Affirmative on the SVT 40.
I have only seen one in real life and that was at a gun show probably 15 years ago.
It was in very nice condition and I still wish I would have had the foresight to have bought it.
Absolutely bring it to the next match. I'm looking forward to seeing it.
"A gun is not a weapon Marge, it's a tool. Like a butcher knife, or a harpoon, ... or an alligator."
- Homer Simpson
I don't see it as a problem. It was used by the Russians in early WWII, and then by the Finns and Germans after capturing them from the Russians.
The rule is that they must have been adopted for use by any military prior to 1954. I think that would qualify the SVT40
I got this rifle for my wife, pretty good trade, don't you think?
Just want to confirm that a SVT40 is legal. It's in original condition so I believe it is but it does have a flash suppressor which was standard issue. Pic below. Don't expect it to hit a lot of 10s but it should be fun none the less.
While researching my own rifle I ran into a lot of interesting stuff. The history behind the 1903/1903A3/1903A4 is abundant and informative. These are in the literal sense “True War Horses”. Almost 45 years of service out done only by the M16. Service life of the Garand and M14 are miniscule compared to the above even though the M14 still sees service in “Special Warfare Groups”.
If only the military could get past the “spray and pray” syndrome these rifles would still be battle worthy!
Every day I wake up and find I’m surprised at the fact that I’m not surprised by government action, or lack thereof!
If the barrel is dated after 1955......I wouldn't think it legal.
Mr. Vern is correct that most have been rebarreled, arsenal rebarreled. I ain't sure who did yours but I'll bet a good gunsmith would do a bit more "precise" job in 2011 than a war effort "arsenal" job. I don't think it would fullfill the "spirit" of the match myself.
Now all that being said I ain't in charge! Don is, and he ain't said nothing yet. Don? Oh Don?
One thing is for certain you can come out and shoot in the match and have all the fun you just won't be included in the all important score "hall of fame". We have several outlaws shooting illegal guns and having fun and sharing good times they just ain't included in the all important and prestigous BASC "Rattle Battle Hall of Fame" it hasn't seemed to give them any nervous ticks or nothin'.
We are very inclusive and accomodating....heck, we even have one guy that shoots an Enfield............