KeyMod Chassis For SVD Dragunov Sniper Rifle

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

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:

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 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. He can be reached via email at

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  • Hagge Hagge on Jan 03, 2016

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

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    • Hagge Hagge on Jan 08, 2016

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

  • Mike Lashewitz Mike Lashewitz on Jan 05, 2016

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

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    • JCitizen JCitizen on Jan 09, 2016

      @Mike Lashewitz 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 an 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.