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Old 07-03-2005, 07:25 PM   #61
 
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basically a russian M1. Much prized by the germans, but never really well recieved by russian troops as they were complicated to maintain in the field. It is definitely the neatest looking rifle made in ww2 (IMHO).
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Old 07-03-2005, 08:11 PM   #62
 
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basically a russian M1. Much prized by the germans, but never really well recieved by russian troops as they were complicated to maintain in the field. It is definitely the neatest looking rifle made in ww2 (IMHO).
Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder !!!!!

Do you still want and Enfield #4 because I think that's what those were at Dunhams.
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Old 07-03-2005, 08:17 PM   #63
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There's a saying among old airplane lovers that I think might apply to military guns, too:

If it's ugly, it's British.
If it's weird, it's Russian.
If it's ugly AND weird, it's French.

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Old 07-03-2005, 08:31 PM   #64
 
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No, My enfield fix is satisfied now

snake. LOL...how true! And if it is just right its American. For pure engineering and simplicity, its the carbine or M1, that's for sure. but you have to admit the SVT 40 looks the part, and with its weird bolt, well, its a classic.
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Old 07-04-2005, 03:19 AM   #65
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If it's ugly, it's British.
If it's weird, it's Russian.
If it's ugly AND weird, it's French.
I would add "If it's ugly and weird, AND doesn't work right, it's French.

Anyone remember their light machine gun from WWI, designed for trench warfare with an open sided magazine. Wouldn't work if it got dirty or wet! Two things that happen occasionally in war.
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It was the Chauchat.
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:20 AM   #67
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Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder !!!!!
I have to agree with Audie on that one. The SVTs are really nice-looking, especially when one considers the time of their manufacture. It is a very sleek rifle. The stamped metal ventilated fore-end and the muzzle brake were "cutting edge" for their time, at least in appearance. Some say the Germans based the G-43 gas system on the Tokarev's system (without incorporating the adjustable gas spindle).

I had one in the sixties that was very nicely produced and finished. I found it a bit long, though, and had trouble getting it to function properly even after adjusting the gas system. My problems may have been due to ammo, though.
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Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder !!!!!
I have to agree with Audie on that one. The SVTs are really nice-looking, especially when one considers the time of their manufacture. It is a very sleek rifle. The stamped metal ventilated fore-end and the muzzle brake were "cutting edge" for their time, at least in appearance. Some say the Germans based the G-43 gas system on the Tokarev's system (without incorporating the adjustable gas spindle).

I had one in the sixties that was very nicely produced and finished. I found it a bit long, though, and had trouble getting it to function properly even after adjusting the gas system. My problems may have been due to ammo, though.
To me it looks like a browning A5 that had too many jalepeno's for breakfast or something. But to each his own!!!!
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:06 PM   #69
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To me it looks like a browning A5 that had too many jalepeno's for breakfast or something. But to each his own!!!!
I still own a 30's vintage A-5 that has been the demise of more than a few geese cruising at altitudes that compadres with 1100s or 870s wouldn't risk a shot on. I've also owned and fired a SVT-40, which is a very interesting piece of firearms history. From my latter experience, I can certainly understand and sympathize with Audie's desire to acquire an SVT-40.

And as a denizen of the American Southwest for quite a period of time, I have ingested my share of Jalapenos.

But I fail to see the relationship between Jalapenos and either the A-5 or the SVT-40.

Perhaps you should log onto and peruse the Taco Bell forum, if there is one. Happy hunting, and don't forget the Malox!
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I was just kind of kidding around. No harm meant. Like I said before beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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And likewise! No offense taken, none intended.
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