Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova, aka the Dragunov SVD was designed not as a standard sniper rifle in its Western meaning of the term. In fact, main role of the SVD in Soviet / Russian Army is to extend effective range of fire of every infantry squad up to about 600 meters and to provide special fire support. SVD is a lightweight and quite accurate (for its class) rifle, capable of semi-auto fire.
The first request for a new sniper rifle was issued in 1958 and in 1963 the SVD was accepted by the Soviet Military, it is designed to use any standard 7.62x54R ammunition, but its primary round is specially developed for the SVD sniper-grade cartridge with a steel-core bullet. Every infantry squad in the Russian (Soviet) army had at least one man with the SVD. The SVD rifle is extremely reliable in all conditions, and designed for heavy use. It has backup adjustable iron sights as a standard option, as well as a bayonet mount (standard AK-47 bayonet type).
The long awaited gas blowback version of the WE SVD Sniper Rifle has finally arrived. The gun comes in different versions : one with black plastic stock and the more expensive wood version. The premium wood and steel version has a steel CNC-milled receiver, outer barrel, rear sight, and muzzle device; using real wood for the skeletal stock and the hand guard. Built approximately to:1 specifications to the real SVD, at around 1220mm in length. The solid build of WE ACE-VD just looks and feels exactly the same as if holding the real steel. Featuring an extremely long inner barrel and a super high capacity cylinder, the recoil is extremely strong. The long barrel also means long range shooting capability, delivering 400fps on 0.2g BB. Our tests have shown that the gun is quite accurate. . Each magazine holds up to 90rds, also constructed entirely of steel (1x 90rds Steel Mag Included).
Note: The FPS quoted is for reference only, actual results may vary to individual products.