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Old 01-13-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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Mild A&K SVD Build

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Note: I do not field my rifles, rather I buy them and shoot them, and then work on them to make them better… it can become an obsession. But make no mistake, I am a novice at best, and that should be taken into consideration for the validity of this build.


Goals:
  • Cheap base rifle
  • 400 - 450fps (or less than 500 fps)
  • Accurate to 100+ feet
  • Upgrade Support from manufacturers & vendors
  • With some trigger work (DIY)
  • No machine work
  • Must be a dependable Consistent performing bolt action sniper rifle.
I have read the reviews, watched hours of video and have gotten lost in mountains of threads on the A&K SVD. This build will be inspired by a look from the perspective of the rifle. My view point will not tell you if this rifle is right for you, or if it is better than any other rifle on the market. My build will tell you the good and the bad, which I will balance as fairly as possible… For you see, the A&K version of the SVD Dragunov, is nearly as unique to me, as the Dragunov mystique is to most every sniper…

I wanted a cheap rifle to build, but I wanted something that had a better pool of upgrade parts to work from. At less than $100, the SVD was my top choice. To answer the question of "why" the A&K SVD, we need to know what is good about the rifle. From reading the internet, the A&K SVD is the closest replica to a real-steel SVD Dragunov… This is important to those of us who are trying to emulate realism...

A huge factor to consider, is whether or not the rifle has upgrade support. The A&K has plenty of support from manufacturers and vendors, AirsoftPro.cz; Hawke Arms; and PPS out of China just to name a few. Some of these parts are even stocked here in America at stores like Evike, Airsoft GI and Airsoft Atlanta to name a few.

What are the immediate detractors of the A&K SVD Dragunov…?

The biggest detractor for everyone, is the fact that the rifle was made as a straight-pull bolt action rifle (the real-steel is semi-auto)… this has been a big killer for many players, so if you are looking for full up realism, then look no further, for this variant of the SVD Dragunov is a B.A.S.R.

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Fear not, there is an AEG variant, and if batteries are your thing, then you will need to jump tracks now.


I can live with the fact that the A&K is a straight-pull bolt action sniper rifle… as anything else could break my budget… Have a look at the Real Sword version, or even the GBBR from WE, the “ACE-VD. The A&K SVD could be purchased and nearly fully upgrade for the base cost of one of the nicer SVD replicas.

From here on out, I will break down the good and the bad on nearly every part of my A&K SVD Dragunov, all while producing a mild sniper rifle build…
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:49 PM   #2
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Starting at The Barrel

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From here on out, I will break down the good and the bad on nearly every part of my A&K SVD Dragunov, all while building a mild sniper rifle. Let’s start with the barrel…


The Bad: The barrel in the A&K SVD is made of brass and 590mm (23.23”) long. It has an AEG cut for the hop up, so is quite compatible with most any Tokyo Marui PSG1 style barrel. It is said on many internet sites, that the barrel from the A&K SVD is junk, and I can concur, my supplied barrel is junk. It shoots well, but unfortunately the barrel is bent and therefore will be replaced. Now here is where it can get a little tricky. Research will tell you that the SVD can handle a barrel upto 650mm (25.59”) in length. Also, at 650mm length, the barrel should have a 6.03 to 6.05 inner diameter, as this will be the max volume of the cylinder in the receiver.

The Good: I have decided on a AIM High Precision 605mm (23.82”) long stainless steel barrel. The barrel has an inner diameter of 6.03. The thought here, is that the 605mm barrel will produce a little more fps over the factory length 590mm barrel, yet will not max out the barrel length to cylinder volume ratio. For your build, you might try the Prometheus barrel, as it comes highly recommended. I opted for a lesser known brand that is somewhat cheaper than the $90 price tag for the Promy barrel. The AIM High Precision barrel can be purchased from Airsoft Pro or Evike:

http://www.evike.com/products/33436/


The SVD outer barrel is very slim, and the inner barrel slides in very nicely. Benefit here over other platforms, is that you do not need any heavy duct tape mods or pricey barrel spacer and o-rings. The barrel is not a tight fit, but with a little of the blue painters tape, you could snug the inner barrel inside the outer barrel for nice snug, vibration-free assembly.





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