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Old 01-13-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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A&K SVD questions.....

I'm very much a novice in airsoft, so I ask forgiveness in advance for any unintelligent questions or statements in advance (insert smile and laugh here). I am learning a lot just reading various posts here, but I need some specific assistance; and I also thank you guys in advance for that too.

I usually use my G&P M870 in games, but I have recently gotten a steal on a A&K SVD with the Soviet throwback military red illuminated 4x26 scope. I haven't used it in a game yet, as I cannot get it sighted in at all. The gun came with the stock internals and a bag of .28g BBs. I have found the hop-up screw but it fails to adjust the flight of the BBs as they stay at the far bottom of the reticle and really makes the gun unusable. OK, I know there is a solution known by the experienced in this field. Please assist. Again, thanks in advance :)
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There could be any number of things wrong with it. Some starting places would be air seal, hop up and barrel, and the scope. Odds are that is a replica scope, and that would be a good portion of your problem.

Most of the replica scopes are absolute garbage. I have used almost every replica PSO/POSP scope and they all are terrible. The only one I can not say about is the Real Sword scope, as I have not used it. You will want to invest in either a different scope mount or a new scope. If you are happy with the 4x26 then this is one to look at: POSP 4x24 w/ Black Finish, 400 Meter Rangefinder Rifle Scope, SKS/SVD Version

There are adjustable zoom models as well.

If you are going for a mount and use a standard weaver scope then this would be a decent mount: Kalinka BP-02 SVD/SKS Low Profile Centered Side Mount to Weaver Rail w/ Black Finish
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Old 01-13-2015, 01:23 PM   #3
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There could be any number of things wrong with it. Some starting places would be air seal, hop up and barrel, and the scope. Odds are that is a replica scope, and that would be a good portion of your problem.

Most of the replica scopes are absolute garbage. I have used almost every replica PSO/POSP scope and they all are terrible. The only one I can not say about is the Real Sword scope, as I have not used it. You will want to invest in either a different scope mount or a new scope. If you are happy with the 4x26 then this is one to look at: POSP 4x24 w/ Black Finish, 400 Meter Rangefinder Rifle Scope, SKS/SVD Version

There are adjustable zoom models as well.

If you are going for a mount and use a standard weaver scope then this would be a decent mount: Kalinka BP-02 SVD/SKS Low Profile Centered Side Mount to Weaver Rail w/ Black Finish
Thanks a bunch for your quick reply... it's a rainy day here in Raleigh and I'm in a work lull. Anyway, let me say that I'm going to upgrade the internals and I hope it will alleviate any of the "non-scope" possible issues. I am ordering the following to upgrade the internals:
PPS SVD Steel Piston Catch
PPS SVD Hopup Chamber
PPS Spring SVD High Power Piston
PDI 170% AEG Spring
....a tight-bore barrel (when I find out the proper length)

Now as far as the scope goes, wow that POSP looks like a fantastic scope, but it is pricey. Have you used one? Is it worth the just under $300? If it's worth it and another (cheaper) option isn't out there, I'll probably bite.

If I go with a low-profile mount (lots of places to source that) then what scope would you recommend? The 4x24 isn't set in stone at all, it's just what came with the SVD.
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That scope I linked is the scope I use on my E1 CSR and it was worth it. Especially after I spent more then that buying the replica scopes. Has better clarity and it does not fog up on me like the other scopes have done. Plus it can take a fair amount of abuse, Kalinka sells most of the parts that can be broken on it (or wear out.) You can not get that with the replicas.

If you want to keep the look of the SVD then absolutely worth it. As far as other scopes are concerned generally 3-9x is more then enough. Personally I use 4x the majority of the time on all of my rifles. The only time I change it is if I am gathering intel. Other then that I leave it alone.

I listed that mount as it is centered for the SVD and I know it to be one of the better built mounts.

Work on the core before you get to the scope and mount.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:17 AM   #5
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That scope I linked is the scope I use on my E1 CSR and it was worth it. Especially after I spent more then that buying the replica scopes. Has better clarity and it does not fog up on me like the other scopes have done. Plus it can take a fair amount of abuse...Work on the core before you get to the scope and mount.
I agree with that and I don't mind giving out some $$$ when the return is worth it. As far as working on the core, I have ordered:PPS SVD Steel Piston Catch, PPS SVD Hopup Chamber, PPS Spring SVD High Power Piston, PDI 170% AEG Spring, SHS 6.03mm Tightbore Inner Barrel - 590mm.

