The Samozaryadnaya Vintovka Tokareva (SVT-40) was designed by
Soviet Arms Designer Fedor Tokarev. It was manufactured between 1940 and 1945.
The SVT-40 is an improved and simplified rifle design over the SVT-38.
During WWII SVT-40 rifles were highly prized captures by both
German and Finnish troops. I have seen many pictures in books of
German troops on the eastern front carrying the SVT-40 (or
the German nomenclature of SIG.259r).
There were many reasons for this fact:
- captured ammo was abundant,
- the SVT-40 rifles were very accurate,
- very reliable in properly trained hands,
- and provided a higher rate of fire than the German Kar 98k rifle.
Many SVT rifles were sent back to Germany for further study
and contributed to the development of Germany's semi-automatic
Ironically the SVT-40 in Soviet hands did not meet
with as high success. This is attributed to the lack of training
and complexity of
functionality in comparison to the typical Mosin-Nagant bolt
action rifle or carbine.
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