|Weapon Type||Primary Weapon|
|Weapon Class||Designated Marksman Rifle|
|Rank Prerequisites||Rank 105|
|Damage||70 -> 60|
|Range||50 max -> 250 min|
|Magazine Size||10, 11|
|Rate of Fire||60 RPM|
The Dragunov SVDS, (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova Skladnaya; Sniper Rifle Dragunov Foldable) is a folding stock variant of the older Dragunov SVD rifle. It was designed in 1991 at the Izhevsk (Izhmash) factory and chambered for the same 7.62x54mmR cartridge used in the SVD. A PSO-1M2 scope comes with the rifle by default from the manufacturer.
The SVDS was designed for usage by airborne infantry units; the folding stock allowing for a more compact size - helpful during transportation and landing operations. It also has other improvements over the older SVD design. Unlike its predecessor, the stock and grip are separated instead of one piece stock-grip; The grips and cover are made from plastic instead of wood and a fixed cheek rest was added, which allows for more comfortable shooting. The rifle was also designed for better egronomics, being slighly shorter than the original SVD and is comparable to sporting rifles.
Like other Dragunovs, the SVDS is used as a squad support weapon; the equivalent of a Designated Marksman Rifle in Western militaries. The rifle is very capable for long range sniping, but its accuracy is considered sub-par to the newer, more modern weapon systems. Regardless, it is still able to reliably hit a human size target up to 800 meters.
The newest version of the SVD family, the SVDM, is a modernized SVDS.
The Dragunov SVDS is not a typical DMR, being statistically similar to most of the sniper rifles. It is a hard-hitting, slow firing DMR, being the only DMR in-game capable of one-shot headshot at any range; more in line with sniper rifles like the Mosin-Nagant. It is also a two-shot-kill (2SK) at any range, again much like the Mosin-Nagant. Rate of fire (RoF) is very slow, however. It is the slowest in-class at 60 RPM, equating to one shot per second, which is more in line with the sniper rifles than DMRs, being slightly faster than the Mosin-Nagant, the fastest-firing sniper rifle in-game.
It has poor handling traits, sporting a slow aim-down-sights (ADS) time and slow mobility speed, on par with the Dragunov SVU. Reload times are also fairly slow, with a tactical reload taking 3.1 seconds and an empty reload an even longer 4.2 seconds. Ammuniton reserve is also low for its class, at 40 rounds, although this is more in-line with the sniper rifles. Magazine capcity is small for its class, at 10+1 rounds; tied with the Dragunov SVU , VSS Vintorez and SCAR SSR . However when compared to sniper rifles, it is tied with the AWS which boasts the highest magazine capacity in-class. Its mobility is also comparable to the Dragunov SVU.
Usage & Tactics
The Dragunov SVDS is essentially a semi-automatic sniper rifle and should be treated as such. Like its other two hard-hitting DMR counterparts, it is outgunned at closer ranges due to its slow RoF, so close-quarters-combat (CQC) should be avoided if possible. Nevertheless, it does have the advantage of being able to 1SK at any range with headshots and compared to the sniper rifle class, it fires slightly faster than all sniper rifles. Because the SVDS is semi-automatic, the user does not need to stop ADS to cycle a bolt like one would on a bolt-action sniper rifle. This makes it much easier to track targets, particularly moving ones, as the player does not need to zoom out after every shot, allowing for easier follow-up shots if the player misses their first shot. The SVDS weapon is as powerful as other sniper rifles boasting the same one-shot headshot potential.
Compared to sniper rifles, they benefit from torso multipliers which make them a 1SK, even without headshots. The SVDS lacks this ability. However, with headshots, it performs identical, if not, better than most Sniper Rifles, given the slightly better RoF than other Snipers. Body shots are not as effective, unless the enemy is injured, due to the SVDS’ low RoF which equates to a much higher time-to-kill (TTK) than most DMRs, which benefit from higher firerates.
The PSO-1M2 scope is very good for long range engagement due to its 10x magnification. It provides the user with a scope identical in performance to the default Sniper Scope. An alternative option for high magnification optics is the VCOG 6x Scope, the rest of the available optics are really hard to be used in conjunction with the SVDS. The camera recoil and the model kickback is very high and not ideal for sniping and, as stated above, CQC is not ideal. Using an optic, excluding the sniper optics, the player can press T to switch to the backup sight mode, which uses the default iron sights. Nevertheless, compared to the canted sights, it is quite obstructive, the canted sight will replace the default iron sights once equipped. Though the backup iron sights are not available for sniper optics, the canted sights are still available as a backup sight. The Ballistics Tracker is also a very good option for the Dragunov SVDS because of the one-shot-kill to the head capability.
The SVDS is a high skill cap weapon, with a high risk but equally high reward for using the weapon. If a player can reliably perform headshots, it becomes an extremely lethal weapon, rivaling and even surpassing Sniper Rifles. However, without headshots, the weapon cannot match the firepower of other DMRs, having a sluggish firerate, sluggish mobility and sluggish time to ADS. It is a bridge between DMRs and Sniper Rifles, having the potential lethality of a Sniper Rifle but retaining the semi-automatic nature of a DMR.
Pros & Cons
- One-shot headshot at all ranges.
- Very high damage for a DMR - 2SK at all ranges.
- Able to equip a 10x magnification scope.
- Clean iron sights.
- One-shot torso kill ability within 50 studs.
- Highest penetration in the DMR class.
- Slowest semi-auto fire rate in-game - only slightly higher than all bolt action primaries.
- Sluggish reload time.
- Very poor CQC capabilities.
- Very poor hipfire accuracy.
- Slow ADS time.
- High camera recoil.
- Lowest reserve ammunition amount in-class - tied with SVU.
- Requires 2000 kills to unlock the PSO-1M2 or pay an expensive amount of credits.
- Prior to 2/25/2018, the SVDS had a five-round magazine but had the ten-round magazine model.
- It used the same magazine model as the SVU.
- It also meant prior to the update, the magazine model was incorrect.
- The SVDS's iron sights in-game resemble more of a WW2-era German design, such as the Gewehr 43 or StG-44, rather than the sights similar to the Mosin Nagant it has in reality.
- The SVDS is the only semi-automatic rifle in-game capable of a one-shot headshot at any distance.
- Even though the bolt locks back on any SVD platform rifle in real life when emptied, the SVDS in-game doesn’t have a bolt that locks back. This also applies to the SVU.
- The SVDS has the synthetic furniture, folding stock and separate pistol grip of the real SVDS, but the proportions of the in-game model are closer to the original SVD proportions.
- The SVDS is currently the highest rank unlock for a DMR, at Rank 105.