This is the SVD Dragunov,
It is usually described as a sniper rifle, but I prefer its other description which is a marksman rifle.
Though capable of hitting targets up to 800 meters, which is further than the effective range of assault rifles, the Russian-made Dragunov falls short of having the range of most dedicated sniper rifles.
The best sniper rifle has a killing range of up to two kilometers.
The Dragunov however has several advantages over such sniper rifles.
Being semi-automatic and relatively light for a rifle of its type, it is more flexible for use in combat situation.
It was also designed to be used by a less skillful sharp shooter than a sniper specialist, thus the less need for specialize training for its user.
The rifle is also tougher and easier to maintain compared to dedicated sniper rifles, especially in battlefield condition.
Being Russian-made, it is also relatively cheap compared to Western-made sniper rifles.
There are also several other variants such as those produced in China.
The Dragunov is my weapon of choice in the event I am forced to bear arm.
In such a situation, I will find a suitable spot to defend with the rifle.
The main objective is not to let the enemy come close to harm me.
It's the best tactic for someone like me in that kind of a situation as I don't think I have the strength to run around dodging bullets with an assault rifle like normal foot soldiers.
Ya, it is better for me to sit still and wait for the enemy.
During a war situation, a Dragunov could normally be found sold at the black market.
I will buy one in that kind of a situation.
Well, why I am writing this nonsense?
Actually I can't sleep.
It is now past 3am.
Anyway, it is also more fun to write about this rifle than trying to defend the likes of Ahmad Maslan, Shahrizat, Ku Nan, Rauf and other Umno leaders like them.
Writing for fun like this could also eases my mind from worrying about the ongoing Umno rebellion.
It is also much less poisonous than writing about Anwar, Guan Eng and the Pakatan gang.