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Romanian PSL-54C, about $700 (Grade C+ 2012)

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The PSL resembles the AK-47, and in fact uses the same design, but the action is longer and beefedûup for the more potent cartridge. We found the stock to be less than ideal from the bench, and notûmuch better offhand. Takedown was a dream compared to the SVT. We had a few failures to feedûfrom the apparently brand-new rifle that we thought would wear in.

Romanian PSL-54C, about $700 (Grade C+ 2012)

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When we had a failure to feed, we had to get out of our shooting position and peer into the jammed action from the right side, which we found fussy compared to the SVT with its open-top action. Clearing the jams required manually lifting the jammed round and recycling the bolt. As long as the gun doesn’t jam, this is a more protected design than the SVT.û
Here’s a look at the muzzle brake on the PSL. It’s similar in design to that of the SVT. Both make some rude noise, we thought, but neither rifle had any noticeable recoil. The front sight is at the top of that big tower.
Right: The bolt assembly with its carrier is another great design. The bolt itself can be spun and removed easily. The parts were pretty low on oil when we took this all apart.
The laminated buttstock was not to our liking, but it was a strong-looking item. Note the rail (top arrow) for a scope on the left side of the receiver. There are also only two pins near the trigger, going through the action (bottom arrows). That makes this legally “importable.” The three-pin versions are for full-auto operation.

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