PSO-1 Scope



PSO1 hip

Attachment Type Optics
Kills Required 0
Dragunov SVU and VSS Vintorez

The PSO-1 Scope is a Russian Telescopic Sight available for the Dragunov SVU and VSS Vintorez. It is unlocked by default.


The PSO-1 (Прицел Снайперский Оптический, Pritsel Snaipersky Optichesky, "Optical Sniper Sight"), is a telescopic scope manufactured by the Novosibirsk instrument-making factory in Russia. It was designed specifically for the SVD as a telescopic sight for military designated marksman roles. However, it is used on other rifles such as the VSS and VSK-94.[1]

At the time of its introduction in 1964, it was considered the most advanced telescopic scopes ever designed for a mass-production rifle. It has a 4x power magnification.

The current version of the sight is the PSO-1M2.


The model in-game is a PSO-1. The reticle is the default PSO-1 reticle, but colored green.


General Information

The PSO-1 is only available on the SVU and VSS. It is unique in that it uses the Sniper scope mechanic; blacking out the peripheral vision, but having a lower magnification of 4x, lower than most scopes which use the mechanic. It has a similar magnification level as the ACOG Scope, but has better precision at the cost of peripheral vision due to having the Sniper scope mechanic. It requires no kills to be unlocked, being immediately available to the user. Because of this, it functions as an alternative optic to the default SVU scope and the iron sights on the VSS. 

Usage & Tactics

The PSO-1 serves similar but slightly different roles on each weapon, given how each weapon functions and their available attachments. 

For the SVU, it is a better medium-range alternative to the default scope, providing a higher Field of View (FOV), allowing users to see more of their surroundings at the cost of longer-ranged precision. Given the SVU's higher damage at close to medium ranges, it is a good option, providing better medium-range performance over the default scope but retain good precision. However, the PSO-1 hinders the SVU's ability to compete at longer ranges against weapons like the Dragunov SVDS, the SCAR-SSR and Sniper Rifles given its lower magnification. 

Some users who would prefer to retain their peripheral vision are better off using optics like the ACOG or M145, which have similar magnification levels to the PSO-1 but do not use the Sniper scope mechanic. Some users may want a compromise between the PSO-1 and the default scope. The VCOG 6x Scope provides the middle ground in terms of magnification, having a 6x magnification which sits in between the 7.5x of the default scope and the 4x of the PSO-1. 

For the VSS, the PSO-1 serves as a medium-range alternative to the iron sights, providing much better target acquisition at longer distances at the cost of peripheral vision and better CQC performance. It is recommended to use the semi-automatic firemode when using the scope except in dire circumstances, as the harsh recoil whilst Aiming Down Sights (ADS) will make it extremely hard to track targets and fire follow-up shots. If a user is strictly using the VSS in CQC, than an optic such as the Coyote Sight would be a better choice. However, given the versatility of the VSS, using the PSO-1 in conjunction with a Canted Sight would increase this trait, as it gives the user the ability to compete at close and medium ranges with relative ease via switching between optics.

Again, some users who wish to have better peripheral vision are better off using optics like the ACOG or M145. However, since the VSS has no default scope, the VCOG serves as a better longer-ranged option to the PSO-1, at the cost of a lower FOV and slightly worse medium-range performance.


In conclusion, the PSO-1 provides the SVU and VSS a medium-range alternative to other optics, but retains the precision of Sniper scopes at the cost of peripheral vision.

Pros & Cons


  • Unlocked by default.
  • Provides VSS with better long-range capabilities.
  • Lower aim-down-sight time than most scopes.
  • Good steadying scope time.
  • Better at mid-range compared to the SVU's default scope due to lower magnification.
  • Better at seeing in dark conditions compared to other scopes.


  • Worse at long range compared to the VCOG and SVU's default scope due to lower magnification.
  • Exclusive to the Dragunov SVU and VSS Vintorez.
  • Worsens VSS's CQC performance.
  • Has to be steadied for better accuracy, unlike other 4x optics which don't require any steadying.
  • Large decrease in peripheral vision compared to other 4x optics.


  • This used to be the default scope for the VSS Vintorez but was removed and replaced with iron sights. It has since returned and functions as an alternative to the iron sights.
  • The scope is nearly identical to the SVD default scope design, with some minor cosmetic changes. Most noticeable differences are its lower magnification and a green reticle versus the SVD's default scope's red.
  • Visually, the PSO-1 resembles the Dragunov SVU's default scope.




Optics Primary ACOG - C79 - Comp Aimpoint - Coyote Sight - EOTech 552 - EOTech XPS2 - Kobra Sight - M145 - MARS - PK-A - PKA-S - PM II - PSO-1 - PU-1 - Reflex Sight - VCOG 6x Scope - PSO-1M2 Scope - Z-Point - Extended Stock
Secondary Delta Sight - Full Ring Sight - Half Ring Sight - Mini Sight
Underbarrel Grips Angled Grip - Folding Grip - Stubby Grip - Vertical Grip
Miscellaneous Flashlight - Laser - Green Laser
Barrel Flash and Sound Suppression ARS Suppressor - Flash Hider - PBS-1 Suppressor - PBS-4 Suppressor - R2 Suppressor - Suppressor - Osprey Suppressor
Recoil Management Muzzle Brake - Compensator
Other Aid aiming Ballistics Tracker - Boom Stock - Glock Stock - Green Laser - Laser
Backup sights Canted Delta Sight - Canted Iron Sights
Ammunition 33 Round Magazine - Extended Magazine - Buckshot - Flechette - Birdshot - Slugs - Hollow Point - Armor Piercing
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