SOLD FOR: $3125
Make: Soviet, Tula Arsenal
Serial#: The original Cyrillic serial number is GL2621; The importer’s serial number is T13225
Year of Manufacture: 1941, C&R
Action Type: Semi-Automatic Rifle fed by a Detachable Magazine (no magazine is included with the rifle)
Markings: All the following markings are in Cyrillic and have been Romanized. The left side of the chamber ring is marked with the Soviet serial number. The top of the chamber ring is marked with a star (a marking used on arms made at Tula) above the date code “1941”. The right side of the chamber ring has faded inspection marks. The rear right side of the frame is marked in English with the importer’s markings: the importers serial number “T13225” and “SVT 1940 7.62X54R MADE IN RUSSIA CDI SWAN VT”. The bottom of the breech-block (visible through the magazine port) and the charging handle on the bolt-carrier have been force matched to the Soviet serial number in electric pencil. The trigger guard is matching. The left side of the butt is matching. The left side of the front sight’s base has an Izhevsk proof (a triangle with an arrow inside) indicating it is not original to the rifle (the flash-hider with muzzle extension was replaced during the arsenal refurbishment).
Barrel Length: 27”
Sights/ Optics: The front sight is a dovetailed post on a raised base with a protective hood. The rear sight is a tangent leaf with a “U”-notch which is graduated in meters 1-15, inclusive.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The arsenal refurbished stock is 4-pieces featuring ventilated metal upper and lower piston covers, a wood ventilated handguard and a wood forend and butt. The stocks feature a barrel band with a sling swivel on the left side, finger grooves on the forend, a through bolt, a semi-pistol grip, a straight comb, a sling swivel on the belly and a metal buttplate. The stocks have some light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there are scattered patches of light finish loss. The LOP is 13.25” from the trigger to the rear end of the buttplate. The buttplate has finish loss around its leading edges and the area around the screw slots have been painted black. Overall, the arsenal refurbished stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Refurbishment
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with mostly sharp rifling. There is scattered light erosion concentrated in the grooves. On a scale of 1-10, the bore rates about 7/10 as a C&R. Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide until the 1960s.
Overall Condition: The arsenal refurbished rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are some light handling marks, scuffs and nicks on the metal parts of the rifle. The bolt has developed a brownish hue, a result from the refurbishment done at a Soviet repair depot. Notably, there is some finish loss along the leading edges. Some proof marks have faded but the majority of the markings are clear. The screwheads are serviceable. Overall, this arsenal refurbished rifle is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: There is an attached green sling. Please note, there is NO magazine included with this rifle.
Our Assessment: This Tula Arsenal manufactured SVT-40 is a semi-automatic rifle that is fed by a detachable magazine which takes 7.62x54mmR rounds. The SAMOZARYaDNAYa VINTOVKA TOKARYeVA OBRAZTsA 1940 GODA (self-loading rifle Tokarev model 1940) or SVT-40 was designed by Fyodor Vasilievich Tokarev, one of the preeminent Soviet weapon designers of the time. The precursor to the SVT-40 was the SVT-38 which proved unpopular among Soviet soldiers during the Winter War of 1940. The design was improved and by 1941 the SVT-40 began to enter service. The semi-automatic rifle saw extensive use by the Red Army during WWII across all fronts. The rifle proved its worth in the hands of some of the most accomplished snipers to emerge from the war. The SVT-40 was retired from active service in the Soviet Armed Forces following the end of WWII, and surplus units were eventually refurbished and sold off as hunting rifles in the Soviet Union. This rifle is an aesthetically pleasing and mechanically sound WWII era SVT-40. It is a WWII-vintage rifle you do not want to miss out on!