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TT-33pistol
TT-33
Country of origin

Soviet Union

Manufacturer(s)

Tula Arsenal

Designer(s)

Fedor Tokarev

Production began

TT-30: 1930
TT-33: 1933

Production ended

1954

Caliber

7.62x25mm Tokarev

Action

short recoil actuated, locked breech, single action

Overall length

7.6 in (194mm)

Barrel length

5 inches

Weight

30.1 oz (854g)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

8-round detachable box magazine

Maximum effective range

54.68yd (50m)


The TT-30 is a Russian semi-automatic pistol, chambered in 7.62x25mm Tokarev. It was designed by Fedor Tokarev, and manufactured at Tula Arsenal, as well as by several other ComBloc nations.

HistoryEdit

In 1930, the Soviet Revolutionary Military Council approved a resolution to seek out and test new sidearms to replace their Nagant M1895 revolvers. The TT-33 (then the TT-30) was one of the entrants, and it was noticed during the tests as having potential.

1,000 TT-30s were ordered for further trials, and the pistol was adopted. As it was manufactured, a lot of changes were made to make manufacturing simpler and cheaper; the barrel, disconnector, trigger, and frame were altered. This pistol, with the simplification of the manufacturing process, was known as the TT-33.

The weapon was put to great use during WWII, being exported to other allied nations. The pistol also found a home in the Wehrmacht, where captured pistols were designated Pistole 615(r), and fired the almost exact 7.63x25mm Mauser cartridge.

In 1951, the Tokarev was replaced by the Makarov Pistol, with production ceasing in 1954.

Design detailsEdit

The TT-33 is a semi-automatic, short recoil-operated, single action pistol, chambered for the 7.62x25mm Tokarev round. Externally, it looks very similar to the M1911; it is essentially a highly modified M1911. The hammer and sear assembly is simpler than that of the 1911, and the hammer is external. The feed ramp was machined into the receiver itself, rather than as part of the barrel assembly.

VariantsEdit

TTCEdit

Licensed produced copy made in Romania. Also known as "Cugir Tokarov".


Type 54Edit

Licensed produced copy made in China, it is an improved version of the earlier Type 51 pistol.


PW wz. 33Edit

Licensed produced copy made in Poland, it was manufactured from 1947 to 1959.


M48Edit

Licensed produced copy made in Hungary, re-chambered to fire the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge


M57Edit

Licensed produced copy made in the former Yugoslavia. One major difference in this version was the ability to accept 9-round magazine.


Type 68Edit

Not to be confused with the Type 68 assault rifle, this was a licensed produced copy made in North Korea. It is also known as the M68.


Tokaegypt 58Edit

An export version of the M48 made for Egypt, but was never adopted.

TriviaEdit

  • The TT-33 has been reported as having quite a bit of recoil, as well as being noisier than most other pistols.
  • This pistol was featured in the Goldeneye 007 video game on the N64 as the DD44 Dostovei, and returned in Perfect Dark as the CC13 pistol.

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