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SCARCQB March 22nd, 2009 09:43 AM

Romanian PSL-54C
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Yesterday, I brought home a NIB Romanian PSL 54C that was ordered from J&G sales. The transfer was done by Dan at GC.

I wasnt really expecting much out of this rifle. Research is non-conclusive as people either like them or classify them as junk. I purchased one to teach my kids how to shoot high powered rifles and the 7.62x54 is still affordable at this time. My kids are also enthusiastic about this as they have been playing with video games that use Dragunov type sniper rifles. ( Resident evil, Call of Duty).Our troops are also encountering these weapons in Iraq and I am curious to find out its true capabilities.

Anyways, This thing cost $749.00 plus shipping and MSP/transfer fees. It came with a TIP2 PSO type 4x Scope, two 10 round mags and other used accessories. The scope is used with a lot of scratches covered up with what looks like auto touch up paint. But is is still clear and usable. It looks like the scope was made by IOR valdada.

The rifles fit is good, finish is rough with minor scratches all over, nothing a little touch up cold blue wouldnt fix. The rifle was packed with a combo of grease/ cosmoline. It took me 3 hours to get most of it out. Some rust spots on the trunnion area , maybe from test firing with corrosive ammo.The bore is bright, Front sight is not canted ( Biggest fear I had), Mags did not fit well, About 5 minutes of filing mag locking tabs corrected the issue. the PSO mounted solid on the side rails with no movement at all. I did all the mechanical checks, including headspace and FCG. All checked out OK.The rifle also has the newer receivers ( without the sear hole) , pinned compensators and assembled in Romania as opposed to a Kit build. Trigger pull is horrible and will have to be replaced. Disassembly is identical to any AK. Internally, this rifle is an overgrown AK. Similarities to an SVD are only superficial.

The stock is fitted snug with no play, all mounting screws are in place. However the Colors are mismatched. The hanguards are blond and the stock is darker. It also has a shellac finish that looks like the kindergarten class of 2009 did. No big deal, I will refinish this anyways at a later time. The sling mount fell off when I was installing the sling. I was able to fix it, but dont trust it to support a heavy rifle. The instructions manual is a Total POS. no detail on how to use the PSO scope and looks worse than a Chinese food takeout menu.

Im going to clean her up some more and take her for a range session next weekend. Im waiting for some Bulgarian light ball from the UPS truck and an 1P21 3x9 zoom scope that was ordered from russia. I am also installing a harris bipod adapter on the front handguard.

Overall, I think the rifle was a good buy ( Actually it was a trade). The mechanical aspect of it is solid as any good AK. Most negatives are cosmetic in nature.I am so tempted right now to get this thing duracoated, but I'll wait until I can confirm that she is a good shooter. Expectations are 1-1.5 inches at 100 yards with surplus light ball ammo should be realistic. I cant wait till next weekend and Ill post pictures and a range report.

by the way, Thanks Dan/GC and Fivepointstar for making this trade possible.:cool:

Left: PSL -54C out of the box ( Mine)
Right: PSL 54C with Minuta 1P21 variable power scope.( The one that I was drooling over)

Kchen986 March 22nd, 2009 12:21 PM

Eagerly awaiting a range report. Be sure to take pictures of the 100 yard group!

joppaj March 22nd, 2009 12:23 PM

It's a fine looking rifle SCAR. Any thoughts on upgrading the scope?

SCARCQB March 22nd, 2009 12:44 PM


I am currently waiting on a 1P21 scope. This is a variable power (3-9x) PSO type scope with an automatic rangefinder and different reticle design. I'm also going to replace the trigger with an adjustable type. Other than that, I want to keep it true to its form.

joppaj March 22nd, 2009 07:37 PM

SCAR, I'm envious. I'll be eagerly awaiting a range report.

fivepointstar March 22nd, 2009 07:49 PM looks Sweet!!! I'm waiting on the range report too b/c it might be on my short wishlist. Cait wait til next weekend and pics!

willtill March 23rd, 2009 11:27 AM

I have been lusting for a PSL. You a lucky dog :party29:

Yes, I await the range report as well.

Kindest Regards,


Rhino March 23rd, 2009 11:41 AM

I saw one last Friday at The Gun Shack, i think it was used, but I too am very interested in a range report.

ChannelCat March 23rd, 2009 12:16 PM

Great rifle!! I bought one a couple years ago, and I just love it! I also picked up a 4-pack of mags in a pouch.

hole punch March 23rd, 2009 04:44 PM

i love the PSL if only for the wow factor. if looks could kill this thing would be sub-MOA and drop em out to 1000 easy. SCAR, your description is right on target with my experience.

i didn't have the teeny precision screwdrivers needed to tweak the scope (it's way out, i ran out of elevation adjustment) but i WILL get back out and get her in soon enough. i need to order a case of light ball too ;O) :thumbsup:

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