SOLD FOR: $2,400
Make: Tula Arsenal, Russia
Model: SVT 40 (Tokarev)
Serial Number: T03803 added by the importer. The original serial number contains Russian characters. It ends in 5394.
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark is in tiny text along the left rear of the receiver. It reads “SVT 1940 7.62x54R MADE IN RUSSIA CDI SWAN VT”. The importer’s new serial number is located on the right rear of the receiver. The top of the receiver is marked with the Tula Arsenal “star” and “1941”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial original number. The top of the bolt handle and the bottom of the bolt body are marked with the original serial number in electric pencil. The receiver, barrel shank, and many of the metal parts have small Russian proofs & stampings on them. These marks include a Tula Arsenal “star” stamping. The gas adjustment knob at the front of the gas tube is marked with small “numbers” for adjustment. The left side of the buttstock is marked with the original serial number and with crossed out numbers. The stock is marked with several small inspection stamps. Many of the inspection stamps consist of “circled Russian characters”. Most of the marks are on the butt. The magazine is marked with numbers that do not correlate to the original serial number. The interior of the sling is marked with 4 “boxed” stampings. One contains a ”star” and another other contains a “hammer & sickle”. The 2 other stampings are faded.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 ¾ inches to the end of the muzzle device.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded post. The rear sight is a “U” notch blade assembly attached to a sliding escalator that is marked from “1 – 15”. Both sides of the receiver are slotted at the rear in order to accept a scope base & optic.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece, gloss finished hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, ventilated handguard, ventilated metal nose caps with sling loop, through bolt, sling loop under the butt, and a metal buttplate. The refinished buttplate has surface erosion showing through the finish. It is touched up with black paint and shows scrapes. Both sides of the stock show large edge wood repairs below the receiver. The wood shows several scrapes & scratches. Many of these marks have damaged portions of the finish. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition, as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The grooves and front of the bore are dark. The rifling is deep; less pronounced near the muzzle. There is erosion in the bore, mostly in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. Oxidation and small scratches show through the finish. The bolt body and handle have a plum color to them. The metal shows scrapes and small scratches. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a refinished 10 round magazine. It has scratches and oxidation showing through the finish. The bottom of the magazine has surface erosion showing through the finish. The magazine shows scrapes and a few small scratches. It is in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished. The rifle has a green canvas sling attached by leather keepers. It shows discoloration and light soiling. The metal shows oxidation. Overall the sling is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Russian SVT 40 was made back in 1941 at the Tula Arsenal. The metal has been refinished and the stock has been refurbished so the rifle looks impressive. This WWII semi automatic service rifle has seen some use but it looks great and most of the markings are deep. The markings add to its history. This Russian SVT 40 Tokarev will add nicely to a WWII or Military collection.