A Russian sniper and his SVD Dragunov, both in full arctic camouflage. A few years ago there was someone selling some SVD handguards and a stock in arctic camouflage and claimed it was an experimental prototype set. I kind of doubted the story since the finish on the parts looked like something anyone could have done in their garage. It wasn’t terrible, it was well done, almost professional but it looked too off the shelf.
The Chinese version of the Russian SVD, the NDM-86 was available in the U.S for a short period of time before the import ban. You can find them in two calibers; the standard and more traditional 7.62x54mmR and in 7.62x51mm, which was meant to appeal to the American gun owner and hunter. It uses a proprietary box magazine.
Note the rather large optic. Instead of a standard POSP scope, this one has an 1P21, which is a larger version with a somewhat more complicated reticle. Handguards are Russian aftermarket pieces. One important thing to consider is that the NDM-86’s in 7.62x51mm have free floating firing pins. They will pierce and rupture commercial ammo. A small spring and modification to the firing pin are needed in order to safely shoot commercial ammo.
A custom, modified Dragunov with aftermarket parts.The rifle’s owner is located in Russia. I know that you can own long guns there under certain restrictions. Unless the laws have changed, it was mentioned by a Russian 3-gun competitor that semi-auto rifles must be a certain length, no magazines over 10 rounds and you are limited to only 5 shotguns, 5 rifles and no handguns. A special collector’s license is required in order to buy an unlimited number of firearms. Anyway back to the eye candy.
Civilian model of the Russian SVD Dragunov, the Tigr (Tiger) was imported by several U.S companies such as B-West and Century Arms. There was one special variant brought in by California Armory that retained most of its military features such as the original handguard, stock, and flash hider/front sight assembly. These rare variants became known as the “California Tigers”. In spite their SVD like appearance they did not have the full length barrel or adjustable gas system.
It’s kind of ironic when you think about it. Only the California Tigers kept their military configuration whereas all of the other Tigers were neutered sporting models. Now it’s pretty much the reverse for California regarding certain rifles. (GRH)