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SVT 40 7.62x54 ????

Discussion in 'Military Surplus' started by Dirty Dave, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. hk33

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    Use gunbroker. If you search for completed auctions then you can find examples of guns and what they sold for. I wouldn't trust anyone to give you an appraisal your best bet it to use online sources. The last place you want to go is some random gun store as they only contain people who know nothing about guns, but think they know everything about every gun built from the beginning of time. ;) not always there are some good guys out there but there is no way to know unless you educate yourself first.
     
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    Here's a site with good close up pictures of an SVT40 with early features: http://50ae.net/collection/svt40/

    Mine is a '41 Tula. It has a mix of early and late features. 12-slot muzzle brake and (numbers matching) "slender" stock, but later style front sling swivel and the receiver is not machined for a scope.

    Captured SVTs were very popular with German troops.

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  4. MP43

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    That rifle has a good example of an AVT (automatic) type stock. Its got the safety lever cutout on both sides. (The safety would swing to the left for semi-automatic and to the right for full-auto. Middle position is safe.) It also has the stamped "A" that usually (but not always) appears on AVT stocks.
     
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    Do you think that AVT stock setup is a reason for it being so expensive? I've been reading about them all night trying to learn a little. I agree on educating your self. $49 that seems reasonable. It would be cool to have that newspaper clipping too. Hoping to get it Sunday. I've spent a ton of money the last month. Haven't worked in 3 weeks cause I cut my leg with a chainsaw. And finally my luck is turning around. What if it has the scope mount is that worth anything? I'm not going to get my hopes up to much cause you never know till you see it in person. Thank you all for the input. MP43 the 50ae site is great. Very informative.
     
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    I doubt the stock added a great deal to the bottom line, although being both AVT and Naval Infantry style is kinda interesting. They aren't that uncommon, especially on a later production rifle like this one. And a lot of people don't know the difference. You'll notice the seller never even mentioned the stock being anything out of the ordinary.
    Machining for a scope mount doesn't add a whole lot by itself, because it isn't really rare. Probably half the SVTs you run across have it. But if an original mount and scope are there also, and in good condition, they probably add 50% or more to the price of the rifle.
     
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    I saw this thread just now; several years ago, I was very interested in SVT-40's, so I did a lot of research on them. The folks who've commented here have covered most of the salient facts; I just wanted to add that the most important thing you can do is to look down the bore. Russian infantrymen back in the day weren't as particular about cleaning their firearms as the soldiers in other armies, so the vast majority of SVT's will have dark bores, and some will have pitting, sometimes really bad. In fact, of the few dozen I've inspected over the years, I can only remember one that had a somewhat bright bore, and a few had sewer pipes for barrels. So check the bore.

    As for value, I've seen a few that were stickered at less than $1K, though they were all Izhevsk's. Tula's tend to go for a little more, and the rare Kovrov's with a good bore will go for $1200 and up unless you encounter a seller who doesn't know the arsenal markings. A Finnish capture is a funny thing; some folks love that stamp, others value them less than non-captured SVT's.

    The sniper issue... the notch on the top rear of the receiver has been faked so many times, you really need to know how to identify them. The fakers sometimes do such a good job, even the experts have questions about those notches being fake. If I didn't know and trust the seller, I'd take any claim of an original sniper notch with a block of salt. The funny thing is, even a sniper SVT isn't that accurate a rifle, as the long and thin barrel tended to warp when heated up, so shot groups often have vertical stringing unless the shooter waits some time in between shots.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up Perplexed. I will definitely check the bore. My mom is going to pick them up for me Saturday. So I will get them on Sunday. With my leg messed up I can't be on it very long. So I can't go inspect them before hand. Hope it's not to pitted or sewer piped. Fingers crossed and hope for the best.
     
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    Thanks for sharing the thread jbrentd. Those are some nice up close pics and comparison shots. Very informative. Well my mom just left with the money so the deal is all but done. I can't wait til Sunday evening to get my new stuff. Will post pics when I get them. Thanks everyone.
     

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