Hello,I'd like to know how rare my SVT-40 is. It's a 1941 Tula with the serial number СН4525 (so not a sniper version) but with rails on the receiver. It also has a groove in the center of the rear sight, and a 2-port muzzle brake. Спасибо!
That square box on top of the Tula star indicates a post war arsenal refurbishment, meaning many of the parts were replaced after WWII, including the muzzle brake. They simply used the later style when your rifle was rebuilt. It's a very common SVT40 and one that you should enjoy (carefully) at the range! It's more common to have receivers with the rails than without, by the way.
Hahaha... Yes, I realize that. But I couldn't see the exact combination of my rifle's features in your table where you listed them, and thought maybe it makes it rare. For example, it's a non-sniper (based on its S/N) 1941 Tula with a later muzzle break but rails in the receiver, which seems to indicate that its receiver was left over from an earlier discontinued batch of sniper rifles.
It's one of the 650.000+ SVTs produced in Tula in 1941 :)
By the way, I am sorry if this post is in the wrong section, I only noticed the General Discussion area after I posted my question.