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I want to know which year each maker produced SVT-40 and SVT-38.

As far as I know SVT-38 were made in 1939 by Tula and Izhevsk. No sniper SVT-38 were issued.

SVT-40s were made from 1940 to 1945 by Tula, Izhevsk, Podolsk and Zlatoust. But which years were covered by which makers? SVT-40 snipers were issued by Tula in 1941 and 1942 only.

Anyone can tell me which maker make SVTs on which years (if you have production numbers too it would be a must)?
 

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That MN.net page is woefully out of date. Chumak's excellent book (you really should own a copy if you are interested in collecting the SVT) gives the following, sourced from Soviet archives:

Factory193919401941194219431944/45
Tula No. 314SVT38: 23,000SVT38:
98,766
SVT40:
121,641
SVT40:
Unknown
(~675,000?)
SVT40 Sniper:
38,006
N/AN/AN/A
Izhevsk No.74SVT38: 8,474SVT38:
60,384
SVT40:
92,466
SVT40:
287,140
N/AN/AN/A
Podolsk No.460N/ASVT38:
1392
SVT40:
11,659
SVT40:
Unknown
(~150,000?)
N/AN/AN/A
Zlatoust No. 535N/AN/AN/ASVT40:
140
N/AN/A
Mednogorsk No.314N/AN/ASVT40:
9,930
SVT40:
101,176
SVT40 Sniper:
14,220
AVT:
167,863
AVT:
213,586
AVT Sniper:
300
AVT:
119,752
TotalSVT38:
31434
SVT38:
160542
SVT40:
225763
SVT40:
1,111,052
SVT40:
115,396
AVT:
167,863
AVT:
213,886
AVT:
119,752

Grand Total SVT/AVT production: 2,145,688

Hope that answers your question.

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1. Some of the '41 snipers may have been produced at Mednogorsk in November/December, but it could not have been more than a handful in any case.
2. The 1941 production numbers at Tula and Podolsk were unknown at the time of publishing of Chumak's book. No idea if there has been any update since then. The somewhat educated guesses on production above are my own.
3. AVT Snipers were apparently a thing. 300 delivered in 1943 by "special order" (assuming I am translating correctly).
 

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Yeah ordered the book but shipping from Russia is painfully slow! About 2 more weeks of wait time remaining :)

Zlatoust in 1942 had the same arsenal stamping as Podolsk (arrow in oval) right? What about arsenal stamping of Mednogorsk (I guess it's the same as Tula?)?

Many thanks for the updated info!
 

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Podolsk made SVT-38!? Did anyone saw one?

Anyone ever saw a 1942 Izhevsk SVT-40?

And there is no 1940 SVT-40 snipers?
1. See attachment.
2. Izhevsk ended production in late 1941. No rifles were produced after September/October. Leftover parts were shipped to Mednogorsk in November/December.
3. No snipers were delivered to the army in 1940. The only "snipers" that existed were test rifles and prototypes.
 

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Very useful stuff, gentlemen. From the chart it appears one of the rarest types is an SVT manufactured at Mednogorsk in '41. Is there a serial # cutoff or any distinctive markings that allow one to know if a '41 Tula is from after the factory relocation. I'd love to buy that Chumak book but I believe it's in Russian and with my one course in Russian it takes me about a day to translate one paragraph.

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I am surprised at the Podolsk SVT-40 estimate. Previous numbers I have seen are 50-55K. From what I have seen in my by chance non-scientic observations the lower number seems realistic but at this point, nothing surprises me.
55K would only be about 6K guns a month. Seems low to me as December 1940 production was already 5,600. I assume Podolsk eventually managed around 15K a month and a monthly production rate of about 75K guns at Tula. Only guesses but they seem reasonable.


Very useful stuff, gentlemen. From the chart it appears one of the rarest types is an SVT manufactured at Mednogorsk in '41. Is there a serial # cutoff or any distinctive markings that allow one to know if a '41 Tula is from after the factory relocation. I'd love to buy that Chumak book but I believe it's in Russian and with my one course in Russian it takes me about a day to translate one paragraph.

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1941 Mednogorsk rifles are probably the MK (for Mednogorsk) block guns. See mine (built on parts from Podolsk and Izhevsk) here: http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?356820-An-Interesting-SVT40
 

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Don't want to hijack the thread but if no sniper 38's were made, were the scope mount receiver grooves cut into my 40 Tula unusual, or post war refurb?
 

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Wonder why they would add a machining step (or two) to cut those grooves?
Anybody got pics of a proper scope mount cut receiver (and notches)?
 

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I am surprised at the Podolsk SVT-40 estimate. Previous numbers I have seen are 50-55K. From what I have seen in my by chance non-scientific observations the lower number seems realistic but at this point, nothing surprises me.
I think quantity discovered by R.CHumak is real.
I track serial numbers of all SVT's. For example, I have 1940 serial numbers of 125 Tula SVT's, 119 Izhevsk SVT's, and only 7 Podolsk SVT's
 

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I think quantity discovered by R.CHumak is real.
I track serial numbers of all SVT's. For example, I have 1940 serial numbers of 125 Tula SVT's, 119 Izhevsk SVT's, and only 7 Podolsk SVT's

What are his numbers?

I am thinking we need a group buy and maybe get able volunteers to translate one page each. Then we language impared can have the book and read it too.
 

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I think quantity discovered by R.CHumak is real.
I track serial numbers of all SVT's. For example, I have 1940 serial numbers of 125 Tula SVT's, 119 Izhevsk SVT's, and only 7 Podolsk SVT's

I think there is some confusion here. Mike doubts my guess of 150k Podolsk rifles in 1941, not the known 1940 production numbers.
 

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I am thinking we need a group buy and maybe get able volunteers to translate one page each. Then we language impared can have the book and read it too.
Mike: I agree. I had thought of trying to hire a language student at the local University but unlikely to find one with any technical understanding. Would an alternative possibly be to have Russian literate members identify themselves and offer to field one-page requests for help from book owners? Limiting it to actual book purchasers would probably keep requests to a reasonable level.

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