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Modernized Dragunov sniper rifle about to be supplied to the Russian Armed Forces 20810151.


| 2015
Defence & Security News - Russia
 
Modernized Dragunov sniper rifle about to be supplied to the Russian Armed Forces
The modernized Dragunov sniper rifle "MDSR" manufactured by the Kalashnikov Concern has been accepted for supplying the Russian Armed Forces, a defense industry source told the Russian news agency TASS. "The MDSR has been accepted for supplying the Armed Forces," the source informed. "At present, there are contracts to provide it." However, the source did not specify the scope of supplies and their destination.
     
Modernized Dragunov sniper rifle about to be supplied to the Russian Armed Forces 640 001The MSDR is an upgraded variant of the Dragunov SVD fitted i.a. with a standard Picatinny rail
     
The MDSR is an upgraded version of the widely used SVD sniper rifle. Compared to the baseline model, it has a shorter barrel and a changed gas tube shape. On their junction is a sight, which has previously been in front of the flash suppresser.

The MDSR has received the standard MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail for fitting the sighting equipment. The baseline SVD rifle’s sight attachment assembly on the left side of the barrel extension has been preserved. The rifle is outfitted with a detachable bipod leg and a skeleton stock with a rubber backplate plus a compensator and a cheek piece. The thickened wall barrel ensures a close pattern in intense firing. Used as standard munitions are 7.62x54R mm rounds.

The aiming range with an optic sight is 1,300 m, the effective rate of fire is 30 shots per min. The MDSR is an automatic weapon with gas-operated reloading. The locking is effected by rotating the bolt. The rifle weighs 5.3 kg with an empty magazine without sight and bipod. It has retained the SVD metallic 10 round.

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