The SVD Dragunov (Russian: Снайперская Винтовка системы Драгунова образца 1963 года, Snayperskaya Vintovka sistem'y Dragunova obraz'tsa 1963 goda (SVD-63), (officially) "Sniper Rifle, System of Dragunov, Model of the Year 1963") is a Soviet marksman/sniper rifle. It was designed as a sharpshooter's rifle, rather than a sniper rifle. In fact, the main role of the SVD in the Soviet Army was to increase the effective range of an infantry squad's fire to 600 meters by providing precision fire support. The SVD is a lightweight and accurate rifle, capable of semi-auto fire and equipped with a 4x24 PSO-1 scope. The SVD is extremely reliable in all conditions.
ArmA 2 Edit
The SVD appeared in ArmA 2 and its expansion Operation Arrowhead as the main marksman and sniper rifle for most of the factions in game. Its counterpart in-game being the US DMR rifle and later, in Operation Arrowhead, the M110 and SCAR-L. It feeds ammunition from 10-round box magazine and uses the Russian 7.62x54 mmR ammunition that is also used in the PK series machine guns. Despite this, the PK and Dragunov cannot exchange magazines.
While it is not the most suitable weapon for sniping, especially compared to 'dedicated' sniper rifles such as the M24, it performs well in the designated marksman role, especially in built-up areas. This is partially because of the low zoom of the PSO scope and also because of its inferior accuracy compared to 'true' sniper rifles.
An interesting feature of the SVD is the PSO scope. While it is also used in the AK-74 and AK-107 in-game, it is with the SVD that the scope is best used. It has a stadiametric rangefinding marks on the left sight of the scope, allowing the shooter to quickly assess the target range without having to use laser rangefinder or similar equipment.
In Operation Arrowhead, there is a new variant of the SVD equipped with night vision sights.
In-Game Data Edit
ArmA 2 Edit
Cartridge: 7.62x54 mmR
Magazines used: 10-round Dragunov magazine
Accessories: PSO-1 scope
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