KeyMod Chassis For SVD Dragunov Sniper Rifle

The Dragunov Sniping Rifle System, Year of 1963, or SVD or “Dragunov” for short, has since the early 1960s (like its name implies) been one of the premier squad designated marksman weapons in the world. The longest-serving purpose-designed squad marksman rifle in the world, the SVD is chambered for the powerful and plentiful 7.62x54mmR cartridge (itself a record-setter, as it is the military service cartridge that has served its parent country the longest, of all time) and feeds from a 10-shot detachable box magazine. Given its age, the rifle could perhaps use some updating to modern standards, which is where Val of Czech company¬†Sureshot Armament Group comes in, with his KeyMod-compatible chassis design for the venerable Dragunov, pictures of which are embedded below:

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The chassis bolts to the rifle’s sight rail and existing forend and stock mounting points, and provides a full-length top 1913 Picatinny rail, seven rows of KeyMod attachment points, and a standard AR-15 buffer tube stock adapter at the rear. All three portions of the chassis are milled of aluminum alloy, and not only free-float the barrel/gas block assembly, but also match the stock and rail height to that of an AR-15, allowing the same optics height as would be used with that weapon family. An excellent feature Val included is that the chassis does not interfere with field-stripping of the weapon, allowing – finally – the use of low-profile optics without needing to remove them for cleaning.

I can’t help but think Russian military officials would be interested in such a system for their Ratnik program. The SVD continues to serve the Russian Army for the foreseeable future, and such an upgrade could seriously augment the rifle’s capabilities. Other nations, such as the Ukraine, also continue to use the SVD and may be interested.

Val has released more information and photos on the chassis in a number of forum posts, available here, and here.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Very cool. Curious whether the free floating handguard improves accuracy.

    Also, I’m surprised they didn’t opt for a folding stock, given the length of the SVD.

    • Zugunder

      or better yet turn it into SVU.

  • RSThompson

    Sure would be nice to have real Dragunovs imported again instead of the Romanian PSL pos that we currently get……

    • Major Tom

      Indeed. I’d love to have an actual SVD. It’d make a great elk gun in the Rockies.

    • adicontakt .

      the price is differend for those 2

  • Matthew Gilbert

    Is there anything like this for the PSL? I would love to have the rail and it looks great to.

    • Northerner

      i agree, would love to have an update like this for my PSL

  • BKE Evers

    Premier or just cheap enough to customers not to be replaced by something better. Especially with the high MOA for a Designated marksman rifle. The gun tries to hold 2 MoA a 600 meters. Its an effective rifle but it could be improved upon.

    • DW

      Part of the reason why SVD only does 2MOA is because of no free-floated barrel/handguard. Another is the crap ammo it gets issued.

      • iksnilol

        I’ve seen them get down to 1 MOA with good ammo and proper technique (AKA KEEP YOUR DAMN HANDS AND EVERYTHING ELSE AWAY FROM THE HANDGUARD)

        Also thanks for translating BKE Evers’ post.

        • DW

          I have always thought that SVD can do away with that handguard, the bipod ain’t even mounted there.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Interesting choice of optic, seems somewhat limiting, but hey, whatever trips your trigger.

    • nadnerbus

      Would work well for helicopter sniping.

  • Full Name

    That is badass!

  • iksnilol

    Comrade approved.

    I hope they make a version that accepts the standard buttstock (and of course a carbon fibre folding version of the regular buttstock). Also, what color of anodizing would be best to make it look the most “traditional”?

    I have a feeling they could further reduce the weight with carbon fibre on the handguard. I mean, only the 12 o’clock rail needs to be metal.

  • Lance

    Getting old over railing every weapon made. Get over it tacti coolers.

    • iksnilol

      It’s lighter than the handguard and freefloats the barrel. Win win.

      For once I am supporting the “tacticoolers”.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Or in this case, using industrial shelving as a handguard.

    • Gil Vietor

      Some outfits really do need them, go look at current high end Russian weapons. They’re using all of the stuff they used to make fun of.

  • lurpy

    Looks like a really expensive version of what happens when someone who loves Counterstrike way too much gets their hands on an SKS.

  • lowell houser

    We’ll add this to the list of guns we wish Kalashnikov USA would start making, alongside the AK107 and AK12.

    • Stan Darsh

      I’ll second that. As for now, it looks like the M10X from M+M Inc is as close as we’ll get to the AK12.

  • codfilet

    How about something like this for an NHM-91?

  • joedeats

    Now only if we could find SVD’s here in the states for less than 5000 bucks. You would think it would dawn on just one company to make them here, it would be a license to print money.

