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The SVD Dragunov is a 7.62 mm sniper rifle that has made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault, and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

« The 7.62-mm Dragunov is a single-target sniper rifle designed to destroy open or screened, static or moving targets, which fires bullets in single shots. The optical sight features a comprehensive reticule which is used to measure the distance of targets from 300m to 1300m. The individual marks on the reticule represent these distances as a scale and must be calibrated before use.
Weapon Description
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SVD 7.62 mm
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Faction - Soviet Union
- Nogovan Partisans
Type Sniper Rifle / DMR
Caliber 7.62×54 mm
Magazine
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10
Variants None
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The SVD is a 7.62 mm sniper rifle that is used by both the Soviet military, as well as in limited numbers with the Nogovan Partisans in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

The SVD is a gas operated, semi-automatic sniper rifle that is chambered to fire the 7.62×54 mm cartridge.

It loads from 10 round curved magazines, is capable of attaining a fire rate of up to 200 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 830 m/s. The SVD is accurate at a distance of up to 800 metres.

The SVD is the Soviet counterpart to the American M21 sniper rifle. Like the M21, the SVD is also a semi-automatic sniper rifle that excels in attacking targets from long ranges. Its telescopic sight has a magnification strength of 4x, which lets its operator see targets more clearly from a safe distance.

Compared to the M21, the SVD has greater stopping power over long ranges. Its main drawback is the small capacity of its magazine, which has 10 rounds less than the M21. So in spite of its higher rate of fire, every single round counts and shouldn't be wasted. The other issue is its usage of a fixed magnification scope (the SVD's scope has a fixed magnification strength and cannot be zoomed in with).

Trivia Edit

  • The first person level-of-detail view of the in-game SVD strangely lacks its front sight even though it remains visible in third person.

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ArmA 2 Edit

« The SVD 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.
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SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
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Faction - Russian Armed Forces
- CDF
- ACR
- ChDKZ
- NAPA
- Takistani Army
- United Nations
Type Sniper Rifle / DMR
Caliber 7.62×54 mm
Magazine
capacity
10
Variants None
Games
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The SVD Dragunov is a 7.62 mm sniper rifle that is used by several BLUFOR, OPFOR, and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

The SVD Dragunov is a gas operated, semi-automatic sniper rifle with a rotating bolt that is chambered to fire the 7.62×54 mm round.

It loads from 10 round curved magazines and has a maximum fire rate of up to 400 rounds per minute, with a muzzle velocity of 870 m/s. The SVD is almost always fitted with the PSO telescopic sight, but is also available in a separate variant that has the NSPU night vision scope attached. The SVD cannot be suppressed or be fitted with laser pointers/flashlights, nor can it be zeroed.

The SVD is a somewhat unique weapon in that it combines the attributes of a designated marksman rifle and a sniper rifle in one weapon. With an effective range of between 800 metres and up to a maximum of 1,200 metres, it can hit distant targets with much better accuracy than the DMR while being able to fire as rapidly (as the shooter can pull the trigger) as the Mk17 Sniper due to being a semi-automatic weapon.

Compared to all of its American counterparts, it's arguably the superior weapon in that respect; not to mention that ammunition for the SVD is plentiful owing to the proliferation of Russian 7.62 mm-chambered firearms amongst most of the Chernarussian and Takistani factions. It performs well in the designated marksman role, especially in built-up areas; partially because of the low zoom of the PSO scope.

However when it comes to absolute precision at long ranges (800 metres or more), then the SVD tends to fall off significantly compared to dedicated sniper rifles like the M24. Because the SVD lacks any models that are fitted with riflescopes with variable magnification, its ability to effectively engage targets at those ranges is further restricted.

Camouflage Edit

  • Black: Standard matte black paint finish with a wooden stock and furniture.
  • Woodland: Barrel and optic are covered in a ghillie wrap designed to blend into a forested environment. Primarily used by both Russian Army snipers and NAPA sharpshooters.
  • Desert: Two-tone desert spraypaint camouflage. Used by Takistani Army SVDs.
  • Desert (Ghillie): Barrel and optic are covered in a ghillie wrap designed to blend into arid/semi-arid environments. Exclusively used by Takistani Army snipers.

Trivia Edit

  • The desert and NSPU-equipped variants of the SVD were not initially available in ArmA 2, and were only added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
  • Like the RPG-7V and AK-74 assault rifle, the SVD is also one of the most common firearms in ArmA 2 as it is used by almost every faction on BLUFOR and OPFOR, as well as with various Independent factions.

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Weapons of comparable role and configuration Edit