The Dragunov Sniper Rifle (SVD)

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Those who follow the war in Syria on YouTube or Twitter will likely be familiar with the unique profile of the Soviet sniper rifle officially known as the SVD (Samozariyadnyia Vintokvka Dragunova). Unofficially, of course, it goes by the name Dragunov.  The weapon has a long record of reliable service, having first appeared in 1963.  It has seen action in every conflict in which the Soviet Union, Russia, and her allies have been involved since that time.  In Syria, it has seen use all over the theater of conflict, in both urban settings and in the countryside.

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