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Old 01-26-2008, 8:56 AM
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Default SVT-40 Production numbers?

I have a 1941 Izhevsk SVT-40 and was curious about approximate production at that arsenal. My understanding is that Izhevsk changed over their tooling in 1942 to begin making the Mosin Nagants again? I was lucky to get a decent price on it sight unseen, and surprisingly it has a GREAT bore! They're beautiful rifles in my opinion.
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Old 01-27-2008, 2:30 PM
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No idea on the individual arsenal production numbers, but I've read about 1.5 million were made in total. Mine is a 1941 Tula in good condition as well. They are beautiful but I've had my share of problems; picky gas system, trigger group falling out during firing (that was fun!), and most recently a case being torn in half and stuck inside the chamber. Besides that, they are awesom!
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I recently found a forum that was compiling a database of import numbers for SVT's..........the bad thing is...now I can't find it again! lol. According to the information posted there, they had some sort of information that permission was sought to import as many as 25,000 SVT's from Russia. They were taking the import serial numbers and listing them on the forum to try and get a rough idea of exactly how many were imported. The range ran from T00001 to somewhere in the T19000 range, so it appears they didn't import all 25K. Those 19K + the roughly 7,500 thought to be imported as finnish captures makes 26,500+ imports. Mine is somewhere in the T04500 range and other than an arsenal repair to the AVT stock heel, is in fantastic shape with a like new bore.

maybe someone that knows will have an answer for this question though.....

I have a 5 digit russian serial number, 3P1XX........its the first time I've seen a letter in the serial number on a rearsenaled russian weapon. (granted I've not seen alot) Was this common, and why was it used as opposed to another number? Thanks.
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its funny you guys are talking about the svt. i just recently discovered how nice they are and thinking about getting one.
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I really enjoy shooting mine. Its a real tack-driver, but after shooting Enfields for years, any semi-auto rifle is a relief on the old shoulder.

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Gazz, I spent some time with 4 Para in 2001. Had a few beers and made a jump into Arnhem with 23 SAS and 2 & 3 Para as well. What years were you with the Parachute Regiment?
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