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(The following description is from Apache Arms website from whom I acquired this beautiful piece of history) “This 1975 dated rifle was produced by Izhmash in the Soviet Union for military use. These early production guns can be identified by the lightening cuts in the sides of the receiver. The Russians did away with the lightening cuts in the early '90's (they are not present on the KBI rifles) in order to streamline the production of different calibers. This rifle also features the early style scope with an infrared filter. The IR filter was done away with in the late 1970's or early 1980's as advancements in night vision technology made the filter obsolete. Another unique feature of these early SVD's is the attention to detail each rifle was given. These early rifles were not stamped out on an assembly line in large numbers (serial number on this one is very low, 237). Much hand assembly and hard work went into each rifle and the original serial numbers and date were all hand engraved, as you can see in the pictures below. After leaving the factory the rifle was likely shipped to a unit, at the height of the Cold War, and put to use by soldiers practicing to go to war with the United States or Afghanistan. From there it is not known what journey this rifle took but it was surely a fascinating one. It's very possible that it was used in the Soviet's Afghan war, or possibly made its way to Panama or Grenada to be captured there by US forces. However it travelled, it travelled well as it's in excellent condition, well above what you would expect from a rifle with this much history. The finish is very strong and looks better than most guy's deer rifles or safe-stored collection pieces. The rifle probably spent most of it's time in a case or possibly was left in the arms room. It was definitely well cared for. At some point an arms room likely either replaced some parts or parts were swapped by soldier's while cleaning weapons, which is a common occurrence in the military. The numbers on the receiver, gas system, rear sight leaf, and trigger group all match with 237, the bolt is 27954, the bolt carrier is 34157, and the safety lever and top cover match with 41096. The rifle has been gauged for headspace and is exactly where it should be, not needing a field gauge at all. The rifle came into the country sometime in the late 1980's and has been in a private collection ever since. Now someone has the chance to own a true piece of history. The rifle is displayed in a custom made case with a hinged front for easy access. The rifle will be shipped in a Pelican 1750 pressure-sealed hard case with foam custom cut for the rifle, or the buyer can pickup in person. Private viewing of the rifle can also be arranged. Rifle also comes with a letter from the ATF which states that it is perfectly legal to own a rifle of this age without import markings. This is a modern, functioning firearm and must be shipped to a license holder, where it then can be transferred to anyone (there are no special licenses [ATF tax] or requirements to own this rifle). Rifle can ship directly to either a standard FFL holder or a Curio and Relic firearms license holder. U.S. buyers only. This is one of only a handful of these rifles in the country and is truly a museum-quality item. Never more true is my phrase that this rifle is a valuable investment, a great collector's piece, and a very fun gun to shoot. This is something that can be passed on to the children but can also be taken out to the range every once in awhile where it's guaranteed to be the center of attention. Don't miss out on this truly once in a lifetime opportunity.” See https://www.apachearms.us/dragunovs-for-sale/. The Dragunov sniper rifle (formal Russian: Сна́йперская Винто́вка систе́мы Драгуно́ва образца́ 1963 года, Snáyperskaya Vintóvka sistém'y Dragunóva obraz'tsá 1963 goda (SVD-63), officially "Sniper Rifle, System of Dragunov, Model of the Year 1963") (GRAU index 6V1 (ГРАУ Индекс 6В1)) is a semi-automatic designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. Wikipedia. This rifle has no import marks and has been field stripped and verified as authentic by a former elite Russian Spetsnaz sniper. Stock photo of the Dragunov rifle in use. Price: $25,000 plus shipping and insurance. Any offer to purchase, questions or requests for additional pix can be directed to Jim at either (61four) 53seven-35three9 or to SVD @ Eley.us. The rifle is available in Columbus OH for inspection by interested buyers.