reply to post by Cheesefacedogbone
Cheese, honestly, an SVD is not the type of firearm you want to learn on. The round that the rifle fires (7.62x54R) delivers considerable recoil on
the shoulder, and that recoil would ultimately impede any type of learning that would occur in terms of the fundamentals of shooting a firearm. You
don't want to be intimidated by the recoil of your gun, so start out easy.
One good question to ask yourself is what are you going to use it for? Is the firearm going to be used for hunting? Home defense? Target shooting? If
for home defense, what type of neighborhood do you have? Are your neighbors' houses far away from your or do you live in a suburban setting. Those
are the type of things you should think a bout when purchasing or considering a firearm purchase. If you live in a suburban setting, plan on using
your firearm for home defense, and want a rifle, I'd go for something small caliber that won't penetrate your neighbors' walls (collateral damage).
Just for the purpose of this thread, the 7.62x54r round has the capability to kill at 800+ yards, so it'd be able to go through at least a few homes
too. Kind of impractical for home defense wouldn't ya say? A good candidate for a HD (home defense) rifle is a pistol caliber carbine. More on those
An SVD's performance is pretty good. With sniper grade ammo, it has roughly the same performance attributes as the M110 and M24. An authentic SVD
from Mother Russia would cost you a pretty penny. Most of the Dragunovs out on the market today are Romanian or Chinese copies. The quality of the
workmanship with these are subpar compared to the Russian variants. Also, good scopes for the Dragunov will cost you too. The PSO-1 scope will cost
you, if you can find a good deal on one, great!
Like I said before though, the SVD may be a little hot for a beginner. To get better at shooting and to work on your technique, you're going to have
to fire a lot of ammo. The best candidate for this type of shooting is a .22lr. Plus, they have relatively no recoil, and they are accurate. If you
shop around you can find a decent .22 for $100 then spend the difference on ammo. The Ruger 10/22 is a great beginner rifle that'll last a long time
& if you want it to look cool they have a whole market for upgrading those things.
Pistol caliber Carbines are another option. They use pistol mags, but they are rifles. This means less recoil. Pistol caliber rounds means less
velocity = rounds will be less likely to end up in your neighbors' house. If you want one that looks really good & is made by a company with a
history, I'd suggest a Beretta Cx4 Storm. That's the one for you. I'd suggest the 9mm variant because 9mm rounds are more affordable than .40 & .45
The last thing!! & if you've been reading this long, thank you! Before you go off and buy a gun and start shooting it at a range, take some gun
safety courses at that range nearby to where you live. They'll teach you proper gun handling and shooting posture. Even though you got a merit badge
for using a rifle before, a little more knowledge can never hurt!