PSL help?

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  1. technoronin

    technoronin New Member

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    I managed to get out to Lone Star Gun Range this afternoon and shoot my new PSL (http://www.dragunov.net/romanian_psl.html). First, without the scope and then with the scope. It seems that I was a lot more accurate without the scope (even though I'm still a lousy shot). The geometry of the short stock & the way the scope is mounted requires me to twist into some really awkward positions. It was very hard on my back and twisted my right wrist into a very uncomfortable position.

    I think I need a longer stock, preferably with a pistol grip that's a bit smaller than what's on there. Any suggestions?

    Other than that, I certainly got some interest from some of the folks at the range, they really wanted to know what it was.
     


  2. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

    Jan 21, 2009
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    Just add a butt pad to the stock, you can gain an inch to the length of pull. Are you over 6 feet tall? I'm 5'10" and Dragunov stocks are a tad short for me, but never gave me any trouble like you're describing. Relax and cant the rifle to bring the optics into your line of sight if you have to.

    Not sure I'd go with a smaller pistol grip, it seems like it's easier to hold a something that's wider without having it in a death grip.
     
  3. technoronin

    technoronin New Member

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    I'm 6'2" and a bit scrawny. I don't think that adding an inch is going to be nearly enough. As far as the pistol grip, it seems to be a bit awkward and a stretch to reach the trigger. Perhaps my technique is flawed, this is the first rifle I have shot in over 30 years and the first high power rifle I have ever shot.

    My plan is to sign up for one of the Appleseed courses and try to learn the right way to shoot.
     
  4. TxEMTP69

    TxEMTP69 TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    I definately think asking for help in person would be good as someone in person may be able to offer a little more insight as to technique, an appleseed might be a good place to start, never been to one, if you go please give an update.
     
  5. idleprocess

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    I'm 6'4" with longish arms and don't have any trouble with my PSL :gotme:

    Consistent cheek weld will be difficult with the high scope mounting, but it's not supposed to be a sub-MOA sniper rifle. It's more of a designated marksman rifle, and ~2MOA is sufficient for that purpose since it's also supposed to be able to use the iron sights without removing the scope.
     
  6. technoronin

    technoronin New Member

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    I think it may be possible to use the iron sights if I remove the rubber eyepiece on the scope, but I haven't tried. I have taken a look at the sights with the eyepiece installed and I don't think I could use them.

    Maybe the way I'm trying to hold the rifle is very wrong, but it really makes my wrist hurt to get the pad of my right hand behind the grip.
     
  7. idleprocess

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    I grip mine like this without any problems...

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    Feels pretty easy and natural to me.

    Of course, it's designed for right-handed shooters.
     
  8. technoronin

    technoronin New Member

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    Yeah, that's how I grip it. It's not bad, but it does feel like a bit of a stretch to the trigger. I don't care for double stack magazines in pistols either.

    It's when I try to hold it tight into my shoulder that I have the most trouble, my wrist gets bent back as far as it can go and by the time I get my head where I can look through the scope even my lower back starts to complain.

    I do have chronic issues with muscle tension in my back, so perhaps that is reducing my flexibility to the point that I can't comfortably twist far enough.

    I will be the first to admit that I still have a lot to learn, I'm just now getting seriously interested in rifles.
     
  9. 308nato

    308nato TGT Addict

    The only problem that I have had is the rough trigger pull and need to have that taken care of .
    I have also ordered a butt pad from cheaper than dirt that is an
    extra 2 inches long as the stock is a tad short.
    I guess all those Romanian snipers must be little guys.
     
  10. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

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    Austin, TX
    Russian guns tend to have about 1" shorter stocks than the standard length for US or even Euro manufacture guns. The PSL on the other hand is about 2" shorter than the domestic standard. I don't mind since I like to get close and tight on the gun, especially for iron sights. I can see how it can be problematic for some shooters, especially with longer arms.

    My suggestion is to restock the gun, or to replace the end plate with an adjustable spacer system. If you go with a softer spacer you'll also remove some of the blood pump out of your optics view.

    I'm curious how these shoot for you guys. We got one at Red's and the ammo is really cheap. I'd imagine it would do 2 - 3 MOA?
     

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