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svehn
12-24-2015, 03:46 PM
I have started collecting Russian rifles and thought I would post up my favorites.

My newest one is a christmas gift to myself. It's a 1941 Tula SVT-40. Just got it yesterday. I knew I had to have this rifle just for the coloring of the stock. Works out that the bore is an 8.5 or 9 out of ten.

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This is a 1952 Tula SKS. The metal has not been refurbed. The stock has been replaced with a 1949 once upon a time. I got her for 70 bucks and she claimed a nice mule doe less than a week after I got her.

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And another SKS. Got this one from Canadian Tire in Leduc. Their selection is nuts. Love the gun aisle. It came with the aftermarket stock and I put on a Crusader Canada rail and Leupold VX-1 scope

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This is a Baikal MP-161K in 22LR. Rifle is very reliable, comfortable to shoot, and plenty accurate at minute of gopher.

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Please post up any of your Russian princesses. I'd love to see them.

zulu
12-24-2015, 04:22 PM
I always found the fore end of the svt to be too thin and my grip would wrap around it and block the irons, i like that Tula! Nice collection

svehn
12-24-2015, 04:35 PM
I was taught by my father to make a V between my thumb and index finger, then rest the rifle in it. I got so used to it that I do it anytime I'm not using a rest or bipod. Works great shen shooting off the top of a fence post.

Thanks for the compliment. I have 8 other SKS that are standard refurbs. Nothing to write home about. I do love the Russian milsurps. Cheap, simple and reliable, the farmer in me loves that.

kennymo
12-24-2015, 09:23 PM
I always found the fore end of the svt to be too thin and my grip would wrap around it and block the irons, i like that Tula! Nice collection

How big are your hands?!?!?!? :run: I'm in a double XL glove and I get by....guess I straighten my thumb parrallel to the barrel come to think of it.....

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Russian stuff is fun.....

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zulu
12-24-2015, 10:18 PM
You are correct almost! When I straighten my thumb in almost ok but my fingers still get in the way. I had to have a pinching grasp to not obscure the target. I don't concider my hands super large but they are in the lg to xl category of gloves

kennymo
12-24-2015, 10:42 PM
I guess I'll need to take one of the things out in the snow....I don't recall it ever being a problem. My only issue with the SVT (and SKS) is the short length of pull. If I get down to the sights the way I do with other rifles the knuckle of my thumb whaps me in the nose. I have to remember to alter my grip hand a little....

svehn
12-26-2015, 12:13 AM
Beautiful collection kennymo. I've only been buying Russian milsurps since beginning of Nov. Love how simple they are. Got another SKS for Christmas from my mother. A refurb early 52 or older with a laminate stock. Dust cover has been replaced with a replacement one.

3MTA3
12-26-2015, 08:30 PM
Nice collection- How does that Crusader Rail work? Where do you get them?

kennymo
12-26-2015, 10:22 PM
Beautiful collection kennymo. I've only been buying Russian milsurps since beginning of Nov. Love how simple they are. Got another SKS for Christmas from my mother. A refurb early 52 or older with a laminate stock. Dust cover has been replaced with a replacement one.

I've since parted with the SVT with the smaller ports on the brake. It had a chopped magazine and the stock and bore were quite rough. It was one of my first milsurps and I hadn't a clue what to look for....:)

Not shown is another SKS in an older ATI folding stock, and a 'shooter grade' Mosin Nagant. Come to think of it, I've got an M38 tucked away somewhere too..... I'd like to add an M44 and another Tokarev with wartime wooden grips to round out the collection. The Tula on top is a pre war (barely) 1940, and the Izzy below is a 1950 post war example with the slightly rarer Izzy factory logo grips. The Tokarev pistols are fun to shoot if you don't mind getting absolutely covered in lacquer flakes from the steel cased surplus....

The SKS with the black bayonet is unfired. It's reserved for a little girl once she's big enough to shoulder it.... I may just buy one more in case we have another one :).

svehn
12-27-2015, 02:02 AM
Nice collection- How does that Crusader Rail work? Where do you get them?
It mounts on at the rear sight and the takedown pin at the rear of the receiver.

It is very snug on the rear of the receiver and the spring that is under the rear sight keeps the rail from moving at the front. Once it warms up, I'll finally get to sight that rifle in. Basically the same as the magwedge rail.

It is a guy in Edmonton that sells them. Very friendly guy and knows Russian milsurps pretty good.

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svehn
12-27-2015, 02:14 AM
Kennymo, that is one lucky little girl getting that sks. I bet she'll shoot it better than you. :)

I find that I can never have enough sks. I just got another one for Xmas. I'm up to 10 of em now. Haven't had time to shoot em all.

The one I just got is an oddball. The trigger is original and it has the flat trigger assembly with no spring in the safety. So early 52 or earlier. But, it has the later gas tube removal lever that has the hole in it. And the dust cover has no year stamp, but, has the tula star. So that must have been replaced. I think it was a thorough refurb. No matter. As long as she shoots good.

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LB303
12-27-2015, 03:10 PM
The Tokarev pistols are fun to shoot if you don't mind getting absolutely covered in lacquer flakes from the steel cased surplus....


I find ejecting cases into other bays is a real nuisance with mine, I try to get as far to the right as possible on the firing line