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 Tokarev SVT-40 Production numbers?
70below  [Team Member]
1/26/2008 10:14:24 PM
I finally got an SVT-40, I've been wanting one for awhile now, and so far am not a bit disappointed in it. Its a 1941 Izhevsk, is in great shape, and has a barrel that is shiny with strong rifling and no pitting. The gas system is also clean. It does have an AVT stock with a arsenal repair to the heel of the buttstock, but otherwise looks new. My understanding is that Izhevsk stopped producting the SVT's in 1942 and began making Mosin Nagants again, so that peaked my curiousity how many SVT's were actually made at Izhevsk....I've not found any good production numbers online.....does anyone know approximate production or knows a site that has the numbers? Thanks!

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TheDarkBleeding  [Member]
1/27/2008 12:08:57 AM
I've heard somewhere around 15,000 but don't quote me on that.
SD307  [Member]
1/27/2008 10:35:36 AM
SVT 40s were made at Tula and Ishevk arsenal in 1941 & 1942 production stopped because the rifle was seen as to fragile for general combat use by the USSR. Dispite the fact the Germnas were using every captured one they could find.

The main use of the SVT 40 was around Moscow in 42 where it was issued to the "elite" troops in defence of the capital.

I have heard anywhere from 15,000-20,000 units made, how many are in the US is unknown to me.

However there are no record of sales to other warsaw pact partners, this is important as in the 1950s Syria purchased nearly 20,000 STG-44's from Russia, and the SKS, PPSH-41 and the AK are the primary exports. It appears that most of the SVT40's made have made it to the US as they are pretty common in this country.
TheDarkBleeding  [Member]
1/27/2008 12:54:58 PM
Not as common as I'd like them to be!

I wish that Russia would toss out all those pesky old G43 rifles. I mean, they don't really need those silly old archaic pieces of German junk. They should just, let us dispose of them for a small fee.


70below  [Team Member]
1/27/2008 9:35:02 PM

Originally Posted By TheDarkBleeding:
I've heard somewhere around 15,000 but don't quote me on that.



HA! I'm quoting you on that.....

No seriously though, I'm relatively certain there are far more than that, supposedly somewhere around 15,000 Finnish captured rifles are in the US, so there are certainly far more than that overall. I wish I could say mine was that rare. But that wouldn't account for all the German captures, those that were destroyed, and those that were rearsenaled, stored and imported at a later date. I've heard anywhere from 60K to 80K a year production from each arsenal when they were ramped up.....So I would guess that meant about 500k or 600k total production? Everything I've seen doesn't really seem to have any basis, so I don't know where the numbers came from.....and if they are more than educated (or uneducated) guesses.
Ameshawki  [Member]
1/27/2008 11:32:54 PM
If memory serves, there was an article in "Shotgun News" a year or two ago that implied SVT 40 production was much hgher than originally thought. Over a million, approaching Garand like numbers.
lew  [Member]
1/28/2008 12:37:06 PM

Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
If memory serves, there was an article in "Shotgun News" a year or two ago that implied SVT 40 production was much hgher than originally thought. Over a million, approaching Garand like numbers.


I've read over 2 million from a few different sources. Considering the huge number of Soviet weapons made during the war, it's still a small percentage.

It was seen as too complicated for the average Soviet soldier, so it was only issued to NCO's. Of course, I wouldn't put that much faith in the average Soviet soldier, either.

Russia is still holding on to a bunch of them.
70below  [Team Member]
1/28/2008 8:25:32 PM
Well, part of me wishes they'd open the floodgate and let those things in here....but I'd hate to see prices drop and stay too far below what I paid. But I guess times would be good if I could pick up a couple more at $250-$350
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