Red Army's Self Loading Rifles
The SVT-38 kit open. It contained the combo tool, gas punch,
sight tool, patch jag, knurled jag, as well as a brush and
SVT-40 cleaning/tool kit both open. It contained the combo
tool ( much thinner ), the gas port punch, the sight tool,
knurled jag, and brush. In addition it also carried a cleaning
rod collar and rod to act as a T handle when inserted thru
the collar and rod holes. The oiler is Ishevsk marked.
cleaning kits closed
and 40 magazines. SVT-38 on the left and SVT-40 on the right.
Notice the difference in the floorplates. The 38 is a cup
leather magazine pouch. Note the divider to
the magazines and the interior strap to secure them in the
pouches dated 1940. The pouch is made of a pigskin and has
the capability to be hung from the load bearing equipment
straps as the D ring on the rear indicates. Note the thin
interior divider inside the open pouch. A definite
departure from later styles.
magazine pouch with the magazines installed. Of interest
is the lack of a interior cross strap to secure the
magazines. Only the flap of the lid is secured. The interior
leather divider is present though, but very thin.
are 4 early styles of SVT rifle magazine pouches. The bottom
right being a SVT 38 pouch. All are uniquely different from
closure methods to the type of grommet used. The upper left
is a leatherette type material with a leather lid. All but
the SVT 38 in the lower right corner are 1941 dated.
is a really unique magazine pouch for the Tokarev
rifle. Dated 1941 and made of pigskin. It's
construction is completely different from any
I have encountered. It utilizes metal staples
to retain the belt loops and has no interior retaining
strap. It does have two separate closure holes
in the lid strap though to secure the lid
if only one magazine and or no ammo is loaded,
to prevent the contents from flopping around.
The rear of the pouch on the interior has a thin
divider that folds flat against the rear of the
pouch. When this flap is brought forward it divides
the pouch into two separate sections for 4 clips
of ammunition or 20 rds loaded on stripper clips.
A central divider separates the clipped ammunition
from the forward section that accommodates the
single magazine. The rear divider can be folded
against the rear wall of the pouch and two rifle
clips can also be used with the pouch as is found
on other Tokarev pouches.
These are SVT 40
slings of various styles. The full picture of the slings
at top show three different SVT 40 slings and on3 SVT 38
sling for comparison. From top to bottom they are: Early
first pattern leather sling,
SVT 38 canvas sling-note
it is about 2-3 inches longer than it's SVT 40 cousin. Third
is a later war tight weave canvas sling well constructed
and finally a winter white SVT 40 sling. The bottom photo
shows a close up of one end of the retaining straps, the
forward or muzzle ends. Here the added length of the SVT
38 sling is quite evident. Again it is the second from the
top. Early slings exhibit a blued or black painted buckle
while later slings have the buckles zinc coated or left
Here are three different substitute
Tokarev slings. These all use the thong ties of pigskin
to secure the rifle and are early to mid war 1942-1943.
The one on the far right uses the leather buckles to
secure the straps after they pass through the swivels.
The center sling is Naval blue. Note the difference in color
of the two Army issue slings. SVT slings tend to run most
commonly in these two colors when in canvas. Light khaki
and a darker olive drab green. White colored slings in the
substitute variety are also encountered.
Here are two different
sling tab ends that are from SVT40 slings of different types.
On the left a standard sling strap dated 1942 and on the
left a later unissued substitute sling type with a 1943
date ink stamped.
blank firing device from a SVT40
blank firing device
blank firing device
From All Production Years
target for sighting in captured SVT rifles.
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