Russian Tula SVT-40 Semi-Auto Rifle 7.62x54r WWII Soviet Union 1942 C&R

SOLD FOR: $2,005

WOA#: WY240214BT015

Make: Tula, Russia

Model:  SVT-40

Serial Number: 4A3158

Year of Manufacture: 1942

Caliber: 7.62x54r

Action Type: Semi-Auto

Markings: Left side of the receiver at the barrel chamber is marked “4A3158” with a proofmark. Top of the receiver at the chamber is marked with “1942” and several proof marks including the Tula factory star, the Soviet Arsenal refurbishment marker, and other proof marks. See pictures for full proofing. The right side of the receiver at the barrel chamber is adorned with 3 proof marks, one being the refurb mark for Saransk. There are two proof marks on the magazine release, including possibly a Tula factory star on the safety. There is a proof mark on the left side of the trigger guard and one on the rear of the trigger guard that is an arrow within an oval indicating Podolsk as well as the Tula Star.  Please see our photos for a better understanding of the proofs.  The left side of the buttstock is marked, “3158” with several proofs all around including on the right, top, bottom, heel, and around the traditional grip.  The bottom of the receiver and charging handle are marked “3158” in electric pencil.

Barrel Length: 24” before muzzle brake, 26.75” after muzzle brake

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded post. The rear sight is a “U” notched sliding sight escalator marked from “1-15”

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is solid wood throughout, with some scratches on the buttstock, and some dings in other locations. Considering this firearm’s age and provenance, the stock is in Very Good Condition as Factory Refurbished.

Magazine Quantity & Condition: One 10rd Magazine in Very Good condition.

Type of Finish:  Black Parkerized, Blued

Finish Originality: Factory Refurbished

Bore Condition: The bore is dark, pitted, and corroded. and the rifling is worn. There is heavy erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this rifles rate at a 3/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows minimal wear along the handguard and buttstock. The blued finish is fading in certain places but especially on the barrel shroud. The metal on the inside of the receiver and barrel has heavy corrosion common with a rifle of its age and type. The screw heads are sharp and pins are unmarred. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Total of one magazine.

Our Assessment: This Russian SVT 40 was made back in 1942. The rifle still looks darn impressive for a 75 year old service rifle.This rifle has a Saransk refurbish marking.  This one is not import marked.

The SVT-40 was produced in large numbers during World War II, with production continuing until 1945. However, production of the SVT-40 was eventually phased out in favor of the more numerous and simpler-to-produce Mosin-Nagant rifles. Despite this, the SVT-40 remained in service with some Soviet and Warsaw Pact forces after World War II. It was designed by famous Soviet firearms designer Fedor Tokarev. It was developed as a replacement for the earlier SVT-38 and was officially adopted by the Soviet military in 1940. The rifle saw extensive service during World War II, where it was used by Soviet troops on the Eastern Front.

Overall, the SVT-40’s historical significance, rarity, unique design, investment potential, and role in completing collections make it a highly desirable firearm for collectors of military surplus firearms and enthusiasts of World War II-era weaponry. -R.E.

Russian Tula SVT-40 Semi-Auto Rifle 7.62x54r WWII Soviet Union 1942 C&R
Russian Tula SVT-40 Semi-Auto Rifle 7.62x54r WWII Soviet Union 1942 C&R