Tokarev TT-33 7.62 x 25mm pistol

This item is HIRE ONLY for use by a recognised Film, TV, Commercials or Theatre production company.




 The TT-33 (7.62 mm Samozaryadnyj Pistolet Tokareva obraztsa 1930 goda. – “7.62mm Tokarev self loading pistol model 1930”) is a Russian semi-automatic pistol.

It was developed in the early 1930s by Fedor Tokarev as a service pistol for the Soviet military to replace the Nagant M1895 revolver that had been in use since Tsarist times, though it never fully replaced the M1895.

In 1930 the Revolutionary Military Council approved a resolution to test new small arms to replace its aging Nagant M1895 revolvers. During these tests on January 7th, 1931, the potential of a pistol designed by Fedor Tokarev was noted. A few weeks later, 1,000 TT-30s were ordered for troop trials and the pistol was adopted for service in the Red Army.

But even as the TT-30 was being put into production, design changes were made to simplify manufacturing. Minor changes to the barrel, disconnector, trigger and frame were implemented and this redesigned pistol was the TT-33. Most were issued to officers and it  was widely used by Soviet troops during WWII, but did not completely replace the Nagant revolver.

The TT-33 is chambered for the 7.62 x 25mm Tokarev cartridge, which was itself based on the similar 7.63 x 25mm Mauser cartridge used in the Mauser C96 pistol. Able to withstand tremendous abuse, large numbers of the TT-33 were produced during World War II and well into the 1950s.

The Wehrmacht captured a fair number of TT-33s and issued them to units under the ‘Pistole 615(r)’ designation. This was made possible by the fact that Russian 7.62 mm Model 1930 Type P cartridges were nearly identical to the German 7.63 x 25mm Mauser cartridge; therefore German ammunition could be used in captured Russian arms, and vice versa.

The TT-33 is still in service in the Chinese and North Korean armed forces today while police in Pakistan still commonly use the TT pistol as a sidearm, though unofficially, as it is being replaced by modern 9 mm Beretta and SIG pistols.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for Soviet and Warsaw Pact military and police forces – from 1931 to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown here is a TT-33 Tokarev pistol, chambered in 7.62 x 25mm, it is fitted with plastic grips and has a blued finish