svw 45
The svw rifles produced by Mauser Orbendorf (svw code) are found in both phosphate and blued finish, along with mixed finish guns, i.e. bolt and small parts blued, the balance of the rifle phosphated. Mauser started svw production in about February 1945 and used a 5 digit serial numbering system. Some svw rifles will be found with WW1 mauser parts on them, and some parts will be subcontracted. It was a long held misconception that svw45 was French production (along with svwMB), but it is obviously not true. It is possible to find svw45 rifles produced by the French, as not all rifles serial numbered were finished before the French took over the plant in April, and some that were finished or not accepted were captured by the French and reworked. Many of these rifles will bear the French star proof- more on that in the svwMB section.
Most items below are based on study of matching original guns- variations to exist from this guide however.

Serial Range: 98XXa-16XXXa
                         01b-56XXb
Approximate number produced: 12,000
Metal Finish: Blued, Phosphate, or Mix
Stock Finish: Most unstained, rough, Eagle 135 marked
Stock Type: Full Kriegsmodell- no takedown washer, bayonet lug deleted, screwed in bands- some guns reported with standard configuration stocks, i.e. with takedown washer, bayonet mount, and band spring arrangement (very odd)
Wood Type: some solid, most laminated
Triggergaurd: svw marked phosphate, no serial number
Floorplate: byf marked, blued or phosphate
Follower: "135 waffenamt" marked, blued or phosphate, or unmarked
Front and Rear Bands: Bands were blued, or will be silver grey-green phosphate finished, no waffenamts or serial, held by screws (no band spring)- a few guns have band springs (rare)
Numbered Parts:
Full serial number w/suffix on left receiver, last 4 digits with suffix on bolt root, last 4 digits on bolt shroud, last 2 digits on cocking piece, unnumbered safety

svw rifles

svw45 phosphate
laminated stock

svw45 phosphate
b block matching

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