Tokarev TT-33

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    The pistol used by the Russians in WW2.

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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. 


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



    A Chinese Type 54 pistol (with holster)
    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.


    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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