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Dragunov Tigr

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by AnimeFanatic5602, Oct 31, 2009.

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  1. The Tigr rifle, made by Izhmash in Russia, is the sporting version of the Dragunov SVD sniper rifle. Originally imported into the U.S. By B West, importation was stopped some time in the mid 90's by the Clinton administration. As I see it, this rifle is no better or worse than several other types of semi-auto rifles that are currently made in America, or imported. Case in point, the Romanian "Dragunov" type rifles, which are little more than glorified Ak's chambered for 7.62x54R. Though the Tigr isn't currently on the U.S. munitions list, the list can be amended. I encourage people to write a letter to the ATF asking for this change to be made. It should only take a few minutes, and would help beat laws made with the same attitude as the now-defunct "assault weapons" ban. A few letters may not be enough to sway the ATF, but many interested citizens all asking for the same thing can be a powerful force indeed.

  2. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

    you should include a link to the ATF's contact page. People are lazy and won't even bother if you don't post a link to it.
  3. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

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    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    I would REALLY love one of those Tigr rifles since we can't have PSL's/SVD's here cause of the flash suppressor. As much as I think the ban should be lifted, I just don't get why no one will manufacture them here. The rifle is much simpler to manufacture than many modern designs and the demand is huge. Such an untapped market.
  5. Even if the ban was lifted, you'd have to convince Izhmash to license it before you could start making Tigrs here. It is an untapped market, though. That's why I posted this suggestion in the first place; there's no real reason why these shouldn't be imported in the first place and if we can get enough people to badger the ATF about it, then something should get done eventually. We just need to make more people aware of the issue.
  6. RedLion

    RedLion Well-Known Member

    untapped market? I'm pretty sure it would have to compete with a well established AR-10, M1A market.
  7. nalioth

    nalioth Well-Known Member

    Your legislators are misguided.

    The PSL has a muzzle brake, not a flash hider.

    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I should have clarified. The rifle has a threaded barrel, which puts it in "Assault Weapon" classification here. We can have muzzle brakes only if they're pinned/soldered on permanently.

    And yes, our legislators are a bunch of clowns. All the gun laws and Newark/Camden are some of the most dangerous places in the country.

    500 rounds of steel cased x51 is ~$189 on ATG right now. 880 rounds of x54r is $159 on ATG. I don't see any competition there :)
  9. BigG

    BigG Well-Known Member

    The TIGR is a pretty nice weapon. I have one (BWest) and find it comparable to an M1A. And the scope is not bad, either.
  10. Cap'n Jack Burntbeard

    Cap'n Jack Burntbeard Well-Known Member

    If its an old soviet design from the 1960s, why would it need to be licensed? This confuses me.:confused:
  11. blaisenguns

    blaisenguns Well-Known Member

    I realy dont think that would help, and there should be about a 10 page list of guns included with such a letter. Why doesnt someone get a list of guns together and write up a petition to the ATF and congress?
  12. RedLion

    RedLion Well-Known Member

    @ Dark Knight

    Well if the Tigr costs $1000, with x51 at $0.378 and x54 at $0.181, it'll take over 5000 rounds to just to justify the cost of the gun.... idk if thats worth it in my book, but makes a mosin look like fun......

    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    The current price is so high because it is rare/highly desirable. If it were currently imported and regularly available I doubt it'd be over $600.
  14. Cap'n Jack Burntbeard

    Cap'n Jack Burntbeard Well-Known Member

    A real dragunov for $600?:what::eek::D
    With Izhmash going through bankruptcy, this is the perfect time for a US company to offer them a deal for their tooling, sorta like JLD with the Portuguese tooling for the PTR-91s.
    Was china the only other country to produce the dragunov?

    THE DARK KNIGHT Well-Known Member

    Well, I think it's more of a restructuring than a bankruptcy. I think the bankruptcy thing came about due to awkward translation. I figure the Tigr would probably be like a $600 gun, maybe 700 or 800 tops. Either way, it'd cheaper to buy and shoot than an M1A I'm sure.
  16. ccsniper

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  17. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Let's get refocused on helping AnimeFanatic5602 with his idea and not hijack his thread before we have to start pruning posts or close this altogether.
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  18. Grantman

    Grantman Well-Known Member

    Far out, this place is over moderated.

    If I lived in the US I'd certainly make an effort to email the authorities like AnimeFanatic5602 recommended. I own a Tigr here in NZ and it is a great rifle in my opinion. As AnimeFanatic said, it is the civilian version of the SVD (although receiver stamping and barrel twist rate are virtually the only differentiation between certain optioned Tigrs and the SVD). Here in New Zealand dealers can import American rifles and basically any credible nation's arms exports including Russia's. For a country like us that falls short of the US in terms of gun ownership freedoms it is ridiculous that we have a firearm related freedom that you guys don’t – importing Dragunovs. Email the ATF. Even if it goes nowhere at least you've done your part.
  19. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member

    Some one needs to draft a email we can all copy and send. I was not gifted with words we could really focus and actually maybe make a dent. either a letter with just the tiger or a letter with a big list of guns that shouldn't be banned. Personally I think we take the an approach like the poloticians and chip away one gun at a time.
  20. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

    It says on their website that they do not accept email inquiries about policy, so you have to send them a letter.
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