As is the AK47 and its descendants, the Tokarev TT33 pistol is an excellent example of Soviet arms design, which emphasizes ease of production, simplicity of operation and durability. Prior to the adoption of the Tokarev, the primary Soviet-produced handgun was the Nagant M1895 revolver.
Fedor V. Tokarev, 1871-1968, was a Russian arms designer. His name is familiar to many American arms collectors. Among his designs were the SVT-40 self loading rifle and the TT-30 and TT-33 pistol. The pistol is the focus of this month’s Collectors Corner.
How do you best rate the reliability and effectiveness of a weapon? Technical specifications, testing and expert opinion go a long way, but for the TT pistol there is also a more sinister endorsement: It is favored by criminal circles and hitmen in particular, and according to the police, has been used in 70 per cent of contract killings.