The SVT-40 (Russian: Самозарядная винтовка Токарева, образец 1940 года, lit. "Tokarev self-loading rifle, model of 1940") is a Soviet semi-automatic battle rifle introduced in 1940, replacing its predecessor, the SVT-38. It was intended as a replacement for the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 as the Soviet Union's service rifle, but production numbers fell sharply in 1941 and 1942, and only small quantities were produced in 1943 - 1945, with later releases immediately going to the reserve. Production of the SVT-40 ceased in 1945, and it was withdrawn from service shortly after the end of the war.
From 1942 - 1944, the select-fire AVT-40 variant was also produced. The AKT and SKT carbine versions were also produced in small quantities from 1940 - 1943. The former was select-fire, and interestingly preceded the full-size AVT.
The SVT/AVT was also the only Soviet rifle with a detachable magazine that was typically used with a single magazine in the field (a trait ubiquitously and falsely attributed to the Fedorov Avtomat). Originally, the rifles were issued with three magazines, but magazines could be easily lost in battle, and suffered from a some lack of interchangeability from various rifles, so it was easier to equip each rifle with one well-fitted magazine, and reload them with stripper clips, despite attempts to issue more magazines (the Gewehr 43 also suffered from such issues).
There were also 15-round magazines for the SVT; these are very rare today, as their production was discontinued in 1942 due to their complexity (since wartime production couldn't maintain the level of quality required for their production), and are most likely to be found at the sites of former battles. A 20-round drum was also tested, but it was considered unreliable and quickly discontinued.
(1940 - 1945)
- Type: Battle Rifle
- Caliber: 7.62x54mmR
- Weight: 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg)
- Length: 48.3 in (122.6 cm)
- Barrel length: 24.6 in (62.5 cm)
- Capacity: 10-round detachable box magazine (may be loaded with 5-round stripper clips); rare 15-round magazines are existed. There was also an experimental 20-round drum, and 20- and 25-round box magazines.
- Fire Modes: Semi-Auto, Semi-Auto/Full-Auto (AVT-40)
The Tokarev SVT-40 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Omega Option (Variant "Omega")||Soviet sailors and soldiers||Seen in documentary footage||1975|
|Born by Revolution: On the Night of the 20th (Rozhdyonnaya revolyutsiey: V noch na 20-e)||Soviet soldiers||Seen in documentary footage||1976|
|Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 1||Soviet soldiers||Seen in documentary footage; Ep.9||1979|
|MacGyver (1985 TV Series)||Afghan Man||"To Be a Man" (S1E17) / changes back and forth between a Lee-Enfield No.4 due to bad continuity||1986|
|Liquidation (Likvidatsiya)||Soviet sailors||With PU scope||2007|
|Snipers. Love Under the Gun (Snaypery. Lyubov pod pritselom)||Soviet soldiers||2013|
|Ash (Pepel)||Aleksandr Makovskiy||"Pepel"'s henchman||2013|
|Bitch War (Suchya voyna)||A German soldier||2014|
|The Interpreter (Perevodchik)||German soldiers||2014|
|Covert Affairs - Season 5||Mocked-Up as Fedorov Avtomat||2014|
|The Flash - Season 1||with PU scope; Seen in gunshop; "The Fastest Man Alive"(S1E08)||2014-2015|
|Hunting the Devil (Okhota na dyavola)||NKVD personnel||Early and late versions||2017|
|One Warrior in the Field (Odin v pole voin)||German soldiers||2018|
|Black Pea Coats (Chyornye bushlaty)||Ivan Lapin||Kesha||2018|
|Timur Savin||Starshina Gusko|
|Aleksandra Tyuftey||Masha Belaya||With sniper scope|
|Translation from German (Perevod s nemetskogo)||A State Security operative||2020|
|The Black Sea (Chyornoye more)||Soviet soldiers and sailors||2020|
|The Saboteur 3: Crimea (Diversant. Krym)||Soviet sailors and German soldiers and Hilfspolizei.||2020|
|Dzhulbars||Soviet Border Guards and German soldiers||2020|
|Game Title||Appears as||Mods||Notation||Release Date|
|Forgotten Hope||With and without sniper scope||2003|
|Call of Duty: United Offensive||2004|
|Call of Duty 2||2005|
|The Stalin Subway||SVT-38||2005|
|Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45||SVT-40 Semi Auto Rifle||w/o bayonet and PU scope||2006|
|Forgotten Hope 2||SVT-40 (can appear with a PU scope) and AVT-40. Both can be fitted with a bayonet||2007|
|Death to Spies||Tokarev SVT-40||2007|
|Tokarev SVT-40 with PU scope|
|Call of Duty: World at War||2008|
|1968 Tunnel Rats (VG)||2009|
|Death to Spies: Moment of Truth||Tokarev SVT-40 with PU||2009|
|Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad||SVT-40 and full-auto AVT-40||2011|
|Sniper Elite V2||SVT-40||Scoped||Only with pre-order||2012|
|State of Decay||"SVT-40"||added in Lifeline DLC (2014)||2013|
|Company of Heroes 2||2013|
|Enemy Front||SVT-40 SCOPED||Scoped||2014|
|World of Guns: Gun Disassembly||SVT-40||PU scope and bayonet||2014|
|Sniper Elite III||Scoped||2014|
|Mafia III||with PU||2016|
|Heroes & Generals||with and without PU scope||2016|
|Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades||Optional PU scope||2016|
|Call of Duty: WWII||"SVT-40"||2017|
|Call of Duty: Vanguard||"SVT-40"||2021|
|Tokarev SVT-40 with PU scope|
|Love, Death & Robots - Season 1||Uncredited Actor||Maxim||"Secret War" (S1E18)||2019|
The AKT-40 is a fully-automatic carbine version of the SVT-40.
The AVT-40 is a Soviet automatic rifle developed from the SVT-40, identifiable by the slightly shorter, stouter stock marked with an "A", along with a modified safety lever that acts as a fire selector. It was developed due to a shortage of machine guns and was first issued to troops in July 1942. In combat conditions, the AVT-40 proved nearly uncontrollable in fully-automatic fire mode (with a rate of fire of approximately 750 RPM in full-automatic, the AVT-40 has a higher rate of fire than the significantly heavier DP-27 machine gun) and suffered from frequent malfunctions due to the stress of fully-automatic fire. Testing indicated that constant automatic fire would completely wear out the rifling of the barrel in as little as 200 rounds.
Production of the rifle ceased by 1943, and soldiers who were issued AVT-40s in the field were ordered to use them in semi-auto mode only.
|Forgotten Hope 2||2007|
The SKT-40 is a semi-automatic variant of a fully-automatic carbine AKT-40, version of the SVT-40.
|Tokarev SKT-40 with PU scope|