SCM player skins Full Of Weapons: Romanian PSL, Poor Man's SVD Dragunov or Overgrown AK-47?

Romanian PSL, Poor Man's SVD Dragunov or Overgrown AK-47?

The Puşcă Semiautomată cu Lunetă (Rifle, Semiautomatic with Scope) was originally manufactured at the Romanian Cugir arsenal starting in the mid 1970s. When Romania started offering their PSL for export, it was then manufactured at the Regia Autonoma de Tehnicå Militarå (RATMIL) factory and had their bayonet lugs removed to meet U.S. import restrictions. After a consolidation of military arsenals when Romania joined NATO in 2004, production of the PSL moved to the ARMS arsenal in Cugir, Romania which was completely re-tooled with all new state-of-the-art modern equipment purchased from Belgium and Croatia. PSLs are exported to the US by C.N. ROMARM S.A. of Bucharest, Romania.
At various times the PSL has been imported into the US by different companies both large and small.
When the PSL is manufactured in Romania it is not stamped with a model name or number. This allows U.S. import companies freedom to call the rifle whatever they think will appeal to American buyers.
Century Arms International called the rifle a ROMAK-3 (ROManian Avtomat Kalashnikov 3) (early imports) and PSL-54C (current imports).
InterOrdnance Inc. called the rifle the SSG-97 and offered them in 7.62x54R and 7.62x51 NATO.
The Tennessee Guns International rifles are called the FPK and are either assembled in the US using military surplus parts kits, or are imported as complete rifles from Romania.
TGI's US-built rifles are assembled on Romanian or US-manufactured receivers. The Romanian receivers will be stamped with "FPK" or "Dragunov" on the bottom of the receiver in front of the magazine well. The rifles with US-built receivers will be stamped on the right side of the receiver. Romanian-built rifles (imported as fully assembled rifles) will be stamped "FPK Dragunov" on the left side of the receiver.
A new TGI version of the PSL is now being built on a US manufactured Nodak Spud receiver that allows the use of a standard AK style buttstock and separate pistol grip.
During the 1960s when Romania transitioned to the 7.62x39 Kalashnikov family of rifles the production of 7.92 x57 ammunition, as well as the Mosin Nagant and Zbrojovka Brno 24 Mauser rifles, were put in reserve.
After 60 years of use the bolt-action sniper rifles in inventory were down to a few hundred scoped  ZB-24 and Mosin Nagant M91/30s mostly in use by military units in Romania's mountainous interior areas. When the need to replace these aging sniper rifles was apparent, Romania considered adopting the new Russian Dragunov SVD sniper rifle. They had already been producing a domestic variant of the Russian AKM under an agreement with the USSR, as was common among Warsaw Pact nations.
However after the events of 1968 when Romania refused to participate in the Warsaw Pact's invasion of Czechoslovakia, as well its open criticism of the event, the Soviet Union reduced its arms supplies to Romania and slowed the transfer of technologies. As a result, the Uzina Mecanica Cugir and the Directia Tehnica a Armatei (Cugir Weapons Factories and the military Engineering Management Group) as a joint venture carried out designs to produce a semi-automatic sniper rifle that would have the same characteristics of the Russian SVD, but would be based on the Kalashnikov series of weapons, which would also have controls familiar to a soldier who was trained to use the standard AK-47 and AKM machine gun.
Trials were carried out from 1970 to 1975 and during development of the PSL engineers from Zastava in Yugoslavia were consulted. Yugoslavia was also looking to produce its own version of a semi-automatic sniper rifle, but decided against using the Romanian PSL design due to the large quantities of 7.92x57 ammunition on hand already. Zastava's answer to the SVD was the M1976 rifle in 8mm Mauser which uses a receiver made from solid machined steel instead of folded sheet metal. The other Eastern Bloc countries still loyal to the USSR adopted the SVD as their primary sniper rifle. SVDs can still be found in use by the militaries of Poland, Hungary, and Bulgaria.

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