This is a model 1938 SVT semi-automatic rifle that was produced by the Tula arsenal in 1939 that has been arsenal converted into a sniper rifle which is fitted with a straddle type top mount with a 1941 dated PU (Progress) sniper scope. The Tokarev rifles were manufactured throughout WWII by both the Tula and Ishevsk arsenals. These earlier models saw limited success as they had a tendency to jam which was corrected in the 1940 SVT models. The top of the receiver has Tula arsenal "star" proof over "1939". It has the standard military hooded front sight and a tangent rear sight graduated 1-15 (100-1500 meters). The left side of the receiver is stamped with the original Cyrillic prefix serial number "SD596" It is fitted with the standard Russian hardwood stock, ventilated handguard, and correct short perforated metal forend typically used on the 1938 models. The end of the barrel is fitted with six slotted muzzle brake and the stock has the side mounted cleaning rod. The right side of the stock is dated "1939" and the left is stamped with the matching serial number. The trigger guard, bolt, and magazine are non-matching. The rear of the rifle receiver was modified to accept a WWII Soviet sniper scope mount, which is now fitted with a short WWII PU type sniper scope. The rear of the mount is stamped with the small markings of "NI391". The scope itself is marked on top with the "Russian Hammer and Sickle/1941/No.28242". Includes bayonet, sheath, and correct period SVT-38 canvas web sling.
Fine with 60% original blue finish remaining, areas of high point and edge wear throughout, dented front sight hood, scattered nicks and scratches overall, and areas of mixed gray/brown patina. The repaired and re-oiled stock is fine with a 2 inch area of filler visible on the right side, legible but faint stamps, small dings overall, and some visible larger dents and bruises. Mechanically excellent. Scope is fine with clear optics.
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