The SVD Dragunov Rifle cover
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Description

Featuring specially commissioned artwork and carefully chosen photographs, this study charts the SVD Dragunov rifle's development, combat use and lasting legacy, from Vietnam to Syria.

Developed as a medium-range sniping rifle in the Soviet Union during the 1960s, the Dragunov stood out against most Western sniping rifle types by being semi-automatic, a configuration that marginally lowers accuracy compared to bolt-action sniping rifles, but which allows for faster follow-up shots. Even so, the SVD is still capable of taking precision killing shots out to 800m and beyond, making it a thoroughly practical combat weapon for marksmen and snipers.

In this fully illustrated study, Chris McNab explores the Dragunov's development and performance in detail. But the story of this weapon really comes to life with its combat history. It is the world's most widespread sniping rifle, still in use in the former Soviet armies and sold to more than 40 countries worldwide. Its rugged design, dependable capabilities and relatively low cost mean that it has been used in every conceivable type of conflict, from Vietnam and Afghanistan to Iraq and Syria. Illustrated with cutaway artwork and battlescenes, plus technical and historical photographs, this study tells the story of this remarkable weapon, from design and development to tactical use in action.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Development
Use
Impact
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published 22 Jun 2023
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472855992
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 87
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

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Ramiro Bujeiro

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Alan Gilliland

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