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Friday
May172013

B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle Field Test Shooting Review

I had a chance today to get out and shoot my B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle, the weather held out just long enough for me to setup my target a good 90-100 feet out in the field but as luck would have it, it started to rain on my camera gear right as I started doing my target shooting test using .36 gram Airsoft BB's. So in a bit of a rush, I shot off a good 10 rounds and was able to put most of them on the paper which from 100 feet out using an Airsoft rifle on a target the size of a standard 8x11 sheet of paper is not too bad at all, and don't forget I was just using the iron sights.

I found I didn't even need to use the hight adjustment on my rear sight as the hop-up seemed to keep the Airsoft BB's floating nicely on plane all the way to at least 100 feet. By the way if you watched my earlier Table Top Reviews I mentioned the B&W Dragunova SVD was shooting a bit to the left even after full windage adjustment to the right, well I managed to sort this out and pull the sight the little bit extra I needed to get it pretty much dead center.

Moving on to the Chronograph portion of this Field Test Shooting Review, I got the same results as my pretest with an average fps of 498 using .20 gram Airsoft BB's and an average fps of 277 using the heavier .36 gram BB's. I have heard that the B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle can be a bit of a chore to cock but for me it was actually pretty easy and using a left overhand approach worked well, allowing me to cock the charging handle pretty easy while keeping my finger on the trigger and the rifle in position ready for my next shot.

The iron sights and the trigger setup seem to both work very well with this rifle, I really have no real complaints and really enjoyed shooting the B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle. If the rain hadn't been coming down on my camera gear I may have put a bunch more shots into the target for the simple reason I was having so much fun :)

Watch my Field Test Shooting YouTube Video for the B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle:

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Wednesday
May152013

B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle Table Top Review

Type: Airsoft Rifle.
Manufacturer: B&W Airsoft (AIM TOP).
Model: SVD Dragunova.
Materials: Metal & plastic.
Weight: 6 pounds, 4 ounces (2.85kg).
Barrel: 23 inches, smooth bore.
Propulsion: Spring.
Action: Charging handle single shot.
Ammunition Type: Airsoft 6mm Plastic BB's.
Ammunition Capacity: 40 rounds.
FPS: Up-to 500.

Trigger Pull: The trigger pull on the B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle is good overall, just a bit of initial take-up and then a medium trigger pull to release the heavy spring. You will of course nee to pull the charging handle with each shot to preload the spring.

Accuracy: My initial accuracy testing was done from about 45-50 out using .36 gram Airsoft BB's, it was a fairly windy day but  even so I was able to get a nice tight 2 inch grouping using a semi rested position. I also put the Dragunova SVD through my Chronograph testing and shot both the lighter .20 gram and heavier .36 gram BB's to see what kind of fps I would get using both weights. The lighter .20 gram BB's got right around 500 fps while the heavier .36 gram BB's shot a bit lower at approximately 380 fps. I did however find that sighting the SVD in for windage adjustments (left and right) was a bit of a challenge as you can only adjust the front sight by loosening it with an allen key and make only very slight left to right adjustments. I was not able to get the SVD to shoot far enough to the right using this method so I amy need to do figure something else out, perhaps a scope setup?

Build Quality: The B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle is not a super expensive rifle but still has a good combination of metal and plastic components. Most of the parts that you would find on the real SVD are metal including the barrel, bolt/charging handle & receiver, trigger, magazine, sights, strap rings and rial system. The stock is of course plastic with some added rubber. The B&W Dragunova SVD is not overly heavy but still has a reasonable amount of weight to make it believable. Performance was very good with no mechanical problems other than the last two BB's in each magazine do not load into the rifle.

Realism: I have never held an actual Dragunova SVD in my hands but from what I have seen in photos, it looks to be a good copy of the real steel Russian sniper rifle. Lots of metal helps pull of the realism, a working charging handle, removable bolt cover, and lots of other working components make for a believable looking and functioning version of this Airsoft BB shooting Dragunova SVD Sniper Rifle.
Available in the: Canada Replica Airguns Store.

Pros:

  • Lots of metal parts throughout where they would be on the real SVD.
  • Good power and accuracy combination.
  • Fairly high capacity magazine at 40 rounds.
  • Sights are adjustable for elevation front and back and a bit for windage.
  • Bolt is surprisingly easy enough to cock with either left or right hand.
  • Lots of upgrades available for this sniper rifle.
  • Inexpensive way to own a piece of history.

Cons:

  • Some discrepancies in the manual (180 fps and 100 round magazine)
  • Sighting for windage may not be adequate?
  • Would definitely be much nicer with the wood stocks.
  • Two BB's always pop out of the magazine area when empty.

Comments:
I found the B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle to be a lot of fun to shoot, I was not sure how the charging handle system was going to work in terms of weight and easy of use to pull it back. I ended up using my left hand and reaching across and over and surprisingly this was very efficient and effective in charging the spring and allowed me to keep my righthand in place and on the trigger for very quick follow up shots. Power was as much as you would want from a sniper rifle and accuracy was also very good even in windy conditions. The only real problems I had where the two BB's that did not load from each magazine and the windage adjustments not quite allowing me to move my aim point enough for a bullseye at 50 feet out. I would recommend this B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle and would suggest possibly adding some wood stocks and a magnified scope setup.

My YouTube Table Top Video of the  B&W Dragunova SVD Airsoft Sniper Rifle:

Buy the B&W Dragunova SVD in the Canada Store  -  Buy Airsoft Rifles in the US Store