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The Red Army's Self Loading Rifles

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  The SVT-38 kit open. It contained the combo tool, gas punch, sight tool, patch jag, knurled jag, as well as a brush and oiler.

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The 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.

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SVT cleaning kits closed

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SVT Tools


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SVT-38 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 type.

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SVT-40 leather magazine pouch. Note the divider to

seperate the magazines and the interior strap to secure them in the pouch.


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Closed pouches


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SVT38 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.


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SVT38 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. 


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These 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.


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This 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.


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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 raw


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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.



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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.


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SVT blank firing device from a SVT40

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Another blank firing device

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SVT38 blank firing device


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Svt38-40's From All Production Years


German target for sighting in captured SVT rifles.

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