This grave-looking thing is a sniper rifle and is designed for extermination of any emerging, open, masking and any other targets in motion. It is a self-loading rifle and accurate fire is provided in single shots. The size of ammo is 7,62*54R (3 inches in length and 54mm in radius.)
Until the beginning of 1960’s Russian Army was armed with the rifle of Mosin that was adapted to the adjustment of sight and also it had some other enhancements though it less influenced hits accuracy. So a bit after it, Russian War Department intended to replace already overworn and played-out weapon onto something new and more hard-hitting.
And then some man under the name of Evgeniy Dragunov was chosen to reconstruct the old rifle and make something new and cool of it. After the comparative trials in 1963, this Dragunov specimen SVD (that’s how it’s called in Russian, acronym) was included in the inventory of Russian Army and it had lots of sniper rifle in it as well as it met all the usual, military requirements.
SVD has a good density of hits – at the point-blank (1000 meters long or 3100 feet) standard deviation was something round 560 mm (2 inch) which is ok when hitting full-length figure target. The most effective fire is over a distance of 800 meters though almost everything’s depends on the sniper itself, his brain and his hands.
The rifle saw extensive combat over a period of almost 60 years, and it proved itself well. Some people say that the rifle bears resemblance to AK-47, and maybe they are right. Well, made in Russia.
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