posted on Jun, 24 2013 @ 10:06 AM
Originally posted by LibertysTeeth
Here is a review of the Romanian PSL-54C where we explore whether the Romanian Designated Marksman's Rifle is a poor man's Dragunov or just an
I have a PSL. I can say without question it is in fact BOTH a poor man's Dragunov AND an overgrown AK-47.
Remember, the PSL and the Dragunov (and whatever that knockoff is they use in China) are NOT sniper rifles, which is where a lot of the confusion is
coming from. These are Designated Marksman Rifles, which is a fancy word for "rifle that can hit man sized targets out past the crappy range of the
AK-47". Warsaw pact nations need such weapons specifically because they are almost always armed with crappy ranged AK-47s, and they were never
designed to be able to shoot the gun out of a bad guy's hand with .5 MOA accuracy like FBI snipers do. They were meant to kill man sized targets the
riflemen's weapons couldn't reach (I.E. machine gun nests or close support mortar crews), and killing man sized targets can be done with a rifle that
has the 3-4 MOA accuracy PSL rifles have. If you expect national match quality from something that has no purpose than as a mankiller then of course
you're going to be disappointed, particularly with the PSLs mediocre 4x scope. It is easy to overlook that the Dragunov is ALSO a DMR, which means
that despite all the hype and price tag, its accuracy isn't that much better.
That said, the PSL is very very good at what it's designed to do. It's built like a tank and the 7.62x54R round has been a thoroughbred manstopper
for well over 100 years. Now that the former Soviet Union is broke and selling off everything not nailed down, huge amounts of the stuff has been
showing up here. Also, the PSL isn't a toy- do a web search and you'll see a wide range of people from Iraqi soldiers to Palestinian insurgents using
it in combat, which is a hell of a lot more badass than the typical AR-15 being used to punch holes in paper targets. Plus, it looks cool- every time
I bring it to the range, from the looks I get from the other shooters you'd think I brought some Terminator weapon.
edit on 24-6-2013 by
GoodOlDave because: (no reason given)