Romanian PSL-54 rifles, anyone have one or shot one?

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  1. phatcyclist

    phatcyclist Active Member

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    I was on a quest to go check out the South CMP store in December and pick up a service grade Garand, but I was informed recently that there are no more for sale in store and certainly won't be by the time I'd be looking to check i out. Bummer.

    Thing is, I'm still looking for a .30 cal semi-auto rifle that uses detachable magazines. I thought about a PTR-91 but they are simply out of my price range, same with an M1A. This brings my attention to a PSL-54. I have lots of 7.62x54R because I have a few Mosins, most of it is light ball, which I hear these things work better with. I've also heard they are roughly 2 M.O.A. rifles with decent ammunition, which is acceptable for my use.

    I just want to see if anyone has ever purchased one. They hover right around the price range I'm looking to spend and are available. I'd really like a Garand but they are too expensive outside the CMP and I'd rather not buy a really ragged out rack or field grade like they have for sale currently in the store.

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  2. country_boy

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    what about a saiga .308??
     
  3. phatcyclist

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    I have considered it, although the factory sporter stocks are not that great IMO, I'd like one with a pistol grip. I know you can convert them but I'm not really looking for a project like that, I don't have the tools or space to do something like that at home. Plus I'd like something with a longer than 16 or 18 inch barrel.

    If I could buy one converted already in my price range I'd consider it more.
     
  4. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

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    Pretty sure I could get you a converted .308. Dunno about your price range.

    Give these guys a call.

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    Tell them I sent you so they can jack the price up. :lolz:

    Don't worry about them being in CA. They can convert it and simply ship without the pistol grip on the rifle. You install that (one screw) when you get it.

    Oh, and what's the intended use for this rifle?
     
  5. phatcyclist

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    I'm looking to spend up to $750 but I'd like something that will be somewhat accurate for that price. A PSL costs up to $750 but it comes with a scope. The Garand costs about $600 and obviously has no optics.

    I'd really like something that will shoot accurately out to 500 yards if I need it. Honestly I'm looking for something that I would probably shoot at 200 yards most of the time at a deer's head/neck. I'd be looking to purchase something around December, I don't know what deal they could get me on a converted 20 inch barreled Saiga in .308.
     
  6. country_boy

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    Seems to me it wouldnt take much to convert the stock. Both are based on the ak. Should just be two top screws and then wiggle it out. Theres a kit out there that allows the use of hand gaurds on the saiga.
     
  7. 308nato

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    I have had one for about a year now and I like it .
    I have installed a 2in extended butt pad so the stock is a little longer
    and intend to have the trigger asembly worked on to smooth it out.
    Its a little stiff and throws me off . I like it so much I sold my m-14
    and bought more 7.63x54, now I just have to sell the milsurp 7.62x51 nato.
    And for cleaning it is so easy to tear down even a caveman could do it.
     
  8. idleprocess

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    The PSL is an AK-47 action scaled up for 7.62x54R. It has recoil similar to an AK thanks to the recoil spring in the butt pad and the surprisingly large brake.

    It is not polished like a quality bolt gun or even an AR-10. Its purpose is not as a sniper rifle, but a designated marksman rifle, the the purpose of providing rapid accurate fire out to ~600m or so. Since it's based on the AK, it has the same operating system and similar heavy bolt/carrier slinging around every shot. I've only shot mine on a 100yard range a handful of times, and its accuracy is somewhat less than a scoped AR and noticeably less than a decent scoped bolt gun.
     
  9. tenfeathers

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    I have one and I love it, resonably accurate out to 500 yrds. Not the prettiest rifle but cheap to shoot low maintance . I can get 2 1/2 " groups at 200 yrds.
    Also have 308 m1a & cetme but like the PSL
    jst my 2cts
     
  10. M. Sage

    M. Sage TGT Addict

    Jan 21, 2009
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    You have to make some changes to the trigger, too, and IIRC you need to fill and relocate the trigger hole to make it work for the pistol grip.

    There isn't a lot you can do with an AK trigger, to be honest (trust me, I've looked and tried). I think that Red Star Arms might sell an adjustable two-stage/single-stage trigger system that will fit in a PSL. It'll definitely work in an AK. They cost about $100.
     

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