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Tokarev M1940 (SVT) 7.62 x 54R (Grade B Feb 2004)

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Looking decidedly Soviet, the Tokarev M1940 (SVT) had a short career, being found somewhat breakable and not all that easy to repair. Our sample had an excellent bore (as did the other two) but appeared to have been arsenal refinished. There were wood inlays, and some signs of metal repolishing. It wasan excellent study weapon and a good rifle, we thought.

Tokarev M1940 (SVT) 7.62 x 54R (Grade B Feb 2004)

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The arrows above point to the simple trigger-blocking safety (left) and to the thin, folding magazine release (shown folded at right). The magazine fell out from recoil if this were not folded. If that was by design, it is a curious fix for a simple problem. The wood may have been walnut. The clean lines hid some deceptively difficult machining. This rifle was tough to field strip, we thought. The rear sight was unprotected but appeared sturdy.
The typical Soviet large-hole muzzle brake worked well. Blast was not really noticeable, perhaps because the muzzle was four feet from our shoulder.
Here’s a look at the Tokarev’s magazine release. It was slotted to become its own spring. It was less than one sixteenth inch in thickness.

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