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The Dragunov sniper rifle (formally Russian: Снайперская винтовка Драгунова, Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova (SVD), literally "Dragunov's sniper rifle") is a semi-automatic sniper rifle/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union.

The Dragunov was designed as a squad support weapon since, according to Soviet and Soviet-derived military doctrines, the long-range engagement ability was lost to ordinary troops when submachine guns and assault rifles (which are optimized for close-range and medium-range, rapid-fire combat) were adopted. For that reason, it was originally named "Полуавтоматическая винтовка Драгунова" Dragunov's Semi-automatic Rifle.

In Project Reality, the SVD Dragunov appears as a marksman rifle for the Russian Armed Forces, Hamas, Taliban, Insurgents, and Militia. 

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Trivia Edit

  • The wooden finish Dragunov is incorrectly depicted with a wooden version of the synthetic stock instead of the distinctive wooden stock used by the real weapon.
  • It should be notice that despite it's appearance, the SVD has little in common with the AK rifles.

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