I have a few questions (since your expertise or others far, far exceed my own):
1. Am I missing anything for a solid rebuild/upgrade?
2. What about "barrel spacers"? I have no idea....and didn't see any for a SVD on the order site, but they seem to be a common part for sniper upgrades.
3. Although I am fairly mechanical, do you know if an exploded view of an SVD exists?

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I am not overly familiar with the A&K so I can not comment on your parts too much or make any recommendations because I do not know much about it. (the A&K is a spring action right?) Most of my area of knowledge concerning SVDs revolves around the Classic Army SVD and the CYMA/Echo1/Real Sword AEGs.

1. I do not see a hop up bucking.

2. Barrel spacers you will need to get a little creative with as none exist to my knowledge, I made spacers out of painter's tape.

3. I am sure that there is one somewhere, but I do not know where, sorry.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:34 AM   #7
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1. I do not see a hop up bucking.
Got cha, thanks....but (showing my lack of knowledge here) but I didn't know I needed hop-up bucking; nor did I know what it was. I now understand that it is the part that connects/seals the barrel into the hop-up. I'm sure users of this forum are all like, "duh," and I can now easily join their ranks in at least this portion of knowledge. Thanks!!
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Got cha, thanks....but (showing my lack of knowledge here) but I didn't know I needed hop-up bucking; nor did I know what it was. I now understand that it is the part that connects/seals the barrel into the hop-up. I'm sure users of this forum are all like, "duh," and I can now easily join their ranks in at least this portion of knowledge. Thanks!!
That explains a lot.

Then I should tell you out of all the parts you have gotten the 2 most important parts you want to have be of high quality are the barrel and bucking. As those 2 things are far more influential to your range and accuracy then anything else you have purchased. Following that would be insuring your air-seal between your bucking, barrel, and air nozzle is the absolute best you can do. If there is air leaks, that is air not used to push your heavy weight bbs.
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At the Airsoft Society forum there is a thread devoted to the A&K SVD that will answer most any question you have on the rifle. Here is a link to the topic:

Official A&K Spring SVD Dragunov Thread

I hope this will help get you going in the right direction with your new project.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:26 AM   #10
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I should tell you out of all the parts you have gotten the 2 most important parts you want to have be of high quality are the barrel and bucking.
Great advice, thanks again. I did order the bucking; I ordered: PDI VSR-10 and AEG Hopup W Bucking. I think with the other items, it should marry up well.

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…there is a thread devoted to the A&K SVD that will answer most any question you have on the rifle. I hope this will help get you going in the right direction with your new project.
Thanks a bunch! That’s a lot of info. I do have a follow-up after giving these a cursory look: given these experts opinions, should I upgrade everything as detailed above save the 170 spring. I realize it’s just opinions based on individual experiences, but it seems like spring upgrades are somewhat frowned upon by an article or two….I know that most players don’t think that way and advise spring upgrades over stock, but then again, we’re all guys and the “bigger is better” mentality somewhat drives all of our decisions.

You guys rock!

Oh, dragon64, I borrowed your SVD signature image, hope that’s OK; it’s really slick!
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Oh, dragon64, I borrowed your SVD signature image, hope that’s OK; it’s really slick!
Not a problem, a member created the usrbar for us a couple years ago. I have one for the M24 as well.

If you go with the 170 spring, let me give you this bit of advice... Get one of these, you will need it:

AIM CNC X-Large Bolt Handle for A&K SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifles, Accessories & Parts, Sniper Rifle Parts, *Shop by Model, AK SVD - Evike.com Airsoft Superstore

It is unsightly, but helps to save the fingers and knuckles.
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If you go with the 170 spring, let me give you this bit of advice... Get one of these, you will need it: X-Large Bolt Handle for A&K SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifles
Thanks, it's a great graphic....yes, I already wanted something like that so I did, in fact, order one of those a few days ago. That pull wears me out after a short while with the factory spring; I can only imagine with a somewhat harder pull with the 170%...
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Then I should tell you out of all the parts you have gotten.....
So I have one more question as I await the parts to roll in and disassemble my SVD and perform the rebuild. The question seems to be an odd one, but I have been investigating SVD info, rebuilds, sell items, advice, etc. and I read how quite a few owners have replaced the trigger assembly with a steel one. I have looked at the steel trigger assemblies that are for sale on Airsoft Atlanta, etc. and I think the piston catch is part of it correct? I have ordered (as recommended) a new PPS SVD steel piston catch as stated above....does this mean that I do not need to even think about a new trigger assembly as this piece is the part that fails? I think most of the existing trigger assembly save the catch is metal already.

Sorry for the extremely long question....my typing needs abbreviation. Thanks!!
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