Internal Parts

SVU Bullpup Sniper



Magazine differences

More differences

Chameleon Vest Review

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18 Round Mag


Loading SVU-A magazine

SVD Magazines

Russian 3 round, 5 round, 10 round, 20 round magazines in 7.62x54R. These magazines fit in the Russian and Chinese Dragunov rifles.

Tigr magazines

The 7.62x54R magazine has a curved body because the cartridge case has a gradual slope and a rimmed base. These types of cartridges will only feed from a curved magazine. The .308 cartridge, on the other hand, has flatter sides which feeds very well from a straight box-type magazine body.

7.62 cartridges

SVD magazine loading 20fps

Magazines are loaded from the middle of the feed lips and pushed back. This ensures proper seating of the rimmed cartridge case.

SVU-A magazines

The 20 round 7.62x54R magazine is for the SVU-A bullpup sniper rifle and are very rare, even in Russia. Only a handful exist in the US.

SVU-A magazine 20 rounder

The SVU-A sniper rifle has a full auto setting so a larger magazine was needed for a higher volume of fire.

Russian SVU-A mags 20 rounds

20 round magazine interhunt

This magazine was offered for sale on an online auction site by user "interhunt".

Bakelite SVU/SVD magazine.

Russian bakelite magazine

Russian bakelite magazine

Chinese NDM-86 magazine

Chinese Norinco NDM86 magazine

In comparing magazines from the Russian 7.62x54R version (on right) with the Chinese .308 version you can see there are several differences. The bottom of the rear end tabs hook under the magazine release lever on the SVDs receiver. Note the Russian tab design is taller.

SVD Magazine locking tab

Generally speaking, a Chinese magazine of either caliber will have a glossy black finish. The Russian magazines are either semi-gloss black or have a flat black coating that looks like parkerizing.

Norinco Magazine

Front tabs in profile. The Russian magazine has a curved body because that is the only way to feed a rimmed cartridge reliably.

Norinco NDM86 and SVD magazine baseplates

From the bottom you can see the most dramatic design difference. The Russian magazine body has a hexagonal shape which is tapered at the front. The magazine well on the Russian SVD receiver is similarly shaped. The Chinese .308 NDM-86 magazine is a more traditional box-type design with straight sides and a receiver magazine well to match. These magazines are in no way interchangeable. However the bottom base plate on the 7.62x54R magazine is interchangeable between the Russian SVD and Romanian PSL magazines.

Norinco NDM86 and SVD magazine top

The followers are very different as well as the feed lips over the rear of the opening. The Russian magazine must be loaded by inserting the cartridge just forward of the rear of the mag and pushing back. The Chinese .308 magazine is loaded in the traditional manner of pushing the cartridge straight down into the body of the magazine.

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Chamelion SVD VestChamelion SVD Vest back

Russian "Chameleon" sniper vest. Holds 2 magazines per pouch (ten total) plus a middle accessory pouch for flares, etc.

Beez Combat Systems SVD vest

Beez Combat Systems SVD magazine pouch. This model has an open top on each pouch with a retaining cord.