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Tokarev

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    USSR

  • NICKNAMES
    7,62 mm Samozaryadnyj Pistolet Tokareva obraztsa 1930 goda (official designation)
    Type 51 (Chinese production)
    Type 54 (Chinese production)
    M57 (Yugoslav production)
    Type 68 (North Korean production)
    Pistole 615(r) (Nazi German designation)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1920’s

  • DESIGNER
    Fedor Tokarev

  • PRODUCTION
    1930 - 1954 (USSR production)

  • PRODUCERS
    China - Norinco
    Hungary - Femaru
    North Korea - state arsenals
    Poland - Radom arsenal
    Romania - Cugir arsenal
    USSR - Tula arsenal
    Yugoslavia - Zastava

  • QUANTITY
    About 1.7 million produced

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Relatively powerful upon introduction
    Limited magazine size
    Heavy and bulky

Introduction

The Tokarev is a pre World War 2 era pistol of Soviet origin. it was developed in the late 1920’s to replace the Nagant M1895 revolver. The designation TT-33 stands for Tula Tokarev 1933. The Tokarev was widely used during World War 2 and is one of the iconic Soviet firearms. Many Tokarev pistol and derivative models have been produced under license in nations with close ties to the USSR.

Design

The Tokarev is a single action pistol that employs the short recoil mechanism and has a locked breech. The design seems to be inspired by the FN Mle 1903 and Colt M1911 pistols, but differs in several areas. The pistol has a large steel frame, plastic grip plates and a steel slide with fixed sights.

Firepower

The Tokarev is a semi-automatic pistol that fires the 7.62x25mm round from an 8 round magazine. Outside the USSR various 9x19mm models have been produced, although the vast majority of foreign production was in 7.62x25mm as well. The maximum effective range is a few dozen meters.

Users

The Tokarev was widely used by Soviet forces during World War 2. After the war it remained in use and large quantities were exported and produced under license. The Tokarev was replaced in Soviet service by the Makarov pistol in 1952. Nowadays the Tokarev remains in use, especially in many third world nations.

Variants

Standard Tokarev variants

TT-30: Original USSR production model.
TT-33: Improved USSR production model.
Type 51: Original Chinese production model.
Type 54: Improved Chinese production model.
PW wz.33: Polish production model.
M48: Hungarian production model.
M57: Yugoslav production model with integral slide safety and 9 round magazine.
Cugir Tokarov: Romanian production model, also known as TTC.
Type 68: North Korean production model with slightly shorter barrel and slide.

TypePistol
Caliber7.62x25mm Tokarev
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length116 mm
Rifling4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity420 m/s
Stock-
Length196 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.85 kg empty
SightsIron sights, fixed
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber7.62x25mm Tokarev
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length115 mm
Rifling4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity420 m/s
Stock-
Length195 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.89 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber7.62x25mm Tokarev
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length116 mm
Rifling4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity420 m/s
Stock-
Length196 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.846 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber7.62x25mm Tokarev
Magazine9 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length116 mm
Rifling4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity450 m/s
Stock-
Length200 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.9 kg empty
SightsIron sights, fixed
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber7.62x25mm Tokarev
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length108 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity395 m/s
Stock-
Length185 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.795 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

Tokarev variants in 9mm

Tokagypt 58: Hungarian 9x19mm model developed for Egyptian police use.
M70(d): Yugoslav 9x19mm model, also known as M65. The M70A has an added safety catch.
M88: Yugoslav 9x19mm model with shorter slide and barrel. The M88A has an added safety catch.
Model 213: Chinese production model in 9x19mm. Model 213A: Chinese production model in 9x19mm with double stack magazine.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine7 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity350 m/s
Stock-
Length194 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.91 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine9 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length116 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity330 m/s
Stock-
Length200 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.9 kg empty
SightsIron sights, fixed
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine8 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length96 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity325 m/s
Stock-
Length175 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.78 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine14 rounds
OperationShort recoil, locked breech
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length116 mm
Rifling4 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity335 m/s
Stock-
Length195 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight0.90 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear
Remarks-

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