Type: Sniper Rifle
Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Izhmash - Soviet Union/Russia; Norinco - China; Zastava Arms - Serbia
Initial Year of Service: 1963
Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Cuba; Czech Republic; Egypt; Ethiopia; Finland; Georgia; Hungary; India; Iran; Iraq; Kazakhstan; Lebanon; Republic of Macedonia; Moldova; Mongolia; Nicaragua; North Korea; Pakistan; Palestine; Poland; Russia; Serbia; Slovakia; Sudan; Turkey; Uzbekistan; Ukraine; Soviet Union; Sri Lanka; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; Zimbabwe
Overall Length: 1,225 mm (48.23 inches)
Barrel Length: 620 mm (24.41 inches)
Weight (Empty): 9.50 lb (4.31 kg)
Caliber*: 7.62x54R Russian
Action: Gas-Operated; Rotating Bolt
Feed: 10-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Muzzle Velocity: 2,723 feet/sec (830 m/sec)
Range: 4,265 feet (1,300 m; 1,422 yards)
Sights: Mechanically-adjusted iron sights (backup rear); sliding tangent rear; optional optics
* Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.
SVD - Base Sniper Model Designation
SVDS - Folding tubular metal stock; cone-shaped flash-hider; synthetic pistol grip; fixed cheekpiece; synthetic shoulder pad; revised barrel; improved gas cylinder.
SVDSN - Night-Capable SVDS variant.
SVDN - Night-Equipped SVD rifle; adaptable to several types of night optic telescopic sights.
SVD Medved - Sport rifle
SVU - Assault sniper rifle; shortened barrel; PSO-1 telescopic sight; bullpup layout; triple-baffle muzzle brake; improved recoil reduction; folding iron sights.
SVU-A - Selective fire capability; based on the SVU model; 20-round magazine.
SWD-M - Modernized SVD; heavier barrel; LD-6 (6x42) telescopic sight capable.
"Nakhjir" - Iranian license-production copy of the SVD