Throughout the years, Miltech has introduced exclusive production runs of historically significant firearms for private release called Limited Edition Specials. These are usually rare or unique firearms, which we feel have made a significant impact on world history and arms design. The firearms chosen for our specials are collected and restored over an extended period of time so as not to interfere with our normal production scheduling.

Our current release is especially exciting because we are offering matched sets of two very special RUSSIAN semi-automatic rifles: The SVT 40 'Tokarev' and SKS 45 'Simonov'. These rifles were conceived by two competing designers, both capitalizing on each others innovations and shortcomings in their mission to develop a revolutionary new service rifle for Russia during the early years of World War II. The unique features in these two different rifles have been widely adopted and incorporated into dozens of high-tech military firearms currently in use worldwide. 

Each of these classic rifles is fully-restored and comes packed in a newly designed and hand-fitted crate with an internal tool and accessory compartment. In addition, both rifles come equipped with a complete complement of service and operating accessories, such as manuals, clips, pouches, tools and 100 rounds of ammunition. As always, our generous warranty, customer service and customer support policies will also apply to these historical pieces.
Over the next several years, we will be releasing ten different rifles in our Limited Edition Special Collection. In this initial offering, there are a total of only 100 matched and numbered pairs and there will be no future offerings once they are sold out. Therefore, if you want to secure the first rifles of our new collection, we strongly advise that you call ahead to assure assignment while they are still available.

Samozariadnyi Vintovka Sistemi TOKAREVA OBRAZETS 1940g
(Tokarev System Self-loading Rifle, Model 1940g)
CALIBER - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -7.62X54R OPERATING SYSTEM - GAS, TILTING BOLT MAXIMUM RANGE - - - - - - - - -3500-3600 YARDS
MUZZLE VELOCITY - - - - - - - - - -2780-2800 FPS TYPE OF FIRE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -SEMI-AUTO RATE OF FIRE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -40-45 RPM
WEIGHT - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -8.75 LBS MAGAZINE CAPACITY -10 ROUNDS, DETACHABLE STOCK - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -WALNUT
Toward the end of World War I, Russia began to undertake the development of a self-loading weapon which could fire a full-sized rifle cartridge. Their requirements, however, were quite restrictive: select-fire capability, 50 round magazine, folding blade bayonet and a weight under nine pounds. Later, the specifications were relaxed slightly, however most of the changes did little to reduce the difficulty of the overall task. Eventually, a number of firearms designs were submitted, including one by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov (the designer of the SKS). Simonov's rifle, the AVS36 was adopted and produced in modest quantities until it was replaced by a more advanced design: the SVT38 submitted by Fyedor Vasileyvich Tokarev. During the "Winter War" with Finland in 1939, the Russians quickly discovered that the existing design of the SVT38 needed further improvement to successfully operate under the extremely harsh weather and battlefield conditions in the Soviet Union. Tokarev made a number of changes in the detail of the weapon, however the basic principles of operation remained the same and in late 1940, the rifle was re-designated the SVT 40.

Although the SVT 40 proved extremely effective in World War II, the skill level of the Russian peasant soldier was not sufficient to effectively operate and maintain such a complex piece of equipment. The Germans, on the other hand, were impressed with versatility and firepower of the SVT 40, and with their highly skilled professional soldiers, they were able to employ the use of captured rifles more effectively than the Russians. In fact, the SVT 40 was so widely used by the Wermacht, that the German High Command issued identification numbers to them: SIG.259(r), and also printed directives on use and maintenance.

Tokarev pioneered many innovative features in his SVT 40 design which were later applied to military rifles developed by other nations. Some of these features included: a short-stroke gas piston system and a tipping bolt, which reduced weight and helped increase the rate of fire; a low bore line, which helped stabilize the weapon during rapid fire; a gas regulating valve, which allowed the rifleman to control the flow of gas into the operating system, thus compensating for ammunition or temperature variances. All of these features can be found on the widely-used FN FAL series rifles. Another unique SVT 40 feature was the fluted chamber, which assisted extraction of the spent case. This concept was later incorporated in the famous G3 rifle manufactured by the German firm of Heckler and Koch. The SVT 40 was phased out of Russian service by 1955 and the last reported combat use of the rifle was by the Castro forces in Cuba in the late 1950's.

Samozariadnyi Karabin sistemi simonova obrazets 1945g
(Simonov System Self-loading Carbine, Model 1945g)
CALIBER - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -7.62X39 OPERATING SYSTEM - - - - - -GAS, TILTING BOLT MAXIMUM RANGE - - - - - - - - -1650-1700 YARDS
MUZZLE VELOCITY - - - - - - - - - -2410-2500 FPS TYPE OF FIRE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -SEMI-AUTO RATE OF FIRE - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -40-45 RPM
In 1936 the People's Commisar of the Defense adopted a select-fire, autoloading rifle: the Avtomaticheskaya vintovka sistemi Simonova obrazets 1936g (AVS36), designed by Soviet arms inspector Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. The AVS36 fired the standard 7.62x54 Russian cartridge and despite the unrealistic standards originally established by the Russian ordnance department, the rifle met with relative success. Simonov's design continued to undergo numerous modifications, however in 1938, the rifle was superceded by a newer and more robust design: the SVT38, submitted by Fyedor Vasilyevich Tokarev. 

During that same time period, Soviet officials became aware of the need for a lightweight battle rifle and ammunition similar to the German Schmeisser assault rifle, which fired the 7.92x33mm 'Kurz' cartridge. By 1943 the Russians had developed and adopted a shortened high-powered cartridge designated M1943, 7.62x39mm. Immediately, Sergei Simonov engaged in the development of a short rifle, which was principally based on his AVS36 and would chamber the new M1943 cartridge. His design was enthusiastically accepted by the Russian Government and a pre-production run of the SKS was completed in the spring of 1944. Soon, a large number of these rifles were sent to combat troops fighting on the Byelorussian front for field evaluation. The rifle was an instant success, and with only minor changes, it was quickly adopted by the Russian Army. The war with Germany ended for the Russians in May of 1945 and production of the SKS 45 ceased shortly thereafter. However, in 1949, the Russians resumed mass production of the SKS 45 due to the "Cold War" and their growing interests throughout the world. In 1955, "official" production ceased and the SKS 45 was slowly phased out of active service in favor of the AK 47 assault rifle. Eventually, over 21 nations had adopted the SKS 45 design and a number of Soviet-aligned countries, such as Yugoslavia, China, East Germany and North Korea, produced their own version of the SKS 45. Currently thousands of SKS 45 and SKS type rifles are in active military use all over the world. Today, although primarily relegated to ceremonial and affairs-of-state use, the venerable SKS 45 is still an "issue" weapon in Russia and SKS type rifles are the most widely-used military style sporting rifle in the United States.

SVT 40 'Tokarev' and SKS 45 'SIMONOV'
Limited Edition Special Collection Matched set

Russian SVT 40 'Tokarev' with NRA good bore with strong rifling,
includes:  front sight adjustment tool, manual, ammo pouch, oiler, 100 rounds of 7.62x54 ammunition, sling, ten stripper clips, bore brush, gas regulator tool, gas port cleaning pin, Russian style pine crate

Russian SKS 45 'Simonov' with NRA excellent bore, includes:  front sight adjustment tool, manual, ammo pouch, oiler, 100 rounds of 7.62x39 ammunition, sling, ten stripper clips, bore brush, tool holder/container, Russian style pine crate.

Complete Package....... $2,995.00  plus $95.00 for shipping, handling and insurance

Prices and specifications may change without notice.

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