WWII Russian Tula SVT-40 SVT40 7.62x54R Semi-Auto Military Rifle, 1940 C&R

Sold For: $2,800

LSB#: 200829RR02

Make: Tula Arsenal, Russia

Model: SVT 40 (Tokarev)

Serial Number: T09490 added by the importer. The original serial number is CB1698.

Year of Manufacture: 1940

Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)

Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine

Markings: The import mark along the right side of the receiver is in tiny text and includes the serial number. It reads “T09490” and  “SVT 1940 7.62X54R MADE IN RUSSIA C.D.I. SWAN. VT”. The top of the receiver is marked with the Tula Arsenal “star”, with a “9” in diamond, and “1940”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the original serial number, found again on the trigger guard, stock, buttplate, charging handle and bolt. The barrel shank, rear sight, and other metal parts are marked with small Russian stampings. The magazine is marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number. The gas adjustment knob at the front of the gas tube is marked with small “numbers” for adjustment.

Barrel Length: Approximately 26 ¾ inches to the end of the muzzle brake.

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”.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece 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 buttplate shows scrapes & small scratches. The metal nosecaps show scrapes.  There is a patch repair on the right along the edge of the receiver. The wood shows several scrapes and scratches that have damaged small portions of the surface wood or finish. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. There are a few scattered light nicks and scratches. There is infrequent minor surface erosion under the finish, most notable on the dust cover. The action shows light operational wear. There is some scattered discoloration from stubborn dried grease. Many of the markings are deep; some are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good-Fine 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 one refinished 10 round magazine. There is surface erosion showing under the finish. The magazine shows light scrapes It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.

Our Assessment: This Russian SVT 40 was made back in 1940 at the Tula Arsenal. I most likely saw service during WWII. It has since been refinished and imported into the U.S. for sales to the civilian market. Luckily the import mark and new serial number are in small text that is hard to see (unless you’re looking for it).The rifle still looks darn impressive for a WWII era service rifle. Many of the markings on the metal are deep and are proof of its history. This will add nicely to a WWII or Military collection.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.

WWII Russian Tula SVT-40 SVT40 7.62x54R Semi-Auto Military Rifle, 1940 C&R
WWII Russian Tula SVT-40 SVT40 7.62x54R Semi-Auto Military Rifle, 1940 C&R