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C_T
09-09-2009, 11:01 PM
I wanted to buy a real SVD rifle but I don't have the founds for it so I'm settling in for a clone. Any tips or advice for this rifle? I'm planing on buying it at the next gun show in Ontario at the Coldwar shooters stand for $1100. I hear its real rip off and you could buy them way cheaper at gunbroker.com for around 700 to 1000 but I never bought anything from them before much less online. Also I kinda want to inspect the rifle right when I buy it. Any one here ever own for fired it before? is this really a good deal?

Thanks.

http://www.coldwarshooters.net/images/PSL.jpg

Scratch705
09-09-2009, 11:06 PM
check our classifieds, i think i saw some PSL's being sold.

you may have to search for it since it may have been pushed down by the newer listings.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=200165
here is one from a guy i bought my mosin from. don't think it has sold yet?

EBR Works
09-09-2009, 11:09 PM
Buy it from Henderson Defense. Much cheaper, they will make it Cali compliant for you and their customer service gets an A+:

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?productId=212&categoryId=17

You just saved almost $400 to buy ammo!

... and yes I do own one. It's a fun 3MOA weapon that always turns heads at the range.

Here's how it came from Henderson last year:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g302/impactco/all-1.jpg

They use the Solar Tactical mag lock now which looks a lot better than the JumboPanda lock pictured.

7.62x54R
09-10-2009, 12:09 AM
Buy it from Henderson Defense. Much cheaper, they will make it Cali compliant for you and their customer service gets an A+:

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?productId=212&categoryId=17

You just saved almost $400 to buy ammo!

... and yes I do own one. It's a fun 3MOA weapon that always turns heads at the range.

Here's how it came from Henderson last year:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g302/impactco/all-1.jpg

They use the Solar Tactical mag lock now which looks a lot better than the JumboPanda lock pictured.

Good looking out another one to add to the list of things to buy. I want one but i dont want to pay the 1000$ plus ones from CWS

C_T
09-10-2009, 12:11 AM
Buy it from Henderson Defense. Much cheaper, they will make it Cali compliant for you and their customer service gets an A+:

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?productId=212&categoryId=17

You just saved almost $400 to buy ammo!

... and yes I do own one. It's a fun 3MOA weapon that always turns heads at the range.

Here's how it came from Henderson last year:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g302/impactco/all-1.jpg

They use the Solar Tactical mag lock now which looks a lot better than the JumboPanda lock pictured.

How does the Solar tactical mag lock work? and it seems like a really great deal thanks! Also do you know if they add the original mag release with it? I might be moving to Arizona in a year depending on my situation. And is there any way of improving the accuracy on the rifle? like ammo or swapping barrels? or is it due to the whole AK system?

Thanks!

C_T
09-10-2009, 12:19 AM
Also is there anything i should know about this rifle? I hear using higher grains could damage the receiver. I don't want to use corrosive ammo ether. Would it also be possible to use SVD parts on a PSL? I Already bought a nice new stock and forearm grip for it used for a SVD.

Dr. Peter Venkman
09-10-2009, 12:25 AM
Also is there anything i should know about this rifle? I hear using higher grains could damage the receiver. I don't want to use corrosive ammo ether. Would it also be possible to use SVD parts on a PSL? I Already bought a nice new stock and forearm grip for it used for a SVD.

SVD and PSL parts are NOT interchangeable. And who cares about using corrosive ammunition? Just add water to your regular cleaning regimen or spray foam cleaner down the barrel when you are done. And yes, higher grains can damage the receiver.

69Mach1
09-10-2009, 12:28 AM
Also is there anything i should know about this rifle? I hear using higher grains could damage the receiver. I don't want to use corrosive ammo ether. Would it also be possible to use SVD parts on a PSL? I Already bought a nice new stock and forearm grip for it used for a SVD.

Here's a great resource.
http://www.dragunov.net/

marxdspot
09-10-2009, 12:28 AM
C_T,

Check your PM box. Just sent you a PM.

olhunter
09-10-2009, 5:38 AM
Buy it from Henderson Defense. Much cheaper, they will make it Cali compliant for you and their customer service gets an A+:

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?productId=212&categoryId=17

You just saved almost $400 to buy ammo!

... and yes I do own one. It's a fun 3MOA weapon that always turns heads at the range.


I do believe the price went down. This link shows it as $689. Any difference?

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?productId=231&categoryId=4

EBR Works
09-10-2009, 7:29 AM
How does the Solar tactical mag lock work? and it seems like a really great deal thanks! Also do you know if they add the original mag release with it? I might be moving to Arizona in a year depending on my situation. And is there any way of improving the accuracy on the rifle? like ammo or swapping barrels? or is it due to the whole AK system?

Thanks!

Here's are pics of the Solar unit installed on an AK:
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g302/impactco/duraglock.jpg
http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g302/impactco/duraglock2.jpg

It retains the original mag release and does not require any mods to the rifle. You can use a bullet tip or small screwdriver to actuate the mag release. Remove 4 hex screws and you are back to the standard mag release for out of state.

As to accuracy, you are stuck with the skinny barrel. If you roll your own handloads, you may see an improvement but it will never be a sub-moa weapon. It was never designed to be. It's just a big AK!

Feed it 147gr ball ammo and you'll be fine. If you shoot corrosive, follow this basic procedure:

http://www.surplusrifle.com/shooting/corrosive/index.asp

Attiic
09-10-2009, 12:31 PM
At the last Costa Mesa gun show, i walked by a table four SVDs priced somewhere from $750 to $800.

