View Full Version : SVT-40 - CA LEGAL?

07-26-2005, 9:10 AM
Hi all,

I have a question regarding a rifle which I would like to purchase from a buddy out of state- a Russian SVT-40.

Does this rifle fall into the evil "Assault Weapon" category, or can people in the PRK own this? Any guidance is appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your answers! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

50 Freak
07-26-2005, 10:23 AM
Yes they are legal, have seen a few for sale at the guns shows here.

07-26-2005, 11:01 AM
50 Freak is right, the muzzle device is a brake, not a flashhider and doesn't break any Cal laws, and the mags are fine too, they don't exceed 10 rds. This is one of the few remaining cool semi rifles we can have here, along with the G/K43, Hakim, AG42b, etc.

07-26-2005, 11:19 AM
If your free state buddy still has qualms about shipping it to you he can call Cali DOJ for confirmation. The bayonet lug isn't an issue, the bayonet lug ban was part of a earlier Cali DOJ ban of several rifles listed by name (AK, AR, HK, etc.. see 12776 at the link below), the SVT wasn't on the list of named rifles and wasn't part of any previous ban(s).

The SVT is judged by a later 2000 ban of general features added to the previous bans in section 12776.1
The evil features are:
12276.1. (a) Notwithstanding Section 12276, "assault weapon" shall also mean any of the following:
(1) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of the following:
(A) A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon.
(B) A thumbhole stock.
(C) A folding or telescoping stock.
(D) A grenade launcher or flare launcher.
(E) A flash suppressor.
(F) A forward pistol grip.
(2) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.
(3) A semiautomatic, centerfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches.

So an acceptable centerfire semiauto rifle in California can't have any of those additional features, and the SVT passes the test.


07-26-2005, 11:41 AM
Not only is the SVT legal, but if your buddy were here he could simply hand it you you with no DROS. It's over 50 years and, as posted above, does not contain a combination of features that constitute an assaut rifle.

http://www.gunboards.com is a great resource for C&R weapons, SVT included.

And MosinNagant.net has photos...


07-26-2005, 1:56 PM
50 Freak, pogo, Tony,

Thank you for your quick and informative responses! Living in this crazy, legislative -happy-state, it's good to have people who know what's going on!

Thanks again,


07-27-2005, 11:26 AM
damn! I remember when these where just a few dollars more than Russian SKS's http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Another gun I kick myself for not buying back then! Also, another gun that can't be shipped to the U.S. anymore even though there are hundreds of thousands over seas http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I just wish I could have a SVD. damn!
I wish I could have eveything!