Thanks, pcke. I'm interested in the SVT-40 because it is a good follow on to the Mosin Nagant's for collecting. The rifle pictured because I have know this rifle for a few years and my friend is willing to trade with me for it. I've studied and collected M1 Garands and M1 Carbines for years. While I haven't studied the history of the SVT-40 other than skimming general knowledge, they seem a fascinating area of research. Cheers, Bruce.