Originally posted by @May 18 2000, 03:23 PM
The SVD as a sniper weapon in the NATO tradition, leaves much to be desired. I'd love to hear from folks in "the know" regarding the designated marksman concept... this is sort-of the way the Eastern Block countries use thier snipers...how did it work in Afganistan and Chechnia?
The SVD is in fact a designated marksman's rifle for infantry squads. The Soviets did use sniper teams as well, but I believe had still been relying on the aging Mosin Nagant bolt action rifles for this role - same one used in WWII!
I have not heard reports in re the use of the SVD in the Balkans conflict. I do know that export versions of that gun have been a major headache to our troops in Iraq as the insurgents seem to have an ample supply of them.
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