The SVT-40 was manufactured in large quantities leading up to and during the early stages of the Great Patriotic War. Due to military disasters suffered during the first stages of Operation Barbarossa, these plans were put on hold indefinitely by the Soviet military, with SVT-40s being issued on a selective basis to more experienced soldiers. The SVT-40 required much more training in basic maintenance to operate properly compared to the standard-issue Mosin-Nagant 1891/1930, but served with distinction throughout much of the fighting on the Eastern Front. Both the sniper and standard variants saw combat in Stalingrad, where they were presumably more effective than standard rifles given their greater rate of fire.
A semi-automatic rifle firing the 7.62 x 54R rifle cartridge, the SVT-40 uses a detachable 10 round box magazine, but can be reloaded with standard-issue five-round stripper clips designed for the Mosin-Nagant bolt-action rifle. The SVT-40's short-stroke, gas-operated piston design is similar to that seen in the US-designed M1 Carbine. The SVT-40 design, while effective, featured several flaws. The barrel had a tendency to whip excessively when a round was fired, reducing accuracy at long ranges and rendering the weapon far less suitable for issue to snipers. Due to this drawback as well as the greater time and resources needed to manufacture this rifle, production was down-scaled and finally halted in 1945.
In-game, the SVT-40 is issued to Commanders, Squad Leaders, and Elite Riflemen, and can be unlocked by veteran Engineers. A scope-mounted variant is issued to snipers. The SVT-40 is versatile, effective at both short and long range. The 7.62 x 54R cartridge has excellent stopping power, and the detachable magazine allows for quick reloading. While the higher rate of fire of a semi-automatic design makes the weapon powerful, users should exercise care in order to avoid shooting too quickly and sacrificing accuracy. The SVT-40 can be equipped with a bayonet for use in close-quarters, which is unlocked at Level 25. A high-quality muzzle break is available at Level 50. The weapon is best treated as a bolt-action rifle, with each shot carefully aimed, and it is most effective in the hands of a soldier that has mastered the Mosin-Nagant 91/30 or Mauser Karabiner 98K.