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The Tokarev TT-33 pistol is a semi-automatic handgun used by Russian soldiers during WWII. The Tokarev TT-33 was originally designed as a replacement for the Nagant M1895 revolver, that was used by the Russian military. The Tokarev TT-33 was made from 1930-1965. Approximately 1.6 million TT-33 handguns were made. 
 

Variants

  • Tokarev TT-33 (Soviet Russia)
  • Norinco Type 54 (Chinese)
  • Model 213 (Chinese)
  • Zastava M57 (Yugoslavian version)

 

Design

A Chinese Type 54 pistol (with holster)
The design of the Tokarev TT-33 looks quite similar to that of the Colt M1911. However, the Tokarev TT-33 had a simpler hammer system. The Tokarev TT-33 was chambered to hold a 7.62x25mm Tokarev cartridge. This round was based on the German 7.63x25mm Mauser round, which was used in the Mauser C96.
 
Due to the simple design of the Tokarev TT-33, it was a very strong and reliable pistol. It could survive a large amount of abuse and still work well, similarly to the AK47.
 

Variants

During WWII, the Wehrmacht captured a large quantity of Russian TT-33 pistols. These pistols were issued to soldiers as the Pistole 615. The German soldiers were able to fire the Mauser rounds they used for the C96 from the TT-33, due to the similarity between the rounds.
 
Russian production of the TT-33 pistol happened in 1954. However, many copies of the pistol were produced by other countries. This is a list of the different countries that produced the pistol, and the name they gave it:
 
  • China: Type 51, Type 54, M20, TU-90
  • Poland: wz. 48
  • Hungary: M48 (re-barreled for 9x19mm Parabellum)
  • Egypt: Tokagypt 58
  • Yugoslavia: M57, M65, M70A
  • North Korea: Type 68, M68
  • Romania: Cugir Tokarov, TTC
 
Pakistani police still use the TT-33 as a sidearm, but it is being phased out by the Beretta and Glock. 
 

Countries of Usage

Below is a list of countries that have, at some point or another, made use of the Tokarev TT-33 pistol, or the design of the pistol.
 
  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Hungary
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Soviet Union
  • Vietnam
  • Yugoslavia
 

Service History

Below is the list of wars that the Tokarev TT-33 has been involved in. 
 
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Vietnam War
  • Chinese Civil War
 
The TT-33 may have been involved in other wars, but these are the wars where they have been officially issued to soldiers.

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