  • adicontakt .

    why do u have to talk like this?that was my oppinon why they import the PSL insted of SVD

    • andrey kireev

      because you can’t type/spell like a civilized human being ?

      • adicontakt .

        English is not my native language

  • RickOAA .

    What has science done!

  • Henrik Bergdahl

    I have an ar15 if I want to play barbie. I will keep my SVDS as it is.

    • iksnilol

      Doesn’t the reduced weight and free floating barrel (AKA increased accuracy) appeal to you?

      • Henrik Bergdahl

        If I want good accuracy I will use my bolt action precision rifles. My SVDS is about a 1.5 moa gun with the ammo I have available for me. The barrel is free floating, in a way, already. As I use my SVDS anyway. Downside of this rail system is that it looks like another rifle. I want it to look like an SVDS.

        • iksnilol

          Ah, I can see that one. I am just thinking from a practical side. Then again an SVD isn’t as rare on my side of the pond.

          • Henrik Bergdahl

            I live in Sweden. An SVD is not hard to get here either.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Pretty but this disabled veteran cannot afford it. Would love to have one though.

    • jcitizen

      I wonder if a VEPR rifle would be just as accurate. I have no idea of the quality, but it sure looks like the receivers are much stiffer than those Romanian SVDs.

      • Mike Lashewitz

        It would all depend on the range you are shooting. I am amazingly happy with my old WASR10 and iron sights within 100 yards. Consider your most likely fighting zone. Now the 20 inch VEPR is better for long range accuracy and that would be readily apparent when properly scoped.
        The cost of the VEPR is a bit much unless you spring for the long barrel then it is almost worth it on a personal level.
        I love to do my own builds but THAT can get expensive real fast and if you do not have a location where long rage shooting is available it can end up being a waste of money. I love long range competition like some people love golf. But at $2 or more a round. . . . .

        • jcitizen

          Yeah, I got a kick outta shooting .50 cal long range for a while, but we really only had a 300 meter range that was handy. so I and my friend, who went in on the rifle, didn’t really get to ring it out. I traded my ownership half back to him, and I have only shot the Ma Deuce since, but it isn’t supposed to be accurate, of course. I’d like to do a lot more long range accurate shooting myself. I have the land to do it, it is just picking the right weapon and saving up the funds to get it. I prefer semi-autos though. I don’t really like M1As or any other M14 variant, so I’m picky that way. I do have an FAL that shoots MOA with my homemade recoil suppressor, so I could start out with it until I get what I really want. I really have a hankering for anything that shoots 7.62x54R, partly because of the cost of the ammo, but I have a lot of .308 NATO in reserve, I just don’t like shooting it all up. I buzzed off a lot of Russian rim last summer with my bud’s PKM and that was a LOT of fun. Surprisingly accurate for an LMG.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            We are definitely on the same page. I preferred the M14 over the M16 because face it they were crap for the longest time. But the M2 was a nice toy to play with. Something about that 50 cal from the weather decks seasoning Somali pirates gives a warm fuzzy feeling. Nothing quite like the smell of fresh salt air and gunpowder in the morning. I do miss it. Would love to have a Ma Deuce in my safe… (If it would fit) Would love to be able to feed it properly too.
            What type of mount are you using? Hipfire? LOL!
            I do not know what compromises a “lot” when it comes to ammo these days. All I do know is the concept of enough is probably well out of my range…
            The FAL is nice between 200 and 600 yards but I live in SC and there are few areas here where it would be put to good use. But like you said preferring semi automatic it is where I would rather be.
            For some (obvious financial) reason fully automatic to me is a major waste. When the SHTF one can only carry so much.
            I can only imagine firing a PKM. Never had the opportunity. Was it set up for feed through or with a magazine?

          • jcitizen

            Near as I know all PKM are belt fed, the boxes are just holders for the belt. I used a tripod on the M2 HBMG – you can still find fresh ammo for around plus or minus 2 dollars a round. That is still a lot of fun even if it is just one 105 round box. It is sold already belted, so that saves a lot of work! I also have the M63 anti-aircraft mount, but it is horribly inaccurate for ground targets, I just use if for show. I like the M14, but got prejudiced against them because of my TAC NCO in ROTC had bad experience with them in the Nam. I know they are well built and accurate, it was just something I never got over as far as being prejudice. I was issued one and LOVED it, but I could just not bring myself to buy one for personal use.

            I’ve thought of buying and SR-25, but I have to get over the whole direct gas impingement thing, which is just silly, but I can’t help it. I have no problem with it in the AR variants, but I cut my teeth on the AR18, and loved the ease of servicing, and accuracy. I’m working on getting over the whole piston activated prejudice.