Length: 48.27 in
Weight, unloaded: 8lb 9oz
Barrel: 24.02 in, 4 turns, right hand twist
Magazine: 10 round, detachable box
Muzzle Velocity: c.2756 fps
Ammo: Russian Light Ball M'08
Bullet, 148gr; charge, 48gr;
As pointed out throughout the small arms section, at the
conclusion of WWII, the Chinese and North Korean Communists inherited
large quantities of Japanese weapons from the Soviets, who had taken
them in Manchuria/Korea. North Korea began its assault on the South
largely armed with these Japanese
weapons, supplemented substantially by Soviet weapons like the PPSh
M-1941 7.62mm submachine gun (burp gun), and
semi-automatic rifles like the Tokarev SVT40 shown here.
The Tokarev-designed weapons relied on gas operation with a locking
block cammed downwards at the rear into a recess in the receiver floor.
The SVT38 was the first of the Tokarev automatic rifles, replacing the
Simonov AVS, probably as being more simple, but it was itself fragile.
A more robust version, the SVT40 shown here, was characterized by the
removal of the earlier rifle's externally mounted cleaning rod, which
was mounted instead, as per convention, beneath the barrel. There was
only a single barrel band, beyond which a sheet metal handguard
extended forward. On the SVT40 it was of wrap-around type as opposed to
the metal and wood forward guard of the SVT38. Air circulation holes
were drilled into the guard, and four rectangular slots appeared
through the wooden continuation. Two variations in muzzle brake design
existed: the first had six slim baffles, replaced in later production
by a unit having only two large baffles. Selected specimens of the
SVT40 were equipped with telescopic sights and issued to snipers.