Ive seen many Romanian SVD rifles in my 5 years over sea's and they work just as well as the Russian rifles. Accuracy is the same... 1-2 MOA 5 shot groups @ 100 yards. There are many of the Romanian rifles in Chad, Nigeria and Liberia and as some of you know... the US Marines are currently training up the forces of those nations to be able to resist terrorism. I have used the Russian and Romanian SVD's and cant tell them apart quality / accuracy wise.
It is most certianly NOT a copy of a Russian SVD (Dragunov), though it does occupy a similar tactical niche in the former Soviet-bloc militarys of Eastern Europe. For quite a few years it was incorrectly known as the "FPK" by American military intelligence agencys, and unscrupulous wholesalers continue to advertised it as a "Dragunov". (I would pay some pretty good bucks for a real Drag...)
It shoots about inch groups while the barrel is cool, with decent ammo. With slap-dash Russian 7.62x54R Wolf (like in the photo of mine) it shoots 2.5's a lot.
There was an article in this months "Guns" magazine on the PSL by Holt Bodington that was very informative. He was able to get 1 MOA out of his with handloads too.
Zombie, my best advice to you is make sure you buy a real, Romanian factory-made rifle. There are a lot of "kit-built" PSL's floating around right now and while some kit-guns were assembled by competent individuals.......some are absolute junk.
Yep, Crazd is correct (which is good since he owns one). These rifles are not copies of SVD's, as they are not build on the same action. The Romanian rifles I believe are built on the RPK action. They look somewhat a like, but thats about it....
Thanks for the great info. Guys!
Help out alot!
Crazdgunman, where did you buy yours at?
Should I just ask the Dealer if this rifle he is selling is Real Romanian Factory-made? Because I'm not going to buy any "Kit-Built" one!?
I got mine from Interordinance. Yer' pretty safe if you buy from them (regarding authentic PSL's), and can find their ads in Shotgun News.
There has been a small cottage industry producing "kit-built" PSL's due to cheap de-mil'ed full parts sets coming into the country, so It wouldn't hurt to ask. I heard that SOG was even stocking the domestically re-assembled rifles, but I haven't confirmed that bit of info.
They are fun rifles and an interesting example of sniper-tech from the former Soviet bloc.
If you use better ammo your groups should go way down... considering a standard AK-M with Winchester Metric ammo is capable of 2 MOA i dont see any reason why the Romanian PSL shouldnt be able to get 1 MOA. Try out the Winchester Metric 7.62X54R ammo... it comes in the white box's... your groups will improve.
And yes... the PSL is built off an elongated RPK (light machinegun version of the Kalishnikov style weapon) reciever... minus the auto-selector / auto sear of coarse.
Wolf is wolf... and the ammo they pump out really sucks (its fine for screwin around with an AK / Nagant though). There sniper ammo for there 7.62X54R caliber rifles is made alot better and i dont think many people are looking for quality expensive 7.62X54R ammo... so i dont think they would make much money off it.