The Dragunov Sniper Rifle is a Russian semi-automatic sniper rifle.


Weight: 4.3 kg (9.48 lbs)

Length: 122.5 cm (48.2 in)

Barrel Length: 61 cm (24 inches)

Cartridge: 7.62x54mmR

Action: Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Muzzle Velocity: 830 m/s (2,723 ft/s)

Effective Range: 800 meters

Maximum Range: 1300 meters with scope

Feed System: 10-round detachable box magazine

Sights: PSO-1 telescopic sight and iron sights with an adjustable rear notch sight


First constructed in 1963 by the Soviet Union, the Dragunov is widely used in Russia and a number of former Warsaw Pact countries. It is unique in that it was not meant for use by highly trained and specialized sniper teams, but for designated marksmen, spread in every basic infantry unit. Also, in order to fire effective API ammunition, its accuracy potential was downgraded slightly by shortening the twist rate, an uncommon priority in a pure sniper rifle. As a result, its precision, while still good, is not exceptional by sniper rifle standards.

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