Got an interesting email today that made me think. What would you guys think of a Custom Rifle based on something from behind the Iron Curtain?
I have posted in comments a few times about possible future Crusader Special Projects. The idea of an M-3 seemed to sputter out due to lack of parts. Then I mentioned the the SVD battle rifle. You shot back that Romanian PSL’s were easier to get. Lo and behold, I find PSL’s from Century at Classic Arms Inc. for about $600. So, do you think that an enhanced PSL would be a project that the guys at Crusader would want to unleash their calculated madness on? If they are interested, but need to start with a proto type, I’d be happy to purchase the first rifle and leave it in the capable hands of Crusader Personnel.
That’s my proposition.
I’m interested in this rifle platform because I already own rifles in 5.56, 7.62 NATO, and 7.62×39. 7.62x54R is a proven fighting cartridge and is widely available and cheap at this time. Problem is, most people have only old M-N bold rifles to shoot it from. These are fine for fun, training new shooters and as a hand off weapon, America needs a worthy battle rifle to burn this Comm-Block ammo in. I think you guys are the ones to make that happen.
By best regards,
We have two PSL’s here at Ogre Ranch, and we use the hell out of them. The only rifle here outside of my M4gery that I use for Training that gets shot more than the PSL’s, is my .17HMR. A 440 round Spam Can of x54R is about a hundred bucks. Makes it a fraction of what .308 costs. So the PSL is absolutely a great platform with a lot of potential. But What I would do to them for enhancement?
Ditch the Iron Curtain Optic and instead get the rail mount so we could put on any optic we want. I’d suggest a simple Nikon Pro-Staff 3-9 BDC, but we’d leave that up to the Customer. The wood stocks/handguards can crack, so I’d replace these on our builds with black synthetics.
The barrels would all have to be inspected, bore-scoped, and faulty barrels discarded for good ones. From what I’ve seen, all would need to be recrowned. A dual angle target crown would do well here… 11 degrees then a 45 degree inside that. Maybe even cut the barrel back to just behind where the front sight post is and recrown it there. This would improve barrel harmonics and improve accuracy as a result. You’d loose some FPS, but I think the gains in accuracy would be worth it. Of course, we’d have to test that out.
The triggers would have to be replaced. PSL triggers suck like a Hoover. New Tapco drop in triggers are actually pretty good. Not great by any means, but light years ahead of the stock triggers.
Full Slipstream treatment on all the internals, of course, and a nice finishing touch of a Duracoat finish. A dark steel grey color to make it unique. Grey metal with black furniture.
The biggest problem though with the PSL, outside of the actual mechanics of the gun, is the magazines. PSL mags are pretty rough. Time would have to be taken to clean up the magazines inside and out, Deburr the feed lips, and ST-1 Treatment on the insides, the follower, springs and around the feed lips. This would increase reliability dramatically. The only way to screw that up would be to rim-lock the cartridges as you load them.
You know, I think I just got excited about this configuration… I think I might have to get Joe to do one of our PSL’s here. OOhhh… and that Black and Grey look… that would be sick.
These would be a more limited offering than even the Sterlings. Maybe only 6 rifles in total. Reason being, a really good PSL rifle to start out with is going to be a bit harder to find. And these would end up being more labor intensive than an AR build because we don’t have to go through each individual magazine. I’m not sure about the price of the rifle, or the cost of Conversion on a Customer’s PSL… I’d leave that up to Joe… Anyways… this is all just a thought and I haven’t even bounced it off Joe yet.
What does The Horde think? A good idea, or am I going in the wrong direction here?