The illustrations are still interesting and useful, but it does make some of the technical details difficult to figure out. However, the US Ordnance Corps happily had a habit of translating manuals for weapons US soldiers are expected to encounter in combat.
In this particular case, the US printed a manual on Soviet rifles and carbines inwhich we have acquired a partial scan of. In addition to providing maintenance and disassembly instructions, it has a useful section explaining the differences between the various models. Between the updates, sniper, and full auto versions, there six different versions and they can be confusing at first. The full document is available in PDF format for anyone interested. The text is good, although unfortunately the images have gone through several photocopies too many, and are not very helpful any longer if we can find a print copy of the manual and make a better digital scan, we will.
Today I am taking a look at Savage automatic pistols as a general group. Savage produced about a quarter million pistols in both. Some collectors hunt for firearms which look perfectly new form the factory, and others prefer arms that show lots of evidence of use and history.
Well, this is definitely one of the latter type — […]. Great help from you; I have three of these so would sure like the entire document. Perhaps it would not be out of order — as time and resources permit — for you and other Tokarev owners on FW — to put together a document about your personal experiences with the rifle, including your objective professional opinions and recommendations. Just a thought on my part, of course.
Lot 310: Soviet SVT 40 Tokarev Rifle with Scope and Bayonet
I have a single one that I once shot rather a lot. It is an SVT 40 produced in at Tula. It is a striking-looking firearm and looks positively sinister on the wall of the gun room, with its ventilated wood handguard and stamped upper and lower forward guards. I have a quantity of accessories for it including ammo pouches and spare mags hard to come by. I also have a bayonet, which does not have the cloth belt hanger part of the sheath. For some reason this is common on these bayonets. Indeed, in all things, the gun gives the impression of being less sturdy and less well-built than a Garand or a G43, which are relatively speaking workhorses.
I fired primarily surplus ammunition in it and found it to be unreliable with almost anything. It is particularly unhappy with later 7. The one design decision that looks brilliant is the inclusion of a cleaning rod. The magazine can be loaded through the stripper clip guide on the bolt carrier. The only tool required for field stripping is a cartridge, although the end of the cleaning rod can be substituted.
The firing pin and other small parts are captive. A small hole in the back of the receiver allows cleaning from the breech end — but the rod is too short!
Detail stripping does require tools. The SVT takedown tool has a spanner-screwdriver that fits this screw; it was once common at gun parts dealers and can also take off a stuck barrel shroud, although that usually comes off by hand with no tool required once the wedge is punched out.
Mine suffered corrosion casualty to the bore while in the safekeeping of a friend. I assume all 7. My friend did not. This made the reliability, already fair to poor, even worse.Closer view of the same rifles.
Bottom is the SVT38 polished long blade bayonet. The SVT40 bayonets are also found polished or blued although the blued blade 40's are generally thought to have been blued during arsenal refurb, original production having been polished. Scabbards, same order as previous pic Here you can see the in this case leather hangers which are an integral part of the scabbard. Rear spine of 38 left40 right mags. SVT38 cleaning rod head this is the head of the cleaning rod as folded when affixed to the stock slot of the rifle.
SVT38 rod head open. SVT38 rod head open side view. SVT40 sniper set Included in the imports were a few reportedly around a original snipers rifles which have a small "notch" on the top rear of tlocks the mount to the receiver in addtion to the scope rails.
Right side action. Not the odd configuration of the mount, it has 2 horizontal "rails" that slide into the rooves on the receiver, there is an opening in the rear of the mount to allow use of the iron sights when the scpe is fitted. Field action cover. Forend, right side. Muzzle deail left.
US Army Tokarev Rifle Manual
The SVT40 cleaning rod is very similiar to the Mosin Nagant rod except it has a collar a few inches down from the tip that catches on the rlease in the bayonet lug. Forend detail left. SVT40 rear sight. Bolt carrier etched number Here is the electric pencil etched number markings found on the arsenal refurbed guns, also note the remains of the Tula star stamp on the carrier handle.
