Top 10 Sniper Rifles

No 5. Dragunov SVD (Soviet Union)

Type Sniper rifle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1963–present
Used by Russians
Wars Vietnam War,[1] Soviet war in Afghanistan, Iraq War, Yugoslav Wars,First and Second Chechen Wars, 2008 South Ossetia War
Production history
Designer Evgeny Dragunov
Designed 1958–1963
Manufacturer Izhmash, Norinco, Zastava Arms
Produced 1963–present[2]
Variants See Variants
Weight 4.30 kg (9.48 lb) (with scope and unloaded magazine)[2]
4.68 kg (10.3 lb) (SVDS)
4.40 kg (9.7 lb) (SVU)
5.02 kg (11.1 lb) (SWD-M)
Length 1,225 mm (48.2 in) (SVD)[2]
1,135 mm (44.7 in) stock extended / 815 mm (32.1 in) stock folded (SVDS)
900 mm (35.4 in) (SVU)
1,125 mm (44.3 in) (SWD-M)
Barrel length 610 mm (24.0 in) (SVD, SWD-M)[2]
565 mm (22.2 in) (SVDS)
600 mm (23.6 in) (SVU)

Cartridge 7.62x54mmR[2]
Action Gas-operated, rotating bolt
Muzzle velocity 830 m/s (2,723 ft/s) (SVD, SVDS, SWD-M)
800 m/s (2,624.7 ft/s) (SVU)
Effective range Up to 800 m sight adjustments for point targets
Maximum range 1,300 m with scope
1,200 m with iron sights
Feed system 10-round detachable box magazine
Sights PSO-1 telescopic sight and iron sights with an adjustable rear notch sight

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