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Dragunov

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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.