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The Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle

The Dragunov is a semi-automatic gas-operated rifle with a short-stroke gas-piston system, developed in the Soviet Union. It bears a resemblance to the AK series of weapons, such as the large dust cover, iron sights and lever safety selector, but these similarities are primarily cosmetic in nature. It has been re-engineered to meet the demands of the sniping role.

The barrel breech is locked through a rotating bolt (left rotation) and uses three locking lugs to engage corresponding locking recesses in the barrel extension

The rifle has a manual, two-position gas regulator.

The rifle features mechanically adjustable backup iron sights with a sliding tangent rear sight (the sight can be adjusted to a maximum range of 1,200 m). The iron sights can be used with or without the standard issue optical sight in place. This is possible because the scope mount does not block the area between the front and rear sights.

The combination of special ammunition, the very long barrel and telescopic sight results in a very capable sniper weapon which is both

precise and rugged. It has served well in various theatres since its introduction in 1963.

The tactical use of Dragunov is by armed marksmen from just behind the first line targeting high value targets of opportunity and providing special long-distance disrupting and suppressive fire on the battlefield.


Could that be a Dragunov on the back of the Fapla soldier in the middle? Note the long barrel and thumbhole stock of the weapon.

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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