This Pavesi Model of 1942 is shrouded in mystery, and has some gun experts scratching their heads.
The references for this gun state that it is an Italian made, Pavesi model from 1942. However, this gun seems to be a direct mechanical copy of the Russian made SVT.
The gun features the serial number 875 on both the stock and the receiver. Because of this information, a good number of these semi-automatics are thought to have been manufactured. But who designed them, when, why, and exactly how many is still shrouded in mystery.
Through Ian's walk through of the Pavesi semi-automatic rifle he concludes that the rifle shares the same exact bolt, locking system, and gas system as the SVT. In addition to the mechanics it also shares some aesthetic features like the muzzle brake, metal front hand guard, and very similar sights.
It is unsure whether or not more information will turn up on this fantastic rifle. Only time will tell.