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Did not mean to hijack this thread, just noticed mine 1941 Tula is only a few hundred numbers off in the same prefix : LB . Also all matching, but the magazine, non-import.
Both rifles were probably manufactured within a week from each other.







 

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FGD135,

I like the bring back story myself. With that said, with this being my first SVT 40 I plan to find a magazine and shoot it as I’ve never fired an SVT.
Please do not shoot this rifle. You scored what many collectors can't find or can't afford at all. She is very valuable.
There are tons of refurbs, Finn captures, even some Bulgarian light refurbs available if you want to shoot SVT, but listen to advices above - don't shoot this one. Disassemble, clean, lube and enjoy as collectible item.
 

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Did not mean to hijack this thread, just noticed mine 1941 Tula is only a few hundred numbers off in the same prefix : LB . Also all matching, but the magazine, non-import.
Both rifles were probably manufactured within a week from each other.

Please post pictures of serials and markings.

In Л-series I have information on 19 rifles.
Out of them 6 are matching except magazine and 1 mostly matching. None of them have any single Finnish feature. One of them in Germany and another one surfaced in US with Mauser sling.
Usually captures observed in groups. Л-series is one of such groups.
 

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FGD135,

I like the bring back story myself. With that said, with this being my first SVT 40 I plan to find a magazine and shoot it as I’ve never fired an SVT. I plan to find an original cleaning rod not to clean it but to make it complete. I will clean it though with my one piece fiberglass cleaning rod and such, and put it in my safe to bring out occasionally and shoot it with other interested and interesting people. My question is now, if I pass on tomorrow what would my now educated loved ones expect the worth of an SVT of this nature to be at auction? I tend to document such information so that my former stuff doesn’t wind up in a garage sale for pennies on the dollar like I bought this SVT for;)
Here's a non-refurb in the wrong stock (which is also broken) and the buyer snatched it up for the Buy It Now price of $2749
https://www.gunbroker.com/item/873825269

I don't think I would pay that much for it in that stock, but I suppose it wasn't a bad purchase. Original matching SVT 40s are just so hard to find and your example is really nice.

I wouldn't even be able to guess what a non-refurb SVT40 like yours would bring. It would be multiples of what a typical refurbished SVT40 would go for, though.
 

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I found an izhevsk svt 40 recently for almost nothing. Oh yeah it was factory matching...
 

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Well I guess I won’t be shooting this SVT 40. I’ve got other Russian numbers matching rifles that I shoot on occasion but I get what everyone is saying. Sure you all aren’t just yanking my chain? If not then I’ll find a shooter and store this one back.
 

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Well I guess I won’t be shooting this SVT 40. I’ve got other Russian numbers matching rifles that I shoot on occasion but I get what everyone is saying. Sure you all aren’t just yanking my chain? If not then I’ll find a shooter and store this one back.
Rest assured that no one is yanking any chains. Serious collectors will be pleased to learn that you have decided not to shoot your rifle and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for choosing wisely.
 

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The wood for those stocks doesn't exactly grow on trees.... oh.... wait... yes,it does.

But that doesn't mean you should shoot it and risk cracking that stock. That gun is rarely encountered in original finish, and with major matching parts (less mag).

There are some guns which should become collector items only. That is definitely one of those guns.
 

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Well I guess I won’t be shooting this SVT 40. I’ve got other Russian numbers matching rifles that I shoot on occasion but I get what everyone is saying. Sure you all aren’t just yanking my chain? If not then I’ll find a shooter and store this one back.
They are not yankin your chain... original stocked SVT's have a rep for cracking the stock and most are not matching like yours. As you know when they refurbed them they put them in AVT stocks due to that... a bit stouter stock...so most of us have forced matched AVT stocked SVT's.... I enjoy shooting mine on occasion but if the stock cracked I'd just source another AVT stock
 

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I guess there are more folks like me out there as I prefer non refurbished cars and firearms and will pay more for non refurbished and original condition stuff. I just didn’t realize the shortage of non refurbished original condition SVTs. Gotta luv these boards.
 

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Great thread. Super nice rifle. I shoot several collectables but that one would be on my do not shoot collectable. Refurbs are somewhat affordable so buy one to shoot. They are fun.

Almost forgot but I would pay a premium for a Finn PU. They captured very few PUs so simply supply and demand.
 

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Yes! What Ryan and Richard said. Please, please, please do not shot this rifle. If you break it, then you will ruin it's value. If you sold this rifle then you would have enough money to buy 2 refurb rifles to shoot all you want.
If this one equals two refurbs pricewise, than it might be worth around $6000 since refurb just sold at this price:


https://www.gunbroker.com/item/875357087
 

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Did not mean to hijack this thread, just noticed mine 1941 Tula is only a few hundred numbers off in the same prefix : LB . Also all matching, but the magazine, non-import.
Both rifles were probably manufactured within a week from each other.







Great looking sling you have there too!
 

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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 You say this svt40 View attachment 3703543 View attachment 3703545 View attachment 3703547 View attachment 3703549 View attachment 3703551 View attachment 3703553 View attachment 3703555 View attachment 3703557
You say this svt 40 is not import marked. Just for the heck of it, Look at the grooved reciever on the
right hand side. With a flashlight and a magnifying glass, look in the bottom of the groove , there
may be in very small letters the import marks. I bought a refurbed Izhevsk svt40 that was supposed
to be non import marked. But after cleaning and inspecting I found the import marks in the bottom
of the groove cut for a scope. Mine is not a sniper because of no notch in the top of reciever.
Hopefully you won't find any import marks. The mark if there will be very tiny.
 

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This thread is making me want an SVT again. Man I loved those dang rifles when I had them. One of my favorites.
 

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This thread is making me want an SVT again. Man I loved those dang rifles when I had them. One of my favorites.
I never understood why you sold your collection. And how you just walked away. :confused:

That’s not a criticism by the way. I recall how you suddenly appeared as a brand new collector, went on a buying frenzy, and then gave it up. I have know several people who have done the same exact thing. They jumped into the game with an almost manic intensity and then, for whatever reason, burned out and disappeared.

Once again, I am not faulting you for your actions I just can’t relate to what must have been an emotional roller coaster.
 

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This thread is making me want an SVT again. Man I loved those dang rifles when I had them. One of my favorites.
I never understood why you sold your collection. And how you just walked away. <img src="http://forums.gunboards.com/images/smilies/question.gif" border="0" alt="" title="question" class="inlineimg" />

That’s not a criticism by the way. I recall how you suddenly appeared as a brand new collector, went on a buying frenzy, and then gave it up. I have know several people who have done the same exact thing. They jumped into the game with an almost manic intensity and then, for whatever reason, burned out and disappeared.

Once again, I am not faulting you for your actions I just can’t relate to what must have been an emotional roller coaster.
I didn’t want to sell my collection. I went through a nasty, horrible divorce. It was devastating in all regards. I will never again have pieces like the ones I let go of... that collection was one of a kind. It broke my heart to lose it and my heart has been broken enough as it is. Dabbling in this world after all that was just too painful a reminder of the guns, the marriage, the loss, the waste of time...

Like a good friend told me, sometimes you have to let it all go... burn down the house and just rebuild from ashes... I’m just now done burning and planning how to rebuild anew...but I don’t know if I can ever linger too long in collecting without it just being really bittersweet and miserable in too many ways. I’ll always want what I already had... and those guns are never coming back to me.

RIP
 
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