Sold For: $2,272
Make: Izhevsk Arsenal, Russia
Model: SVT 40 (Tokarev)
Serial Number: T14450; added by the importer. The original serial number ends in 3366.
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 “T14450” and “SVT 40 7.62X54R MADE IN RUSSIA C.D.I. SWAN. VT”. The top of the receiver is marked with the Izhevsk Arsenal “arrow in a triangle”, with a square, and “1940r” (the “r” stands for “year”). The left side of the receiver is marked with the original serial number. The barrel shank, rear sight, and other metal parts are marked with small Russian stampings. The top of the bolt handle (electric pencil), the bottom of the bolt body (electric pencil), the trigger guard (electric pencil), and the left side of the butt are each marked with the original serial number. The magazine is all 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. The bottom of the grip is marked with a cyrillic character. The stock has a few other scattered worn markings.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 ¾ inches to the end of the muzzle brake.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded post dovetailed to a base at the front of the barrel. 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 with black touch-ups at the heel and toe. The metal nosecaps show scrapes. The handguard shows a filled & repaired hairline crack just ahead of the rear sight. 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 as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. Small scratches and areas of oxidation show through the new finish. The barrel also has pin prick surface erosion showing through the finish. The bolt shows a purple hue and light thinning from cycling. The metal shows various light scrapes & handling marks. Many of the markings are deep; some are faded. 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 one refinished 10 round magazine. There is surface erosion showing through the finish. The magazine shows light scrapes It is in about Very Good condition as refinished. Also included is a canvas sling with leather ends marked “MADE IN USSR (C.J.S.)” on the inside. The sling shows scattered light wear, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Russian SVT 40 was made back in 1940 at the Izhevsk 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.
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