary for the concealment required when sniping and accurate in how the weapon actually appears when fired for real.

However for drama and film purposes it is something that should be clarified beforehand with the director to avoid surprises on the day.