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.
- Tokarev TT-33 (Soviet Russia)
- Norinco Type 54 (Chinese)
- Model 213 (Chinese)
- Zastava M57 (Yugoslavian version)
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.
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.
- North Korea
- Soviet Union
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.