Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dragunov SVD

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The Dragunov SVD (Snaiperskaja Vintovka Dragunova, or Dragunov Sniper Rifle) sniper rifle is an automatic rifle based on the Kalashnikov rifle series. This weapon was appears in Resident Evil 5 moview. It has a starting firepower of 650, reload speed of 2.83, and a capacity of 7. Fully upgraded, it has a firepower of 1300, reload speed of 2.41, and a capacity of 18. It fits roughly in the middle of the RE5 Sniper Rifle range, having a semi-automatic firing mode making it faster than the Sako S75 but not as powerful, and with a lower magnification scope than the PSG-1. It is also quite unstable making it difficult to place shots at longer ranges.

The Dragunov SVD was selected as the winner of a contest that included three competing designs: the first was a rifle designed by Sergei Simonov (known as the SSV-58), the second design, a prototype designated 2B-W10 by Alexander Konstantinov, and the third rifle, the SVD-137, a design submitted by Yevgeny Dragunov. Extensive field testing of the rifles conducted in a wide range of environmental conditions resulted in Dragunov’s proposal being accepted into service in 1963. An initial pre-production batch consisting of 200 rifles was assembled for evaluation purposes, and from 1964 serial production was carried out by Izhmash.

The weapon system was the standard sniper rifle issued to the Red Army and most Warsaw Pact nations during the cold war. The SVD utilizes the heavy and hard-hitting 7.62mm round, with sighting accomplished through a removable scope (designated as the PSO-1). Unlike the Kalashnikov rifles it copies, the SVD actually uses a lower-recoil system so as not to spoil the accuracy of a given shot. The Dragunov SVD is still a favorite of snipers in former satellite states such as Iraq, where it is being used in guerilla warfare. It has proven quite easy to fire (the low recoil system mentioned earlier makes it so) and is as accurate as the shooter is trained to be.<br><br>There is also a sport rifle based on the military SVD known as the Medved (or "Bear") and is chambered to fire the 9x54R cartridge. Though over forty years old, the SVD can and will be found in some form or another all across the globe for decades to come.

Caliber: Russian 7.62x54mm Rimmed
Operation: gas, semi-automatic
Capacity: 10 round detachable box magazine
Weight: 9.5lb (4.31kg) empty with telescope
Length: 48.2 in (122.5 cm)
Barrel Length: 24 in (62 cm)
Rifling: 4 grooves, 1:10 right hand twist
Max Rate of Fire: 30 RPM
Aimed Rate of Fire: 3-5 RPM
Scope Type: PSO-1 with IR detection capability
Scope Data: 24mm objective lens, 4x, 6 degree field of view
Exit Pupil Measurement: 6mm
Compatible Passive Night Scopes: NSP-3: 2.7x, 7 degree field of view, range of approx 300 yds; PGN-1: 3.4x, 5.7 degree field of view, range of 400-500 yds


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