The SVD "Dragunov" (Russian: Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova; English: Dragunov's sniper rifle) is a Soviet designated marksman rifle designed by Yevgeny Dragunov in 1963. Upon introduction, it was accepted into service with the Red Army and began serial production in 1964. It uses the 7.62x54mmR cartridge in a 10-round magazine. It has an effective range of 800 meters and a maximum range of 1300 meters with its scope. It was exported heavily to many other countries of the world.
In Battlefield Vietnam, the SVD is issued as an option to the NVA Scout kit. It has a 10 round magazine and 2 magazines in reserve. It has a moderate rate of fire, high accuracy, high damage and high recoil. It has a X6 scope meant for long range engagements. It can be considered an equivalent to the American M21.
When using the SVD, long range sniping is recommended, as the scope helps enormously and, despite small cross hairs, hip firing can prove to be ineffective and wasteful, even in close quarters. The SVD only has 2 spare magazines, so reloading mid-magazine is unrecommended and staying near an Ammunition Box can help too.
In Battlefield 2, the SVD is the MEC's default primary weapon for it's Sniper kit. When compared with the American M24, The SVD has less power and accuracy, as well as less magnification. However, the SVD is semi-automatic, giving it a faster fire rate. The Dragunov is completely obsolete when compared with the Chinese Type 88, as the Type 88 has much user friendly sights (as the Type 88 uses a traditional crosshair while the SVD uses 4 chevrons).
The Dragunov SVD DMR is the standard sniper rifle issued to the MEC Sniper kit. It has high firepower and good accuracy, but a moderate rate of fire.
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the SVD is a confirmed weapon, issued to the Recon kit. It is semi-automatic and has a 10 round magazine. It is identical to the M21 in stats. However, players should take into account the SVD's significantly stronger default scope zoom, making the SVD preferable for long range engagements. They are, in almost all aspects other than appearance, exactly the same when a 12X High Power Scope is equipped.