Izhmash Tigr - Tiger Custom Gallery
For the discerning Dragunov owner, Izhmash offers "hand-built" rifles from its Legion division. This would be comparable to a gun manufacturer's "custom shop".
LEGION Ltd. produces and sells firearms of improved quality based on products built by Izhevsk Arms Factory. Firearms produced by Legion feature high quality, artistic treatment (custom engraving, incrustation) and deluxe finishes.
All the rifles are selected for their accuracy and all the visible metal parts are carefully detail polished. Bolt carriers and triggers are chrome-plated and wood stock parts are made of walnut and oil polished.
Tigr model 03 with the Monte Carlo style butt stock.
This rifle is owned in Russia and features custom Legion wood stocks and NPZ PSO-1M2 scope. The "HAND MADE" in English engraving is interesting. Since all guns are hand made the term must have a different connotation to Russians. A more accurate enscription might be "Assembled with greater care".
Another Legion Tigr owned in Russia and set up for high-accuracy target shooting.
Marpat Legion Tigr 7.62 in Russia. Note the S-1 bipod and chrome bolt carrier.
Legion certificate of accuracy from the factory.
This Tigr chambered for 7.62x53 uses a cartridge designed in Finland. Many people assume 7.62x54R is the same thing as 7.62x53 and an internet search will turn up many discussions with that claim. However this may not be the case. This article states that 7.62x53R uses a .308 bullet and a shorter case. If so, it might be dangerous to use the wider and longer 7.62x54R in a rifle not chambered for it.
If you are unsure what to use, slugging the bore may help.
However, according to Barnaul Ammunition both calibers are the same:
"Out of all of the high powered cartridges, the 7.62x54R is one of the most popular in Russia.
Some hunters have been confused because there have been varying marking on the package, case bottom and stamps: 7.62x53: 7.62x53R: 7.62x54: 7.52x54R. This happened because the 53.72 mm case length was rounded off differently in various countries. After Russia became a member of the European Permanent Coordinated Commission, the final name - "7.62x54R" - of the cartridge was accepted. "
Dietmar's Tigr-308 in Germany.
PeeWee's Russian Tiger with aftermarket flash hider and sight hood.
Mack M's Tiger (left) with wood military furniture and hooded front sight by Dragunov Parts USA.
Cedric's Tiger was imported directly from Izhmash with the long barrel.
Cedric's Tiger with dragunovparts.com flash hider. This Tiger was the first one allowed for import into New Zealand.
Hilljack's Izhmash Tigr with Russian military stock set.
This European model Tigr is in .308 and has a POSP 6x36 scope. The lucky owner is Joachim who lives in Belgium.
"Here's a before and after photo of my 1993 Tigr. I bought it in the fall of 2008 and spent the next four months tracking down the parts to make it look like it does in the pic."
Tigr-308 and Saiga .308 in Russia. Note right and left folding stocks.
Rick from Dragunov Parts USA owns this unfired custom Tiger.
Izhmash Tiger owned by Matthias from Bavaria Germany. Note the extra fancy buttstock.
Tiger rifles and Romanian PSL-style rifles modified to comply with German laws on military firearms. Note Romanian SSG-97 in .308 on the right.
Tigr owners in Germany prefer the wood stocks to the polymer.
Europeans can buy Tigers in various configurations and calibers. One type has a fancy variation of the thumbhole stock.
This configuration gives the shooter the much-needed cheek lift for proper eye-to-scope level.
The Tiger at left features the long barrel and flash hider, folding buttstock, and adjustable target grip. Note the Harris bipod adapter and lack of bayonet lug.
These options are available from specialty shops in Russia.
Legion 7.62 Tiger.
Fancy Legion Monte Carlo butt stock made from walnut.
These Tigr models have a different trigger. It is bent further back to allow a proper finger placement when using this type of stock.
Another European Tiger variation. These are excellent harsh weather hunting rifles. Note shorter 5 round magazine.
A beautifully hand carved buttstock to make this Tiger California compliant.
The owner of this Tiger has made a very interesting custom adjustable stock. Many owners agree that the length of the standard stocks on these rifles are too short.
Custom butt stock made from the standard Tiger stock. This variation allows the use of the SVD leather cheek pad.
Russian owners of Tigr rifles squeeze the most accuracy they can out of the Dragunov platform.
This Tigr is chambered in .300 Winchester Short Magnum. A custom aluminum scope mount ensures a stable platform.
Also features a custom floating hand guard and ergonomic butt stock.
The above Tigr with standard barrel removed.
Tiger with a FN L1A1 flash hider installed.
Supressed Tiger available in New Zealand with a basic firearms license.
The hand guard is generally not a good place to mount the bipod due to placing pressure on the barrel, but it looks cool.