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I don't know if anyone is familiar with them,

But I was looking for a nice rifle, and I was planning on an SKS considering I don't have one yet in the collection, but I then ran across a youtube video of a guy with an SVT 40. From what I've been reading on them, and from the video's I've seen, they look really nice, and it seems like a cross between a Mosin and an SKS. Does anyone on here own one, and if so, are they NY compliant?
 

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A friend of mine purchased one at a show upstate, so I can only assume it is NY legal. Despite its age, his does not have a flash hider or bayo lug. I'm unsure if it was removed to make NY happy.
 

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I looked into those as well, and while I do not own one I can tell you that they are NYS complaint, they have 10 round detachable box magazines, and they fire the 7.62x54R round, same as the Mosin Nagant does, and yes they look - and are put together - very similar to the SKS.

They are also rare, with prices going continually up on them, right now on all of GunBroker there is only one for sale, at 2500 dollars:

Kovrov SVT40 SVT-40 Russian Semi Auto Rifle : Curios & Relics at GunBroker.com

I have seen them going from 1000-1500 on there but not right now.

The magazines alone go for anywhere between 150-200 dollars depending on condition and should anything break on them you will most likely need almost a custom job done to get the part fixed or replaced. Overall a very cool rifle, but I would have to say unless you are going to spend at LEAST a few grand on it, go with an SKS, I think you will have alot more fun with a rifle you can easily fix and replace rather then carrying around a very expensive piece of history, after spending that much on a good one you may find you are scared to even shoot it for fear of a malfunction lol.

Just my opinions, but I think if you want something unique in the SKS type platform look for a sporter Norinco, the SKS-M or SKS-D can take standard AK47 magazines and they aren't as common as your regular SKS, but they aren't thousands of dollars with very limited replacement parts either.
 

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I have one, haven't shot it, but it's in used shape. Since they're all very much pre-'94, bayo lugs, threaded barrels, and flash hiders are fine with them.

It's similar to an SKS in the fact that it has a short stroke gas system, but unlike the SKS it has a fixed piston, the gas chamber is on the operating rod.

If you're interested in one that could use a new stock and a magazine, we could probably work something out.
 

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I have one, haven't shot it, but it's in used shape. Since they're all very much pre-'94, bayo lugs, threaded barrels, and flash hiders are fine with them.

It's similar to an SKS in the fact that it has a short stroke gas system, but unlike the SKS it has a fixed piston, the gas chamber is on the operating rod.

If you're interested in one that could use a new stock and a magazine, we could probably work something out.
Fixed piston like an AK? That is pretty cool. Very cool that you have one. If he buys it this has got to be a record time for an SVT40 quest, lol.
 

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Fixed piston more like how I believe a Dragunov operates. The piston is mounted on the barrel, the end of the operating rod has a cylinder on the end which slides over the piston.
Wow that's pretty awesome! I didn't know of such a cycling system until just now. I love google images, lol, you can find anything to describe exactly what you mean.
 

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The SVT is the "soviet Garand" - WW2 vintage rifles. I owned one for a decade or so. The design is somewhat similar to the SKS but teh SKS is MUCH MUCH more reliable. The SVT38 and SVT40 use the full power 7.62x54R cartridge. The SKS uses the medium 7.62x39.
 

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I possibly might be interested :) Good to hear that they are compliant. This is bad... I just purchased a Mossberg 500 Persuader/Cruiser, and i'm already planning on another one :cool: After an SVT I might just end up single.... Now to come up with a reason to give her.. Anybody have any suggestions? :p

I have one, haven't shot it, but it's in used shape. Since they're all very much pre-'94, bayo lugs, threaded barrels, and flash hiders are fine with them.

It's similar to an SKS in the fact that it has a short stroke gas system, but unlike the SKS it has a fixed piston, the gas chamber is on the operating rod.

If you're interested in one that could use a new stock and a magazine, we could probably work something out.
 

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Well, given that they're not making them anymore, they're only going to appreciate in value. It's an investment in precious metals. ;)
 

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I possibly might be interested :) Good to hear that they are compliant. This is bad... I just purchased a Mossberg 500 Persuader/Cruiser, and i'm already planning on another one :cool: After an SVT I might just end up single.... Now to come up with a reason to give her.. Anybody have any suggestions? :p
Maybe find someone who doesn't need lengthy explanations about every firearm purchase? lol jk

I guess I must be lucky around here, my girlfriend could care less how many firearms I buy, as long as I can treat her to dinner and a movie now and then shes happy. She also stole my 20 gauge and claims it's hers, until it needs to be cleaned anyway, haha.
 
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