Dragunov SVD-63 Sniper Rifle

The Dragunov sniper rifle, also called "Sniper Rifle system of Dragunov" or "Rifle Model 1963" is a semi-automatic sniper rifle developed in the Soviet Union. 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.
Even though it was not meant for highly trained and specialized sniper teams, but rather for designated marksmen, it has become the standard squad support weapon of several countries, primary those of the former Warsaw pact.


Weapon type:semi-automatic sniper rifle
Calibre & cartridge:7.62×54 mmR
Effective range:800 m
Rate of fire:3-30 RPM
Designer:Yevgeny Dragunov
Manufacturer:Izhmash, Ordnance Factories Organisation, Norinco, Kalashnikov Concern
Action:gas-operated, rotating bolt
In service:1963–present
Muzzle velocity:830 m/s