EBR Works
09-10-2009, 12:58 PM
At the last Costa Mesa gun show, i walked by a table four SVDs priced somewhere from $750 to $800.

They were not SVDs for those prices. They were PSL-54c aka Romak 3 rifles. They look similar but are completely different. Do some reading here:

http://www.dragunov.net/

hybridatsun350
09-10-2009, 1:26 PM
At the last Costa Mesa gun show, i walked by a table four SVDs priced somewhere from $750 to $800.

They were not SVDs for those prices. They were PSL-54c aka Romak 3 rifles. They look similar but are completely different. Do some reading here:

http://www.dragunov.net/

Agreed. If they were SVD's (which they weren't), they would have been gone before you ever saw them! :p

Mr Wizard
09-10-2009, 2:23 PM
I bought one from CWS for $999.99 at Ventura last year. It is a PSL-54C that came with the raddlock release and all the extras. The nuke battery in the scope has long since died,but it's still pretty accurate. Yes, I saw all those other guys who sell them cheaper, but then you have to pay extra to make it compliant, find a FFL, pay shipping, etc. Too much trouble for me. I figure I actually paid $100 more for convenience.
Use 147 gr light ball and let cool down between mags. I believe these are designated marksman rifles, not sniper, but still loads of fun...

Mssr. Eleganté
09-10-2009, 4:01 PM
I do believe the price went down. This link shows it as $689. Any difference?

http://shop.hendersondefense.biz/product.sc?productId=231&categoryId=4

Yes, the one you linked to for $689 is the regular model. The more expensive one in the first link is the California compliant model.

luckystrike
09-11-2009, 4:16 AM
cool rifle.but not C&R or blackpowder...

Xerxes
09-13-2009, 2:22 PM
The one Century sells now has some peculiarities

There have been lots of problems with cant'd sights and they blame problems with this firearm on the user shooting heavy ball. Not sure how that works exactly but its a good excuse to deny manufacture responsibility and blaming the user.

Also current century models ship with one magazine a lot of times (though says you get two), sometimes without the accessories (though advertisement says it comes with them).

The bayonet lug is ground off and the muzzle break is pinned and welded. Some of these welded barrels have threads, some do not. The actual specific scope (magnification/model) seems to vary a bit on when built and imported so check it if you are looking at an older one to know what you are getting.

I am thinking of getting one of these also since very price competitive to a real SVD (by about 2.5 to 4 times more expensive) but not sure if I want the most recent Century manufacture of this model.

I was thinking of the Henderson model due to them installing CA compliance and making the deal simple at a great price, but then I can not do any drive by bayoneting of our state politicians in Sacramento with that model now being sold. I think the politicians recognize the dangers from drive by bayonetings so encourage the removal of this device in order to sell them. Just like the grenade launchers on the SKS though for some reason those based upon the NATO muzzle break are perfectly legal. Everyone please keep this a secret else we will have to cut the barrels on our AR-15 to remove the grenade launching feature and bayonet. You know they will stop me from using my 1500 rifle grenades I have buried in the backyard and bought from the internet since it is so easy to buy a rifle grenade on the internet with explosives/shaped charge/shrapnel and all. Ya, just cut the barrel on the rifle and we will stop this non-existent danger.

Sorry for the rant, but it seems that for the few legal firearms we are allowed that the gun grabbers and government want to permanently scar it like cutting a gash across a beautiful woman's face and yanking off a breast and sawing off a leg and saying now you can marry this beautiful women because she is safe.

RaceDay
09-13-2009, 4:09 PM
I got a PSL earlier this year. Henderson Defense Fathers Day sale. I used Independent Armament Co as the FFL (they rock). All in all, a great purchase. Get one with solar tactical lock rather than Radlock. If you move out of CA, it is a 1-minute job to convert it back to free state configuration.

Dr. Peter Venkman
09-13-2009, 4:55 PM
I got a PSL earlier this year. Henderson Defense Fathers Day sale. I used Independent Armament Co as the FFL (they rock). All in all, a great purchase. Get one with solar tactical lock rather than Radlock. If you move out of CA, it is a 1-minute job to convert it back to free state configuration.

I like Jumbopanda's. 5 seconds until it's a free-state rifle again.

RaceDay
09-13-2009, 5:08 PM
I like Jumbopanda's. 5 seconds until it's a free-state rifle again.

I don't think any seller ships with the Jumbopanda lock though. The beauty of HDI is they ship you the whole gun with the lock already installed. No removing the stock or other required BS until you got the Radlock installed.

mcubed4130
09-13-2009, 5:09 PM
+2 on Henderson Defense.

I got my 2 PSL CA compliant rifles from them. Good folks great pricing.

-M3

Xerxes
09-13-2009, 8:48 PM
No knock on Henderson as it is a Century thing.

Did yours come with a grinded of bayonet lug and welded/pinned on muzzle break?

Is the front sight canted off from making a zero?

Or did you get yours a while back?

+2 on Henderson Defense.

I got my 2 PSL CA compliant rifles from them. Good folks great pricing.

-M3

Attiic
09-13-2009, 10:18 PM
They were not SVDs for those prices. They were PSL-54c aka Romak 3 rifles. They look similar but are completely different. Do some reading here:

http://www.dragunov.net/

Well, im no expert. its just what the tags said.