SVT ON-LINE GUIDE
"The Red Army's
Self Loading Rifles"
Vic Thomas and
Mosin-Nagant Dot Net
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Disassembly Procedure For The
1) Remove the cleaning
rod by depressing the cleaning rod catch (1) located
above the bayonet lug. Draw the rod out towards the
the magazine by flipping the magazine release up
and depressing it towards the magazine.
3) While holding
the magazine release in (1), remove the magazine
by pulling it downward and forward (2) by tilting
the magazine as shown.
4) Move the trigger
pack release window to the 9:00 oclock position
as shown (1). Depress the circular ring (2)
inside with a screwdriver or punch. The trigger pack
assembly will now pop free.
5) Remove the trigger
pack assembly by pulling it down and forward as indicated.
The anterior portion is retained by two lugs. These
are disengaged by sliding the unit towards the magazine
6) Slide the
action cover forward towards the rear sight.
7) While sliding
the cover forward with one hand (1) continue to slide
it until the retaining rails are free of the corresponding
grooves in the receiver. Place your thumb on the
recoil/operating spring retainer at the rear of the
cover (2) , and gently slide it downward to free
it from its recess in the cover.
the action cover by moving it up and forward.
allow the recoil springs to return to the rear of
the receiver and rest on the rear receiver wall
10) Grasp the
springs as pictured just behind the bolt carrier and
just in front of the spring retainer (1) and compress
them to create some room. Allow the springs to gently push themselves
out of the bolt carrier (2) while guiding them up and
to the right of the rear receiver bridge
11) Remove the
springs when the tension is released.
12) Remove the
bolt carrier by drawing it to the rear
13) When the
bolt carrier reaches the removal recess cut into the
right side of the receiver guide rails, it can be pulled
up and to the right in a twisting motion to free it
from the receiver. The recess can be seen prior to
removal of the bolt carrier by looking down into the
14) Remove the
bolt by pulling it to the rear and up slightly (1)
to disengage its seating lugs from the bolt carrier.
Slide it forward (2) towards the carrier handle to
remove it from the assembly. Further disassembly of
the firing pin can be done by slightly compressing
the pin slightly at the rear of the bolt and drifting
the retaining pin out. This will free the firing pin
and its spring.
15) Remove the
forward barrel band by depressing the retaining spring
with your thumb (1) while pushing the band towards
the muzzle (2)
16) Remove the
top heat shield by pulling it up (1) and upon clearing
the handguard, the rear (2) to release it from its
forward guides. Upon reassembly be sure that the tabs
on the heat shield that retain the anterior portion
are seated under the guide ribs of the lower heat shield.
17) Remove the
wooden handguard by sliding forward to clear the rear
18) Remove the
operating rod by holding the gas cup in place (1) and
pushing the rod to the rear (2). When it is free of
the cup it can be moved slightly to one side and let
forward under its spring tension to be removed.
19) Remove the
gas cup by sliding it off the piston
the gas piston by unscrewing it to the left with either
the SVT combination tool or a small set of adjustable
wrenches. Upon reassembly the piston should not be
over tightened. It should be just snug enough to allow
the gas regulator to be turned with some resistance.
21) Remove the
22) The gas regulator
can now be removed by pushing it back through its
housing. Clean this and the surrounding area thoroughly
before reinstallation to provide an accurate gas adjustment
capability. The normal or average setting
should be 1.5. This of course can be adjusted depending
on weather and the type of ammunition used. Set the
regulator at the lowest possible setting that allows
normal function of the rifle.
23) To remove
the action from the stock removal of the cross bolt
is necessary. The front sight tool is recommended for
this job, and the combo tool can be used as well.
the action from the stock by lifting it up from the
rear and forward.
25) To separate
the front of the barrel from the lower heat shield,
tilt the barrel slightly as shown (1), and slide it
forward (2) until the tab disengages its recess
at the rear of the muzzle extension.
26) Remove the
lower heat shield by sliding forward and off the stock
rifle in a standard field strip for maintenance or