But it is not enough to invent a rifle, it is necessary to begin its mass production. And here the SVD awaited quite a few difficulties. In order to produce trunks for a new sniper rifle, I had to master a completely new technology of forming rifling holes in the barrel.
Also, unlike the Kalashnikov assault rifle, where at that time the receiver was stamped, it was made for the SVD by a more expensive and more complex milling method. This greatly strained the military leadership of the USSR. But Dragunov did not compromise. He did not want to reduce the cost of rifle production to the detriment of its reliability and its phenomenal accuracy.