Century Arms to Resume Importing Romanian PSL Rifles

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Century Arms to Resume Importing the Romanian PSL Rifles (1)

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.

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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.

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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

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at Hrachya@TheFirearmBlog.com

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  • Tiger Tiger on Aug 15, 2018

    This is what happens to bad Romanian gymnasts. They go to rifle factory.

  • BryanS BryanS on Aug 16, 2018

    My buddy has one that was pre-Obamapocolypse priced. It is a good shooter, and a fun range gun. Ive shot magazine after magazine through it of blue box chech and russian black tip. The optic is crisp and really good, albeit has no low light function any longer due to it being older than teh 11 year half life of the glow vials.

    For close to 2K, you would really have to have a hard on for a Dragonov to pay that for one of these. It is essentially a big AK. Meaning it can shoot well, and is tough, heavy, and not too lefty friendly. Its a 1K gun maybe. MAYBE.

    But we are paying for layers of red tape here, not just the firearm. When you import the rifle, how much do you appreciate the bureaucrats you've greased?