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Before this gets deleted, or I get a warning, I would like to clarify that this has nothing to do with the A&K SVD thread started by Pale Blue. Also I would like to note that this is not a "what gun should I get?" question.

I currently own the Echo 1 ASR, and after seeing what bobgengeskahn has done to his, I have been looking to upgrade mine. Recently though, I saw the A&K SVD, and it looks to be a better option. My question is should I go through with upgrading the ASR, or sell it and buy the SVD? I realize the SVD does not have a lot of aftermarket parts, but I'd like to do more self modifications. One last thing, I searched for a previous thread involving inputs on this gun, but I only found the one noted above. That topic, however, mainly involved evike's customer service.
 

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I have shot it and the thing rocks! So if the A&K SVD is anything simmilar to that, then I would go for it. But I would take a look around and try and find a review on one of them. Not to sure if anyone around here has one to be honest.
 

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It uses AEG springs, which is a big plus. I've heard that using PSG springs is better than using regular AEG springs, but both are compatible. Trigger sear will wear after a while, and the only place I know that has aftermarket sears is somewhere in Czechoslovakia. In addition, the handguard barrel portion is only held together by tiny grub screws. (just tighten them to fix wobbles) I already lost one. :(

The piston is an anodized blue and it doesn't look like it'll wear anytime soon. You'll also have to either buy a scope rail or buy a real steal PSO/POSP because most of the chinese scopes are crap. Someone confirmed that it takes AEG buckings and barrels, but my chamber is glued to the reciever. ****.

The bolt pull is bad at first, but you'll grow calluses and you'll get used to it.

The hopup is annoying. It's also adjusted by a freaking grub screw. The rubber has two notches and I think the term is V hopup, but I'm not sure. It's definitely not like standard AEG rubbers. But hey, it's an SVD.
 

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mmmm, when looking at an aftermarket before buying a gun (i.e. when i got my ASR) there are a few things I would consider.
1. what does it shoot stock? if its within 50fps of your goal, you probably wont need to worry about aftermarket springs etc since you can get there with DIY mods.
2. How difficult is it to mount a scope? Since this is the only real after market part you will really need to make it an effective sniper.
3. How hard is it to mount a bi-pod? I like bi-pods, some people dont, so it'll depend on your taste.
4. If you decide that you will need aftermarket parts you need to decide how comfortable you are doing your own work and what parts will work in it from other guns. This could be the most difficult part.

but if this all works for you I'd say go with it. Its always cool to see something different that not many people have, part of the reason I got the ASR in the first place...
 

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Hi, sorry this is a bit late but I haven't been on the forum for a while.

OK, I've got an A&K SVD. Out of the box mine was shooting at 540fps with 0.2bbs, although it appears that they can vary, as a team mate's shoots around 400fps. Mine has had to be downgraded as our local site has a 450fps limit for spring rifles. It takes AEG springs, although I'm told the PSG-1 spring is better as it's longer than a normal AEG spring, although they do fit and work, allbeit a bit lower on power thaqn in an AEG (I tried a 150 that in an AEG would probably give you 450+ fps and was only getting around 400fps in the SVD).

According to A&K's website, the OE inner barrel is a 6.08. It's quite a heavy weight brass barrel and is AEG style, so will take AEG hop rubbers or replacement AEG barrels. I've tried a Madbull 6.03 in mine but have currently reverted to the OE barrel, as there wasn't that much difference in accuracy.

The standard furniture is synthetic (i.e. black plastic) but does a good job. However, I've invested in a Wood King wood kit for mine (from RSOV) and it does make it look far more authentic. Fitting was without any real problem, except that the handguard was about 1mm short, so needed a little bit of tape in there to reduce any movement. Apparently each kit can be slightly different, so may need differing degrees of adjustment.

Most of the gun is metal. All the trigger parts are full metal, as is the receiver (lower & upper cover), the bolt, hop unit, outer barrel and gas tube, etc (basically everything but the OE furniture).

The one piece regarded as a possible weak point is the trigger sear. Mine is showing some signs of wear (I've put about 1500 rounds through mine up to now) but it should hold up for a good while longer. There was a steel replacement part available on the "AirsoftPro.cz" website but they have been out of stock for a while. Having said that, I've not yet managed to work out how to take the whole trigger mech apart to be able to fit a replacement.

The OE hop unit is a single piece of alloy which fixes to the outer barrel retainer by a push fit and retained by a single allen headed grub screw. It is quite a solid fixing and should not move. The OE hop rubber has a V inner nub, so that if you look down the barrel with the hop on you only see two small protrusions into the barrel, rather than the usual solid "bump" on an AEG hop. Apparently a Firefly hop rubber is similar but not having seen one I can't be sure.

Opinion is divided as to how effective this hop is. Up to about 30-35 yards it's very accurate (I can get scope crosshair point of impact using 0.3bbs) but thereafter it's a bit erratic, sometimes hitting on target out to 50+ yards, other times swinging left, right or up without any real consistency. I've tried adjusting the hop in and out but again, there isn't any consistency. I'm currently trialling a Madbull Shark (Red) hop rubber to see if that improves matters but as it's only had about 100 rounds through it as yet it's not settled down enough to be sure of any real improvement.

The biggest problem with the hop is the nub. It's a piece of silicone rubber tube that sits in a hole across the top of the hop rubber and is adjusted by way of pressure from a small allen headed grub screw. Mine is showing signs of wear already and suggestions on other forums are to replace this with a piece of cut up rubber O ring when it wears out. I'm also going to see if it's possible to replace it with a small H nub but although it should fit in the hole it looks to be quite difficult to make sure it sits in the correct place in the hole to ensure even and correctly centred pressure from the grub screw adjusted.

Without the removeable cheek rest attached the open sights are easy to use and, for standard airsoft ranges, can be accurate enough for kills out to about 50 yards or more. The built in scope rail will take the scope mounts meant for an SVD with ease, but you can use a standard AK side mount. However, these are meant for the deeper rails fitted to the AK74 and do not line up correctly with the centre line of the rifle, putting the scope about 3-4mm right of the centre line.

I've used an old CYMA AK side mount on mine (I can't justify spending over
 
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