Circle 10 AK has announced on their social media pages that Century Arms will start importing again the Romanian PSL rifles. The company will offer two versions of the newly imported PSLs that will differ in the scopes they will come with. One version will have a Romanian scope with its serial number matching to that of the rifle and the second version will be available with a Russian made scope with a non-matching serial number. The rifles are manufactured by ROMARM.
The PSL (abbreviation from Romanian: “Puşcă Semiautomată cu Lunetă”, which stands for scoped semi-automatic rifle) is a gas operated semi-automatic rifle chambered in 7.62x54mmR. It utilizes a long stroke gas piston and feeds from 10-round detachable box magazines. PSL rifle was adopted by the Romanian army in the ’70s as a designated marksman rifle (DMR). The military rifles were equipped with Romanian LPS scopes which appearance, mounting system, and reticle are similar to that of the PSO-1 scope of the SVD rifle. The PSL rifle has also been exported to many countries all over the world. It is frequently seen in current conflicts in the Middle East.
Although the PSL resembles the Soviet/Russian SVD rifle (due to a similar length, magazine shape, stock design etc.) and is chambered in the same caliber, it is quite different from the SVD. Basically, PSL is an AK (RPK) chambered in 7.62x54mmR. Even the magazines are not interchangeable between the SVD and PSL. The PSL magazines can be distinguished by the X-shaped stamping on both sides.
Although the final price is yet to be determined, it is known that these newly imported rifles will be more expensive than they used to be. As soon as the new PSLs appear on the shelves of US stores, we’ll let our readers know.
Many thanks to Luke Williams for the tip.
Images from www.romarm.ro