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The Classic Army Dragunov SVD is considered to be a sniper rifle, however, this is not entirely correct. Precisely, it should be considered a designated marksman rifle.
The primary mission of this rifle is to extend the effective fire range of infantry squad up to 600 meters and provide fire support. First requested in 1958, it was put in production and accepted as a standard firearm in USSR military by 1963.
Every infantry squad in Russian (Soviet) army has one marksman carrying an SVD. Designed to withstand rough conditions, it is one of the most reliable marksman rifles in the world. Its design includes backup iron sights and, completely uncharacteristically for a precision rifle.