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Looks like it to me but I think VIC or TUCO are the experts.
 

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Im no expert either but that looks fake to me. Why?

The photos of the real one were more squarish AFAICR. Your photo looks like a fresh cut or grind to me also, and it is not centered.

But the sad part is that the one I saw may very well also be fake.

There is probably no way to really know since there are so many fake ones out there.

Even if I found one today that looked perfect, I would still consider it fake unless there were documents to prove otherwise.
 

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I would agree with gonso, unless I walked out of the museum with it in my hands....
I just have not seen enough of them to know for sure. The couple I have seen that were "supposed" to be original were more narrow and deeper, more oval cut and milled rather than rat-tail file cut. As far as marks - not a clue, some marked some not. But, I am not to go into that - Skid
 

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Im no expert either but that looks fake to me. Why?

The photos of the real one were more squarish AFAICR. Your photo looks like a fresh cut or grind to me also, and it is not centered.

But the sad part is that the one I saw may very well also be fake.

There is probably no way to really know since there are so many fake ones out there.

Even if I found one today that looked perfect, I would still consider it fake unless there were documents to prove otherwise.
What documents would that be to prove it validity?
 

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What documents would that be to prove it validity?

Capture papers indicating it was a sniper capture, that's the only one that comes to mind.

Or certification of some kind by an expert (if there is such a thing).

Sadly though, paper and ink can be faked as well.
 

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It would be sort of hard to get capture papers since we did not fight the Russians-
 

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German captured then US GI captured. Germans did use a lot of SVTs and probably captured some sniper ones.
I have a Russian TT-33, 39 dated, with capture papers issued to a GI. Probably captured from a Russian by the Germans then captured by the GI.
That would probably be the only way, Ray
 

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I agree with Ray A few came from the Russian encounters, but very few. I saw the one they gave Patton, because he loved the Russians so much, at the NGD a few years back. Cool gun.
 

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It would be sort of hard to get capture papers since we did not fight the Russians-
As others have noted. Germans had a lot of these. I can think of only one case where a GI had capture papers on a German capture SVT.

IIRC, some might have also been sent to Vietnam. N. Korea maybe? Not sure about that but VC had them.
 
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