Musical chairs of modern sniping Part 3

Musical chairs of modern sniping Part 3

Vorobiev was a member of the elite Soviet Spetsnaz in Afghanistan in the 1980s. He's a U.S. citizen now and conducts training courses that draw on his special forces training. He'll have a new installment every Wednesday.

The Soviet SVD sniper rifle was developed to support a dynamic and highly mobile force doctrine. If sniping is not important, why bother involving hundreds of people to design a completely new rifle? Why not just resurrect the good old SVT-40 or continue to issue Mosin sniper rifles? The truth is the Soviets were putting a lot of emphasis on precision rapid fire as a support and anti-sniper tool.

The task to come up with new design fell on Evgeniy Dragunov's shoulders. Dragunov was an established designer of sporting rifles for shooting competition for years before embarking on the SVD project. His rifles had won numerous world championships and Olympic medals. As a result of his labors, the Soviet forces adopted a sniper system in 1963. The system consisted of a rifle, scope, cartridge that were developed simultaneously as a whole.

Many in the West consider the SVD a designated marksman rifle, which I regard as completely wrong. The fact of the matter is that the SVD is highly accurized scoped rifle firing very accurate and potent rifle cartridge capable of reaching ranges of up to 1000 meters. With the proper ammunition, it is a sub-moa rifle and the further it shoots, the better it gets. It becomes lethal in the hands of properly trained sniper.


In early '70s when SVDs started to be issued to the troops, a typical Soviet motorized infantry company would have one sniper. It wasnít until the Afghan Campaign that number of snipers per company had increased to four, or one per platoon.


Today the SVD continues to be a main sniper rifle of Russian Armed Forces: a spot that this legendary rifle has truly earned.


Evgeniy Dragunov the creator of the Soviet SVD rifle holding a product of his labor. The SVD is a contemporary of the M16 and seems set to last just as long.


The Spetsnaz sniper has taken a position in the grape vines in the Chirikar region of Afghanistan. Sniping has become more important in Russian doctrine.


Russian Spetsnaz GRU is on patrol in the mountains of Chechnya. That small Caucasian land has been a thorn in the Russian side since the time of Tolstoy.


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Springfield Armory Saint Victor in .308

Springfield Armory Saint Victor in .308

The Saint Victor in .308 features a 16" light weight barrel, M-Lok® free float hand guard and included flip-up sights.

The GPO Rangeguide 10x50

The GPO Rangeguide 10x50

If you need to see your game, and know the distance in all hunting environments, the GPO RANGEGUIDE 10×50 is your winning ticket.

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

Kyle Lamb and Eric Poole talk SIG pistols

G&A Editor Eric Poole and Viking Tacticals's Kyle Lamb talks about 2 new pistols from SIG Sauer and a Lipsey's Special of the P365.

Ruger introduces Rifles Chambered in the All-New .350 Legend

Ruger introduces Rifles Chambered in the All-New .350 Legend

Two Ruger American Ranch rifles and the AR-556 MPR are now chambered for Winchester's .350 Legend cartridge.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Governor Northam is calling a special session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, July 9th, to do nothing but pass more gun control! 2nd Amendment

Virginia Governor Northam Declares War on Gun Owners

Virginia Citizens Defense League - July 09, 2019

Governor Northam is calling a special session of the General Assembly on Tuesday, July 9th, to...

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers. Historical

World War II German Elefant Tank Destroyers

Neal S Shera - July 12, 2019

The last of Germany's infamous Elefant tank destroyers.

Rhode Islanders are setting brushfires for freedom once again as they advance a Second Amendment Sanctuary Town movement. 2nd Amendment

SPECIAL REPORT: BIG 2A HISTORY BEING MADE IN LITTLE RHODE ISLAND

John Peterson - May 22, 2019

Rhode Islanders are setting brushfires for freedom once again as they advance a Second...

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy. Air Guns

AirForce Airguns Condor Ring-Loc Kit Review

Tom Gaylord - May 29, 2019

A $50 Ring Loc-Kit gives AirForce Condor airgunners unparalleled power and accuracy.

See More Trending Articles

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW OUR CURRENT ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.