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I just purchased my first SVT 40 with no import marks. Blueing is slightly worn but good, wood is dented, dinged but has finish and nice markings, bore is dark but very good, all numbers match except magazine. I’m not sure if it’s a refurb and is that an inspection stamp on Tula star or a refurb marking. Is this a bring back or ? 7E711F3D-4B52-4DE1-BC54-6311EFEA627D.jpg 2D77688B-5681-4A36-9F68-514B64FB12DC.jpg 95537202-0BB8-4C1B-8769-ED5EC9BE999B.jpeg 96D325E8-60D3-4AD7-9BA2-05B02322823A.jpeg 78377540-29CF-41C8-B658-D12439640AB0.jpeg ECD4BE5A-BDA4-4509-A017-24A0F3A72554.jpeg F4433FC9-386F-4A0E-AB4B-E6A90669A234.jpeg 6C8835E3-CA1D-49AE-8281-A7BB867D6447.jpeg 0E7ACF08-E2EB-42A1-A9EB-CD317241B04F.jpeg FAB4F556-94DE-4D81-B2A1-05AA1997E691.jpeg
 

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looks good to me. The only thing is it looks like somebody tried to "correct" the star on the receiver by double striking the contour so it looks awkward. Maybe bad angle of the picture but that's what it looks like to me, the rest looks legit
 

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Daveccarlson strike on the edge of the Tula star I can’t identify what it is.
You mean the rhombus? It's an technological inspection mark not a refurb/repair stamp if you are wondering.
 

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Nice original SVT40. You might check to see if the gas port adjustment has been remarked with a 2, but I suspect you will find it unmodified.
 

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Great rifle! How did you come across this one?

I have a similar 1941 Podolsk in all matching condition, minus the magazine, with no import or evidence of Finn ownership. I got chewed out on a Facebook group for even suggesting it was a bringback. The guy told me it was a Finn example. When I asked why, he said if I didn't know why, he didn't have time to explain to me. What a clown. I love the "experts" that don't have time to explain to "new" collectors like me who have only been collecting for 12 years or so.
 

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As Ryan stated if that little 5 sided nut sticking out at the front has a #2 stamped on it then the chances are very very good that the rifle was modified by Finns. And would have been imported into the USA back in either the late 50's or early 60's ( too lazy to look it up) by InterArmco.
 

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The five sided nut has a dot in the center and other numbers on the five sides like 1.5, 1.1, 1.7 1.2 and 1.3. The nut has been wrench on but I think that is what I see.
 

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Ithilsdorf,

My local gun shop received it from an estate. No magazine or cleaning rod but it seemed like a great score with the condition, matching numbers and no import marks. I’ve been looking for a few years for the right one.
 

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The five sided nut has a dot in the center and other numbers on the five sides like 1.5, 1.1, 1.7 1.2 and 1.3. The nut has been wrench on but I think that is what I see.
If it had the 1.1 settings, it is unmodified. Likely never in Finnish inventory.
 

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Awesome find! Now you just need to get yourself a cleaning rod.
 

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Finnish markings and modifications reduce value, so it is a good thing yours is original.
Well... not always (e.g. Finn captured PU vs Regular PU or Finn captured M44 vs regular M44) but that's a topic for whole different discussion)
 

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Nice SVT. Factory original's are worth a lot more then refurbs and much harder to find.

Pavlin, to me a PU or M44 that is Finn marked is not worth more then a factory matching non-Finn example. But that is my preference/opinion and has been my experience in sales.
 
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