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Old October 31st, 2018, 11:38 PM #1
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Finnish Captured and Reworked 1941 Tula SVT-40

This 1941 Tula production SVT-40 is actually a unique Finnish remanufactured example. This variety is distinguished by the tiny “L” in the circle marking on the receiver bridge flat (near the Tula star) that stands for Leonard Lindelφf's Metal Works. Similar examples will also exhibit crossed out serial numbers with a new Finnish serial number (lacking a prefix) substituted above. This weapon lacks the notch on the receiver bridge that would otherwise distinguish it as a sniper rifle. Finnish troops captured over 3,000 SVT-38 (the predecessor to the SVT-40) rifles during the Winter War in 1939-1940. An additional 17,000 SVT-38 and SVT-40 (predominately the latter) rifles were captured during the opening stages of Continuation War.

These rifles were very popular among Finnish troops (hundreds were estimated as being taken home as unauthorized war souvenirs), which often put captured Tokarev rifles into action against their former owners immediately. Sniper versions of both Tokarev rifles were very rare finds among weaponry captured by the Finns. However, shortage of spare-parts was constant problem with these rifles. By the end of Continuation War over 14,000 of them had been handed over by the troops that had captured them for repairs and were subsequently warehoused. Most of these were warehoused because of worn out barrels and/or other broken parts and awaited repairs, which were never done. In 1958 the remaining Tokarev rifles were declared obsolete and sold abroad by Interarms around 1959 - 1961. Many of these came to the United States and will lack import marks due to coming into the country before the 1968 Gun Control Act
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I've posted more this evening than almost ever- though usually quiet, can't help but compliment you on this SVT. The stock is beautiful and condition appears darned good for weapon through what it has been. To say the least. Thanks for the info, I love learning from folks here.
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Very nice! That's one Finn capture I'd embrace (so to speak).
Thanks for the info too, usually when I see crossed out S/N it's a real turn off (think VOPO force-match etc) but in this case it's a plus.

I waited too long for the SVT-40, prices have gone up considerably lately.
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Oh yeah, that's the real deal. Probably the nicest piece of furniture I've seen on any SVT-38 or 40. Years ago I got to slobber over Zeebill's SVT-38 and would probably do the same given the opportunity to this one. So very nice, thanks for sharing!
I got one of the plain Jane Russian refurbs many years ago. Probably the only time I saw supplies drying up and acted instead of sitting on my hands. That $300 purchase is probably worth 3x that today. I don't track Finn SVT-40 values but I'm confident that airbornetrooper's would fetch 5x that at least, probably considerably more. I figure I see a 10-1 ratio of Russian import vs Finn capture in SVT-40s.
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Nice wood! ;-) Here is mine, some old pics from awhile ago. Wood on mine is crappy.
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OP , that is a great looking rifle .
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Thanks all for the replies and comments.

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Oh yeah, that's the real deal. Probably the nicest piece of furniture I've seen on any SVT-38 or 40. Years ago I got to slobber over Zeebill's SVT-38 and would probably do the same given the opportunity to this one. So very nice, thanks for sharing!
I got one of the plain Jane Russian refurbs many years ago. Probably the only time I saw supplies drying up and acted instead of sitting on my hands. That $300 purchase is probably worth 3x that today. I don't track Finn SVT-40 values but I'm confident that airbornetrooper's would fetch 5x that at least, probably considerably more. I figure I see a 10-1 ratio of Russian import vs Finn capture in SVT-40s.
Zeebill and I are good friends as well. I have never had the chance to see his collection in person, but I hope to get the chance before I PCS from Virginia next year. You did well picking one up that price. I can tell you that $900 for an SVT would be a good deal today, $1200 seems to be more of the going rate. Surprisingly the Finnish marked guns fetch only a slight premium over their Soviet refurbished counterparts

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Nice wood! ;-) Here is mine, some old pics from awhile ago. Wood on mine is crappy.
That is too cool! You also have a Lindholf marked rifle. Not too different than mine, very similar characteristics (crossed out serial and new addition, L mark on receiver flat).
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also have an SA marked mag
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Zeebill and I happened to be in York for the one and only time that the Small Arms Review Show East happened to be held there. He was helping man the tables of friends and had just picked up the SVT-38 that weekend. Only the second example I had seen in the flesh. A decent show but poorly attended by the public. I got lots of swag there, including the Century Arms soft case you see me carry about at auctions and gunshows.

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Zeebill and I are good friends as well. I have never had the chance to see his collection in person, but I hope to get the chance before I PCS from Virginia next year. You did well picking one up that price. I can tell you that $900 for an SVT would be a good deal today, $1200 seems to be more of the going rate. Surprisingly the Finnish marked guns fetch only a slight premium over their Soviet refurbished counterparts



That is too cool! You also have a Lindholf marked rifle. Not too different than mine, very similar characteristics (crossed out serial and new addition, L mark on receiver flat).
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