FPK / PSL Sniper Rifle

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Romanian FPK/PSL sniper rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Compare to the SVD Dragunov; note 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.

The Romanian FPK or PSL (Puşcă Semiautomată cu Lunetă) sniper rifle (stamped FPK on the receiver, but called both PSL and FPK by the Romanians) was developed in the 1970s as their version of a designated marksman rifle, much like the M21 system used by the U.S. Built using an RPK stamped receiver with the AK long stroke piston but is chambered for 7.62x54mm R. The Romanians never really used the PSL/FPK as a sniper in their armed forces, instead choosing other long range weapons (such as commercial bolt action rifles) for that task. The Romanian PSL sniper rifle is commonly encountered in the U.S. and is often sold as a Dragunov to the uninformed. Known as and referred to in the U.S. as the PSL, FPK, as well as 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).

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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 FPK / 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 2006

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


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