Tokarev TT-33 Handgun
|Country of Origin||Russia|
|Barrel Length||116.000 mm|
|Muzzle Velocity||420 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe Samozarjadnyj Pistolet Tokareva obrazca 1930 goda, or Tokarev TT-30 pistols (along with the TT-33 variant pistols), were developed by Fedor Tokarev to replace the aging Nagant M1895 pistols. The first batch was produced in 1931 under the designation TT-30, while efforts to improve the original design were already under way to streamline production. As the improved design entered production, the new products were re-designated TT-33 pistols.
During WW2, TT-33 pistols were the standard side arm of Russian Army officers. They viewed these weapons favorably, commenting that they were rugged and reliable due to their relatively simple construction. That characteristic allowed the TT-33 pistols to take a great deal of abuse typical of battlefields conditions without malfunctioning.
As some of the Russian TT-33 pistols became captured by the Germans, many of them were put in use under the designation Pistole 615(r). One of reasons why the Germans readily used captured TT-33 pistols was because of ammunition availability, as the Germans were able to use the German 7.63-mm Mauser cartridges with these pistols due to their similarities with the Russian 7.62-mm Model 1930 Type P cartridges.
Production of the Tokarev TT-33 pistols ended in Russia in 1954 after 1.7 million examples were made, but licensed and illegal copies continued to be made elsewhere, including in China, North Korea, Poland, Hungary, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Pakistan and in other countries. Today, Norinco, the official weapons manufacturer of Communist China, still manufactures variants of the Tokarev TT-33 pistol.
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Last Major Revision: Sep 2008
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