Receiver marking left side. On the semi-auto guns it would only rotate to the left fire where it would lie in the groove visible. Left side action. There are also 2 different trigger guard styles found, this one, in the pic, is the "thicker" version, the width of the trigger guard loop is the same as the base, the "narrow" version has the loop a bit thinner than the base.
Triggerguard etched number. Same markings as previous This is a "wider" shot of the markings in the previous pic to illustrate their location on the stock. Stock number Number is stamped in buttstock on left side. Stock marking, top of comb This marking, a 2 is stamped on top of the comb just in front of the buttplate.
Buttstock left view. SVT40 sniper left view. The SVT? Scope marking. Another view of the mount This is an original Soviet mount, there are also decent repros available so be careful when paying for one of these, don't pay original prices for a repro!
Mount inside top. Mount markings. Inner mount markings These markings are found on the inside of the mount looking through the bottom. Select All.Remember Me? What's New? Forum Gunboards. Identifying, collecting and FAQ. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last Jump to page: Results 1 to 45 of Thread: Tokarev SVT Tokarev SVT Dedicated to those who fell. This weapon was used against Nazi and later against Soviets.
Tokarev semi-automatic carbine Model Mosin Nagant based model. Example of rifle in original condition, note thin bluing and reddish colour of stock. Pictures of the rifle from applegoomp GB collection. Legitimate Nazi capture stock. Picture from the open sources. Fake notch with fake fire proof from author collectionfake fire proof on receiver from open sources.
Finnish captured SVT Example of force-matched Finnish capture rifle. Note new stamped serial on receiver, faint serial on the left side of the bolt carrier, also on bolt and trigger guard.
Courtesy of polkey CGN. Typical Bulgarian refurbished rifle, note absence of refurb mark on receiver, sloppy stock finish and vertically re-stamped serial on stock.Throughout the years, Miltech has introduced exclusive production runs of historically significant firearms for private release called Limited Edition Specials.
These are usually rare or unique firearms, which we feel have made a significant impact on world history and arms design. The firearms chosen for our specials are collected and restored over an extended period of time so as not to interfere with our normal production scheduling. These rifles were conceived by two competing designers, both capitalizing on each others innovations and shortcomings in their mission to develop a revolutionary new service rifle for Russia during the early years of World War II.
The unique features in these two different rifles have been widely adopted and incorporated into dozens of high-tech military firearms currently in use worldwide. Each of these classic rifles is fully-restored and comes packed in a newly designed and hand-fitted crate with an internal tool and accessory compartment.
In additionboth rifles come equipped with a complete complement of service and operating accessoriessuch as manuals, clips, pouches, tools and rounds of ammunition. As always, our generous warranty, customer service and customer support policies will also apply to these historical pieces.
Toward the end of World War I, Russia began to undertake the development of a self-loading weapon which could fire a full-sized rifle cartridge. Their requirements, however, were quite restrictive: select-fire capability, 50 round magazine, folding blade bayonet and a weight under nine pounds.
Later, the specifications were relaxed slightly, however most of the changes did little to reduce the difficulty of the overall task. Eventually, a number of firearms designs were submitted, including one by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov the designer of the SKS.
Simonov's rifle, the AVS36 was adopted and produced in modest quantities until it was replaced by a more advanced design: the SVT38 submitted by Fyedor Vasileyvich Tokarev.
During the "Winter War" with Finland inthe Russians quickly discovered that the existing design of the SVT38 needed further improvement to successfully operate under the extremely harsh weather and battlefield conditions in the Soviet Union.
Tokarev made a number of changes in the detail of the weapon, however the basic principles of operation remained the same and in latethe rifle was re-designated the SVT Although the SVT 40 proved extremely effective in World War II, the skill level of the Russian peasant soldier was not sufficient to effectively operate and maintain such a complex piece of equipment.
The Germans, on the other hand, were impressed with versatility and firepower of the SVT 40, and with their highly skilled professional soldiers, they were able to employ the use of captured rifles more effectively than the Russians. Tokarev pioneered many innovative features in his SVT 40 design which were later applied to military rifles developed by other nations.
