Designed in the early 1990s, the Dragunov SVU (Snayperskaya Vintovka Ukorochennaya) is the result of a modernization project of the SVD (Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova) sniper rifle, and was developed into a bullpup design. It uses an integral suppressor and fires 7.62x54mmR rounds fitted in a 10-round or, in real life, 20-round detachable box magazines as well. The Dragunov SVU, also known as the OTs-03, was developed for the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, manufactured for security needs. The weapon was originally going to become the successor of the famous Soviet SVD, but the manufacturers realized that they would have to completely alter the mechanism if they were to implement a bullpup design, and therefore, the SVU was created. In the real world, it is designed and fitted with an integral special muzzle brake and most of the items on the SVU have been modernized versions of what's found on the SVD rifle.
The regular SVU has the same barrel length as the regular SVD, 62 cm. However, the SVU-A, the fully-automatic version of the SVU, has a shorter barrel, at 52 cm. The model used in PF is the SVU-A model without the fully automatic capability.
The Dragunov SVU is essentially a hybrid between a Sniper Rifle and a DMR. It has a high magazine capacity for a sniper rifle but it's low for a typical DMR, same goes for its rate of fire. The Dragunov SVU has a monstrous damage output, it can kill an opponent with 1 shot in the torso at close range and 2 shots to kill at other ranges, but it can only do a 1-shot headshot-kill at medium range, up to 160 studs. Though, a headshot hit of the Dragunov SVU will deal up to 97 damage at long range and it will likely eliminate the opponent in the most of case. However, this is balanced out by also having extremely low mobility for a DMR.
The Dragunov SVU by default has the red illuminated typical Russian scope with a range finder and a representation of a 1.7m tall man bullet drop calculator in the bottom left. Current, it's the only DMR with a telescopic sight as its default optic.
Due to its high vertical recoil, rapid shots are difficult with a higher-power scope unless you can get a headshot. The Dragunov SVU has steeper bullet drop than the other rifles, so players still need to be extra careful and take time for aiming; a muzzle brake is highly recommended. This weapon can be used at medium to long range to protect objectives or wipe out other snipers. The Dragunov SVU can fill a more offensive role because of its high damage and great headshot multiplier, which makes it easier to kill people if the player is accurate.
Usage & Tactics
Pros & Cons
- Highest damage of the DMRs.
- One headshot kill up to 91 studs, and still does a massive damage to the target at longer range.
- Has a default scope, unlike other DMR weapons.
- Very fast reload for a bullpup weapon.
- High recoil while firing rapidly.
- Lowest RoF (Rate of Fire) of its class.
- Low ammo capacity compared to the other DMRs.
- Poor scope for tap-firing.
- The SVU's default scope seems to be modelled after a PSO-1 scope, but functions as if it were a PKS-07 scope. This is because the scope in-game is 7.5x zoom, and the PKS-07 is a 7x time scope which is close to the in-game zoom level.
- In addition, the PSO-1 is available as a default attachment for the Dragunov-SVU and the VSS Vintorez
- The model used in PF is the SVU-A model, which cannot fire in fully-automatic mode.
- In real life, the gun has a built-in muzzle brake. Despite this, the gun currently has relatively high vertical recoil in-game.
- In real life, the SVU can use a 20-round magazine. However, these are very rare.
- For balance reasons, the weapon's headshot multiplier was reduced from an initial value of x2 to x1.8.
- Besides the AUG A1, G36, and SFG 50, the Dragunov is the only non-sniper weapon that has a scope by default.
- The Dragunov has folding iron sights which do not see use in-game.
- When first introduced, the SVU was classified as a sniper rifle instead of a DMR. This was soon changed, but explains why it still has a built-in scope, and picks up ammo from sniper rifles rather than DMRs.
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