This PDF is the Technical Description and Service Manual of the 7. 62-mm Dragunov sniper rifle (SVD) is intended for studying the rifles and optical sights and keeping them in constant fighting ready for action.
This paper includes specifications and data of the rifle and optical sight design and operation, as well as main rules necessary to provide for the proper maintenance of the rifle with the sight and full using of their technical capabilities.
Since efforts are continuously being made by the Soviets to improve the rifle and its completing articles, minor changes in the Technical Description may be introduced without special notice.
If you don’t know anything about the Dragunov rifle, it played a very important role in the Steven Hunter books, as it was a specialized tool that was still classified by the USSR and was used to show how important a target GySgt Swagger was in the book series.
In real life it was not meant for highly trained and specialized sniper teams, but rather for designated marksmen. After the introduction of the SVD, the Soviet Army deployed designated marksmen at the basic motorized infantry rifle platoon level. Those designated marksmen were often chosen from personnel who did well in terms of rifle marksmanship while members of DOSAAF.
Such marksmen were estimated to have a 50% probability of hitting a standing, man-sized target at 800 m (875 yd), and an 80% probability of hitting a standing, man-sized target at 500 m (547 yd). For distances not exceeding 200 m (219 yd) the probability was estimated to be well above 90%. To attain this level of accuracy the sniper could not engage more than two such targets per minute.
Once the rifle had been produced in sufficient numbers every platoon of Warsaw Pact troops included at least one Dragunov rifle marksman.