The formerly $499 Practical Dragunuv

The Romanian PSL looks like the famous Soviet Dragunuv rifle. It feels a lot like it too. It can hold the role and with extreme scarcity of the authentic rifle and its authentic clones, it found a solid niche.

But once it found that niche, gone were the days of the $499 PSL-54c.

The rifle itself is nothing more than an elongated AK for the x54r instead of the x39, an incredibly Soviet solution to the problem of needing a DMR type rifle. It served in the role to an adequate degree and most technology coming out of Russia was meant for adequacy, not excellence. There’s a problem, here is a simple solution to that problem.

Yes, $499

On the shelf too. With the PSO-1 optic even. I remember walking into my LGS and seeing the rifles, with or without scope, for $499.

And. I. Didn’t. Buy. One…

Why? Beyond being a poor junior reserve Marine in the late 00’s working sub $10/hr gigs, because I didn’t have foresight enough and patience enough. Back in those days I bought and sold to get the next thing I wanted to buy and try. I bought a $600 Arsenal AK that was being clearance price cleared for the new model. Bought an AR-10B from Armalite, considering it the more practical 7.62 option. I was probably right but that rifle faded to obscurity and has been updated past several times. PSL-54c’s have more than tripled in price and remained largely the same.

I goofed there.

Enough of nostalgia, how does the rifle actually perform in its role? Well if you’re done watching the 9-Hole video you probably have a fair idea.

If you don’t want to watch the video and have it answered in text here.


Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.