SOLD FOR: $2227
Model: PSL 54
Serial Number: L-1920-80
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Action Type: Semi-Automatic
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked, “L-1920-80 RO PSL-54C Cal. 7.62x54mm”. The right side of the receiver is marked, “MADE BY CN ROMARM SA/CUGIR IN ROMANIA IMPORTED BY CAI GEORGIA, VT”. .
Barrel Length: 24.5”, 26.75” with muzzle device
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable post and the rear sight is a “U” notched sliding leaf sight marked from “1 – 12” and “P”. Comes with a POSP LPS 4X6 TIP2 Scope with cover.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a wooden thumbhole stock with a steel buttplate and sling ring. The bottom of the grip has an impregnated bakelite “beaver barf” cap. Has ventilated blonde wooden handguards. The LOP measures 12.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the thumbhole stock. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition. There are light handling wear with light scratches on the buttstock but remains hardly noticeable in the glossy finish. There are some imperfections in the gloss finish on the left side of the buttstock in which it has created tiny bubbles where it was pooled and hardened.
Magazine Quantity & Condition: One 10rd 7.62x54R detachable waffle magazines in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Black
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows light scratches throughout. There is some corrosion on the right side of the receiver above the ejection port as well as some corrosion on the trunnion pin, bolt, as well as some in the crevices of the dust cover and receiver. The screw heads are sharp and the pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Total of one waffle magazine, POSP Scope (mounted) with cover, and Green Canvas Sling
Our Assessment: Okay, let’s get this out of the way: the PSL 54 is not the same as the Dragunov. Two different countries, two “slightly” different marksman rifles. Yes, they have similar thin, long barrels and wood furniture that includes thumbhole stocks and AK-style controls, but the PSL came second and took inspiration from the Dragunov sniper rifle. They’re not the same guns. They do use the same 7.62x54R caliber. Another big difference between what some consider warring cousins are the receivers. The PSL is made like its mini-me (the AKM) with stamped receivers versus Russia’s machined receivers for its Dragunov rifles. As it is, the PSL isn’t something to snub your nose at. These rifles were originally issued to the best marksman in each platoon, trained and tasked with engaging high value targets while also providing general fire support. Today, this Cold War era Com Bloc sniper rifle offers both practical uses and historic significance to whoever wins this lot. It’s a rugged and reliable design that you want in your collection!