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The Dragunov sniper rifle, or the SVD rifle, is a gun that was first made in the Soviet Union. It is used by twenty-six countries.[source?]

The Dragunov uses the 7.62 x 54mmR cartridge, with a muzzle velocity (The velocity of bullet leaving the rifle) of over 830 meters per second and has a maximum effective range of 1,300 meters with the scope and 1,200 meters with the iron sights.

The basic design is largely based on the AK-47, an assault rifle.