Make: Izhevsk Arsenal, Russia
Model: SVT 40 (Tokarev)
Serial Number: AM1743
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: 7.62x54R (7.62x54mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Izhevsk Arsenal “arrow in a triangle” and “1941r” (the “r” stands for “year”). The left side of the receiver is marked with a partial Finnish Army property mark “SA in a box” and with the serial number. The bottom of the bolt handle, the bottom of the bolt body and the magazine are all marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number. The receiver, bolt and most of the metal parts have small Russian proofs & stampings on them. The 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 bottom of the magazine is marked with the Finnish Army property mark “SA in a box”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 3/4 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 elevator 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 hardwood, gloss finished 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 handguard shows a pinned repair to a filled & glued crack, ahead of the rear sight. The finish shows some scrapes & light scratches. A few have caused small chips in the finish. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition, as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are light grey and the grooves are dark. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the bore, mostly in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scratches & thinning. The bottom metal has been refinished. It has small scratches & some oxidation showing through the finish. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
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 light surface erosion showing through the finish. The magazine shows scrapes and small scratches. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Russian SVT 40 was made back in 1941 at the Izhevsk Arsenal. The rifle still looks darn impressive for a WWII era service rifle. The markings on the metal are deep and are proof of its history. This one has a beautifully refinished stock. The rifle and magazine are each marked with the” boxed SA” Finish Army ownership mark. This rifle was most likely captured during Russian & Finnish Continuation War (1941 – 1944). After capture it was probably used to kill lots of Russians. This will add nicely to a WWII or Military collection.
Here are some basics from Wikipedia: “The Samozaryadnaya Vintovka Tokareva, Obrazets 1940 goda (“Tokarev Self-loading Rifle, Model of 1940) or SVT-40 is a Soviet semi-automatic battle rifle. The SVT-40 saw widespread service during and after World War II. Intended to be the new service rifle of the Soviet Red Army, production was disrupted by the German invasion in 1941 resulting in a change back to the older Mosin–Nagant bolt-action rifle for the duration of WWII…The first country outside the Soviet Union to employ the SVT was Finland, which captured some 4,000 SVT-38s during the Winter War, and over 15,000 SVTs during the Continuation War. The SVT saw extensive use in Finnish hands.”
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio & relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.