SOLD FOR: $2725
Make: Izhevsk Arsenal, Russia
Model: SVT 40 (Tokarev)
Serial Number: N3269
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 3/4 inches to the end of the muzzle device.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an adjustable, hooded post. The rear sight is a U notched sliding escalator. The top edges of the receiver are grooved to accept a scope base.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, ventilated handguard, ventilated metal nose caps, through bolt, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows moderate oxidation throughout. The stock shows light to moderate handling and storage marks. The wood shows some scattered scuffs, scrapes and scratches. The stock has some interesting markings on the grip and both sides of the buttstock. The LOP measures 13 ¼” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. This stock rates in about Very Good overall condition, as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is light to moderate erosion in the bore, nearest the muzzle end. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 7.5 out of 10.
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. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The bolt body and handle have a plum hue to them. The balance of the finish shows light to moderate wear from handling and storage. The metal shows a few scuff marks and small scratches. Many of the markings are well defined. There is light surface oxidation in a few places. There is newer grease in many places, on metal and wood surfaces. The tannish colored grease can be cleaned off. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions Correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a cleaning rod and a 10 round magazine that appears to function correctly.
Our Assessment: The SVT-40 is a semi-automatic rifle that was used by the Soviet Union during World War II and in the post-war years. The SVT-40, also known as the Tokarev self-loading rifle, was designed by Fedor Tokarev and developed in the late 1930s. It was intended to replace the bolt-action Mosin-Nagant rifles used by the Soviet military at the time. The SVT-40 is a gas-operated, semi-automatic rifle. It uses a short-stroke gas piston system, where gas from fired cartridges is tapped off through a port in the barrel to cycle the action. The rifle fires from a detachable 10-round box magazine and chambers the 7.62x54mmR cartridge.
The SVT-40 was officially adopted by the Soviet Union in 1938 and saw extensive use during World War II. However, its complexity, cost of production, and increased training requirements gradually gave way to wartime expediency, production slowed in favor of the simple Mosin-Nagant rifle. The total production numbers for the SVT-40 are estimated to be around 1.6 million rifles, typically issued to non-commissioned officers, naval infantry, and other specialized units. The SVT-40 played a role in the early stages of World War II, but many were captured by the invading Germans, and would actually have some influence on their own G-43 design. In the end, the Soviets would focus more on bolt action rifles until after the war when they were in turn phased out in favor of the SKS and then the AK-47, which became their primary infantry rifle.
This Russian SVT 40 was made in 1941 at the Izhevsk Arsenal, it is in Very Good overall condition (did not see any import markings). This rifle is covered in grease and could use a good cleaning. This semi automatic rifle has since been rebuilt and looks great for a WWII era service rifle. Many of the markings on the metal are well defined and the bore can still put rounds down range as fast as you can pull the trigger. The markings include matching numbers on the receiver, bolt handle and stock. The bolt’s numbers are in electric pencil. The SVT-40 has a unique design, distinct appearance and rich history, this soviet era rifle would go great in any WWII, Russian, or Historical Collection. Please see our photos, good luck and happy bidding!