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Title Tokarev bayonet for SVT40 self-loading rifle
Nationality Russian
Period c 1940-45
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This is the 1940 model bayonet for the first successful self-loading Soviet rifle, which fired the standard 7.62 Mosyn-Nagant rimmed rifle cartridge. The issue was, in the main, resticted to NCOs and snipers, as the weapon required more care and maintenance than the soldier's bolt-action rifle/carbine.

This was used predominantly on the Russian front against the Germans and may, towards the end of the war, have seen some limited use against the Japanese. The Germans later produced a refined version of this weapon with a rimless cartridge, thus paving the way for modern assault rifle development.

The ordnance marks at the forte of the blade and the throat of the scabbard are still sharp. The blade shows extensive hand honing marks and there is some damage to the point. The grips, though a little worn, are still in good shape, with what appears to be original varnish. The scabbard shows signs of service, viz. dents here and there and the odd patch of light rust. The integral web belt loop is a little A/F, with oil and grime deposits and minor cuts/wear to the fabric.

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[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : Russian : 20th Century]


Bayonet arrived today, very quick, and very pleased.

P H, UK, 13.11.2010

The iron cross you sent me came on Saturday morning. Very pleased with the medal.

A M, UK, 13.08.2007