PSL Sniper Rifle

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PSL / FPK - 7.62x54mm R

The Romanian PSL (Romanian: Puşcă Semiautomată cu Lunetă, lit. "scoped semi-automatic rifle") sniper rifle, also known as the FPK sniper rifle (based on the "FPK" stamped markings on the receiver) was developed in the 1970s as the Romanian version of a designated marksman rifle, much like the American M21 system and Soviet SVD Dragunov. The PSL is built using an RPK stamped receiver with the AK long stroke piston, but chambered for 7.62x54mm R. The Romanians never really used the PSL as a sniper rifle in their armed forces, instead choosing other long range weapons (such as commercial bolt action rifles) for that task.

The PSL is commonly encountered in the U.S. and is often sold as a Dragunov to the uninformed. In the United States, the PSL is also known under the names ascribed by U.S. distributors like ROMAK-3 and PSL-54C (Century Imports), SSG-97 (as called by Interordnance) and the Romanian "Dragunov" or Romanian "FPK" (as sold by Tennessee Guns which are assembled in the U.S with Romanian parts).

Externally similar to the SVD, the PSL can be distinguished from the SVD by the longer exposed part of the gas piston, straight safety lever, "X" shaped stamping on the magazine, and magazine located immediately in front of the trigger guard rather than some distance ahead.

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Specifications

(1970-Present)

  • Type: Sniper Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.62x54mmR, 7.62x51mm NATO
  • Weight: 9.5 lbs (4.3 kg)
  • Length: 45.3 in (115 cm)
  • Barrel length: 24.4 in (62 cm)
  • Capacity: 10-rounds
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The PSL Sniper Rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Warriors (Guerreros) Albanian sniper 2002
The Marksman Terrorist 2005
Home of the Brave Insurgent sniper 2006
The Hurt Locker Insurgent sniper 2008
District 13: Ultimatum Guard 2009
Kandahar Taliban fighter 2010
Special Forces Taliban fighter 2011
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Russian agent With bipod 2011
In the Land of Blood and Honey Bosnian and Serbian soldiers 2011
Alex Cross Matthew Fox Picasso 2012
Dead Man Down Colin Farrell Victor With railed handguard, adjustable buttstock and bipod 2013
American Sniper Sammy Sheik Mustapha With bipod 2014

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note Release Date
Bornholmer Straße Max Hopp Burkhard Schönhammer 2014
Charly Hübner Harald Schäfer
Rainer Bock Peter Arndt
Bodyguard 2018

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Project IGI: I'm Going In 2000
Splinter Cell used by hostile NPC's 2002
America's Army 2002
IGI 2: Covert Strike 2003
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow used by hostile NPC's 2004
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne Dragunov Mona's primary sniper rifle 2004
Just Cause 2 Sniper Rifle 2010
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier PSL-54C w/ RIS handguard and synthetic furniture w/ various accessories 2012

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Suisei no Gargantia Sailor 2013


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