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June '41 Podolsk SVT40

RyanE

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I feel kinda bad that I ended up with this. It was listed as having a "divot on the rear top receiver", and I told a more than a few people who asked that the "divot" almost certainly meant a fake sniper notch. A day before the auction, I found out that wasn't the case, it was just a metal defect in the top cover. I felt a little guilty, but not that guilty.

High condition for an original SVT, with almost all of its lacquer finish intact, and a tough to find Podolsk (Factory No.460) which had the smallest production total of the three makers. From the '3' SN prefix, we know it was made in June 1941 which is neat. Trending these is very difficult as very few original examples have survived and some changes were implemented more slowly than others, but I generally categorize this as a second variation Podolsk 1941, by far the most common type seen.

Only negatives on this one are some light idiot damage around the cross bolt, a buffed mag, and a piece of the original cleaning rod appears to have broken off deep within the stock. I don't think its ever coming out.
 

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Really nice Ryan. Non refurbished svt’s are so tough to find. IMHO these war time originals are so much better than any other flavor of svt40’s
 
Always nice to find an original Tokarev SVT40.

Maybe it’s just my observation but despite their lower production numbers I seem to see more factory original Podolsk made SVT40s than original Izhevsk made ones.
 
Maybe it’s just my observation but despite their lower production numbers I seem to see more factory original Podolsk made SVT40s than original Izhevsk made ones.

No, you are absolutely correct. You almost never see original matching Factory No.74 rifles for some reason, either 1940 or 1941. They probably produced around three times what Podolsk managed, but just try to find a decent one. The SVT38s are even worse! I think I have only ever seen a handful of matching No.74 SVT40s and maybe 1 matching SVT38?
 

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