Re: SVT ? Tell me about them
They were only produced 41-45, issued to NCOs and designated snipers. They were great prize weapons when captured by the Germans. What few survived got passed out as aid to VietNam, Syria, Iraq, Cuba and other places that Ivan wanted to equip, but not with the up to date AKs and Dragunovs. Few have been imported to the US. I suspect that they are ineligible for import now.
The ones I have seen recently run from $600 to about $800 just the rifle. Original magazines run $125 and up, Bayonets $300-$400 depending on whether the bayonet is edge up or edge down. A complete setup, rifle, sling, magazine, bayonet, tool and cleaning kit will bring $1200 easily, toss in an original scope and mount (41 and 42 production only) You can get to the $1600 level easily.
They are fun to shoot, and when you have the gas valve properly adjusted for your ammo and keep it clean, they are very reliable, and fairly accurate. Most have low budget hardwood stocks, and aren't very pretty, but as is typical of Russian arms, they are almost soldier-proof. (the muzzle brake makes them very noisy too, they get everybody's attention when you go to the range)
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