>>28866408 If you dont set the gas system correctly for your ammo, it can damage itself through over-gassing, also the stock is weakest at the grip, which is why the reinforced AVT stocks can be desirable.
I have one and I have shot it quite a lot. SVT-40 is pretty decent rifle considering it is from World War 2 era. It is not as accurate as bolt-action rifles can be, but was more than accurate enough to military purposes from normal shooting distances. Mine does about fist-size group from 150m with my favorite ammo. The receiver is rather flimsy which combined with receiver & barrel combination being poorly attacked to rifle stock causes accuracy issues with the worst of which (& found in many rifles) first round of a magazine is always a "flyer".
Another thing is reliability - these rifles were still among the first mass-produced semi-auto rifles issued for military use and are notably more finicky than SKS or AK. Namely gas system must be adjusted for specific ammo - in other words one should find the smallest gas setting with which the rifle cycles reliably. Too much gas is bad for durability of the rifle while too little gas causes the rifle to re-chamber the used cartridge case, which gets stuck in chamber. Due to rather weak receiver only ammo with light (9.6-gram/148-grain) bullets should be used - which is also what the gas system was designed for. Due to fluted chamber ammo should also be with with steel cases. Hence ex-Warsaw Pact or Chinese surplus with light (148-gr) bullets is the ammo of choice.
However the rifle is structurally quite complicated. With surplus ammo this causes need to clean it very well each time after shooting - which can be rather time-consuming.
Magazines were serial-numbered to each rifle. All mags do not necessarily even fit to all rifles - much less work reliably in them. Now original mags are expensive and difficult to find while reproductions may work quite well - or not.
Shortly said SVT-40 is rather demanding but very fun to shoot. Getting it work reliably is a learning process. Special tools were made for this rifle to adjust gas system and disassembly/reassembly & adjusting sights.
>>28868930 The garand is overrated but it is still very good. MY SVT had some issues at first, but now its working perfectly. It is in nearly mint condition however. The gas piston and the barrel shows no sign of wear at all.
I think it has a bad rep because models on the american market are refurbs with badly fitting stocks and a lot of wear in critical areas. It is also very dependent on proper timing for proper extraction, the flutes in the chamber have to be clean for the gas to loosen the brass at the same time as it is ejected, if the gas pressure gets too low before the extraction is initialized then the bolt will stick.
All this combined with worn and mismatched models generally make for a bad reputation that does not really reflect upon a model in proper condition. However other rifles would not suffer so much from the same kind of abuse.
They're very interesting pieces of surplus, exceptionally light for what they are, and in my opinion their aesthetics are pure sex.
That being said, they do have a wide variety of problems. For one that light weight means a lot of the parts aren't as robust as they could be, magazines were designed around the specific rifle they were issued with and consider pretty much every refurb has a different magazine it's basically a gamble, they rust super easy so be very careful with corrosive ammo, and their accuracy is far from amazing.
Still, a nice rifle if you can get one for what they're really worth at $300, but at $1200 don't even bother unless you're buying a Finnish or German captured rifle.
>>28871005 Between $1000 and $2000, depending on things like condition, year, maker, import mark, Etc. A Russian refurb with a Century import mark from 1943 will be significantly less than a Kovorov Finn capture from 1940.
I love mine, got it for only 700 at a gunshow a few months ago, gas system was froze up and needed to be cleaned thru-out, after that it ran fine. Top cover had been drilled and tapped (seriously bubba why you cant bolt a scope onto a piece of sheet metal) but I cant a replacement for 15 dollars.
>>28871935 I used to buy them for friends as starter guns. Never fell in love with them. Not my thing especially with what they cost now. I have a modified one at my parents place. I ran out of room here
>>28873143 Understood. My observation on why they call the Carbine one. I'd love proper aftermarket tok and psl rifle 20 rounders but the market is bare. Before you ask yes...yes I have lahti mags for conversions but haven't and honestly won't spend the time
They're great rifles, the issue is they get unfavorably compared to SKSs, AKs, and Garands. They're a little finicky, but nowhere near as bad as some people make them out to be.
They're also not quite as fragile as some think they are. You're not some Finn beating it's previous owner to death with it; you're at the range.
Disassembly isn't much fun, but it's not bad as long as you're not a Russian peasant. Watch the recoil spring, pay attention to how the bolt carrier drops in and you're good.
The biggest things are setting the gas system properly, and cleaning it. If you use corrosive ammunition, and don't clean the gas cup within an hour after shooting, it WILL rust. The normal ones rust near instantly, so I'd recommend getting a stainless cup instead. The gas system is easy to set, it just requires a bit of attention. You want the minimum amount of gas....unless you're in a SHTF situation and picked an SVT for some reason, in which case, find the minimum and set it one higher.
Magazines are a huge pain too. Even originals often need fitting to your rifle. Minor fitting, but it's not plug and play.
Accuracy can be okay, but often inconsistent. From the factory SVT's are barely attached to their stocks and wobble all over the place when firing. It's pretty obvious why they like to string shots if you ever see a slow-motion video of one firing. Not horrible, but it's no K31
They are neat guns, the muzzle brake works very well which makes them pretty good to shoot... Cleaning is a pain though. I bought some non corrosive stuff but some is probably too heavy. I wonder if it will be ok with just cranking the gas down to 1...
>>28866397 Shot it at NuggetFest. I fucking love it. It's a soft shooter, not too heavy, and easy to quickly get a sight picture on for a full size battle rifle. Wish we could get them for Canuck prices.
Finns here. What I remember the one I have (refurbed 1941 Podolsk) cost about 450 euros few years back. They were imported to EU by a German importer who was also selling them for about 350 €. Captured SVT-40 rifles are hit pricier than the refurbed ones - maybe around 550 - 600 €. For comparison refurbed Mosin-Nagant m/91-30 rifles are around 200 - 250 euros.
BTW: Unlike claimed earlier Kovrov did not actually manufacture SVT-40 - the factory using the marking earlier though to Kovrov was in fact Podolsk. There was an excellent book written by Sergei Koldunov (in Russian) few years back, which unfortunately has been translated in English.
Not that guy, and I don't dispute what you are saying. I am an NJ resident too.
In your opinion, if you knew of somebody that had some things particularly banned in NJ, how would it be possible to transfer them? Just do it to a different state where the items in question aren't restricted? Everything was acquired before the bans, but now its an issue since years passed and relatives are involved.
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