Some of these features included: a short-stroke gas piston system and a tipping bolt, which reduced weight and helped increase the rate of fire; a low bore line, which helped stabilize the weapon during rapid fire; a gas regulating valve, which allowed the rifleman to control the flow of gas into the operating system, thus compensating for ammunition or temperature variances.
Another unique SVT 40 feature was the fluted chamber, which assisted extraction of the spent case. This concept was later incorporated in the famous G3 rifle manufactured by the German firm of Heckler and Koch. The SVT 40 was phased out of Russian service by and the last reported combat use of the rifle was by the Castro forces in Cuba in the late 's.
In the People's Commisar of the Defense adopted a select-fire, autoloading rifle: the Avtomaticheskaya vintovka sistemi Simonova obrazets g AVS36designed by Soviet arms inspector Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. The AVS36 fired the standard 7. Simonov's design continued to undergo numerous modifications, however inthe rifle was superceded by a newer and more robust design: the SVT38, submitted by Fyedor Vasilyevich Tokarev.
During that same time period, Soviet officials became aware of the need for a lightweight battle rifle and ammunition similar to the German Schmeisser assault rifle, which fired the 7.It was intended to be the Soviet Red Army's new service riflebut its production was disrupted by the German invasion inresulting in a change back to the older Mosin—Nagant bolt-action rifle for the duration of World War II.
Fedor Tokarev created the basic design for the SVT rifle in the early s.
Tokarev gave up his previous experiments with recoil-operated self-loading rifles and pursued a gas-operating mechanism instead. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had a great interest in semi-automatic infantry rifles, and the army held trials of automatic rifle designs in The winning rifle was designed by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonovand was accepted into service the next year as the AVS However, problems with the AVS quickly became apparent, and both Tokarev and Simonov submitted improved designs to further trials.
This time, Tokarev's rifle was accepted for production, under the designation SVT with hopes that it would become the new standard issue rifle of the Red Army. Ambitious production plans anticipated two million rifles per year by Production began at Tula Arsenal in July production at Izhmash began in late The SVT is a gas-operated rifle with a short-stroke, spring-loaded piston above the barrel and a tilting bolt.
Soviet small arms were usually of simple and robust construction, designed for use by poorly educated and sometimes poorly equipped soldiers.
The SVT, in contrast, had been designed with weight-saving in mind, including its wood stock, receiver, and action. It was a gas-operated action with a gas-cylinder cup that was not readily accessible.
It was complex by Soviet standards, and was not suited to handle corrosively-primed ammunition without frequent cleaning. The SVT was equipped with a bayonet and a round detachable magazine. The receiver was open-top, which enabled reloading of the magazine using five-round Mosin—Nagant stripper clips.
Fairly advanced features for the time were the adjustable gas system, muzzle brakeand telescopic sight rails milled into the receiver. The sniper variant had an additional locking notch for a see-through scope mount and was equipped with a 3. The initial reaction of the troops to this new rifle was negative. Among the criticisms were the rifle being too long and cumbersome, difficult to maintain and the magazine tending to fall out.
Production of the SVT was terminated in April after someexamples had been manufactured. An improved design, the SVTentered production. It was a more refined, lighter design incorporating a modified, folding, magazine release. The hand guard was now of one-piece construction and the cleaning rod was housed under the barrel. Other changes were made to simplify manufacturing.
Production of the improved version began in July at Tula and later at factories in Izhevsk and Podolsk. Since these factories already had experience manufacturing the SVT, output increased quickly and an estimated 70, SVTs were produced in In a Soviet infantry division's table of organization and equipmentone-third of rifles were supposed to be SVTs, though in practice they seldom achieved this ratio.
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At first, Bloggers were saying that Amazon was selling the Kindle at a loss.
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Perhaps the direction Amazon could take in providing free, or at least below cost, hardware would be to enhance its capabilities to purchase more than just e-books.
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Joe My wife has a Kindle.