POTD: SVD and M700 Marksmanship Training

    POTD, short for Photo Of The Day, is TFB’s recurring articles where we do our best to find the best firearms related pictures out there.

    Today East meets West, or perhaps it’s vice versa?

    The photo is taken in Yavoriv, Ukraine, and you see Soldiers of Task Force Carentan joined Combat Training Center-Yavoriv OC/T’s and the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade as they conduct marksmanship training with the SVD and M700 sniper rifles

    We’re looking at a Remington Model 700. The sniper rifles of both the U.S. Army and the and U.S. Marine Corps are built from the Remington Model 700 rifle. They are called the M24 Sniper Weapon System and M40 respectively. (in 7.62×51mm NATO).

    I am not sure if the Remington has a Schmidt & Bender or a Leupold scope, and it looks like a Spuhr mount.

    The rifle closest to the camera is a Dragunov sniper rifle (SVD) in 7.62×54mmR.

    The photo is from the U.S. Army, by Sgt. Justin Navin. (2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs.)

    In this case, the American option offers some benefits in terms of better optics and a suppressed shot, but it is a bolt-action which may not be a disadvantage when sniping. It looks like the M700 has a bipod support, while the SVD rests on a bag.
    Bolt-action versus semi-automatic. 7,62 NATO versus 7,62×54 “Russian”. Which would be your choice?