The word on the street is that the Dragunov-style Romanian semi-auto is set to become available once again.
Circle 10 AK said this week via social media that Century Arms will soon start importing the 7.62x54R-caliber Puşcă Semiautomată cu Lunetă (Romanian for “scoped semi-automatic rifle”) once again. “There will be 2 models available,” says Circle 10. “One model will come with a non-matching Russian optic, while the other one comes with a serial matching Romanian optic to the rifle.”
Century previously sold CUGIR-made PSLs in the past as the PSL 54C complete with distinctive Dragunov SVD-style skeletonized stocks and proprietary 10-round magazines for about $850. While an expected availability date and price on the next wave headed to the states is not known, Circle 10 cautions they “will be more expensive than previous offerings due to production costs.”
Rather than a clone of the Soviet-era designated marksman rifle designed by firearm engineer Yevgeny Dragunov, the Romanians created the PSL as more of an homage to that gun, basing it instead off of the Kalashnikov AK and RPK designs. In short, a PSL looks SVD-ish and shoots the same round, but is not a Dragunov. With that being said, they have a following all their own and have been gaining in value in recent years.
To highlight the differences between the two platforms, Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons covers a CUGIR-made Century-imported PSL in the video below, including a look under the hood.
And to cover how they shoot at distance, Eric with IV8888 takes one out to 600 yards with a PSOP optic and military light ball ammo from Circle 10.