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Legendary "TT"

Legendary "TT"

At the end of the 20 of the last century, the command of the Red Army announced a competition for the creation of an automatic pistol. According to the plan of command, the new pistol was supposed to be easy to use, reliable, naturally, automatic and technologically advanced in production. The announced competition was under the personal control of Commissar Voroshilov and the Supreme Commander Stalin.

Soviet designers began to develop a new pistol. The talented gunsmith Fedor Vasilyevich Tokarev, who represented Tula, also participated in the competition. weapons plant.

Fedor Vasilyevich Tokarev

First Tokarev, based on the American Colt 1911, was created by a heavy pistol chambered for the 30 "Mauser" caliber 7,62 mm long 25 mm. The decision to cross the American Colt with the German patron Mauser was made by Tokarev for two reasons. First, cartridges of caliber 45 АСР (11,43 mm) used in the Colt were not produced in the USSR. Secondly, the barrels for the 7.62 mm caliber pistol could be made from defective triline rifle barrels, and also produced separately, several weapon factories had equipment suitable for these purposes, and the technology was fairly well developed.

Colt 1911

The resulting pistol was heavy, bulky and expensive to manufacture, although it could shoot both single shots and bursts at a distance of 700 meters. Tests he did not pass, a strict military commission rejected the sample, but at the same time gave valuable recommendations for the improvement of the prototype.

Therefore, for further work, the upgraded Colt 1911 of the 1921 model of the year was adopted as a model. The second modernized version of the Tokarev pistol received from its predecessor a successful layout, the principle of operation of automation and colorful appearance, thus becoming significantly easier, simpler and more technological.

Unlike his "Daddy" Colt, who had two mechanical fuses, Tokarev's pistol did not have one, which significantly simplified the design of the mechanism. War spring was placed in the trigger. When the trigger was cocked a quarter, he locked the casing of the shutter, not allowing to make a shot. Yes, and the trigger itself was designed quite differently - semi-closed type, with protruding wheels for platoon.

In addition to the Tokarev pistol, two more Soviet designers, Prilutsky and Korovin, as well as foreign pistols by the well-known weapons companies Walter, Browning and Luger (Parabellum) were presented at the testing grounds.

The Tokarev pistol beat all competitors and was recognized as the best.

The new pistol received the official designation "7,62-mm pistol of the 1930 model of the year" and was adopted by the Red Army, where it received its legendary, more well-known throughout the world, unofficial name "TT" (Tula Tokarev). Over the next three years, the identified technological deficiencies were eliminated.

The pistol also had design flaws. So, the safety cocking of the trigger allowed involuntary shots, the store sometimes fell out at the most inopportune moment, the cartridges were skewed and jammed. Low resource (200–300 shots) and low reliability caused fair complaints. A powerful cartridge designed more for submachine guns in the TT quickly broke the bolt. Particularly ardent critics of the new pistol called one of its shortcomings the inability to shoot from it tank: due to the design peculiarity, the barrel of the gun did not crawl into the rifle embrasure.

After three years of various upgrades, the troops received a new "TT" (model 1933 of the year), which went through the Great Patriotic War. In the course of this war, the most important shortcoming of the TT, a small caliber, was revealed. The bullet caliber 7,62 mm, despite the high speed, did not have the stopping power that was inherent in the 9 mm German pistols. It also turned out that it is very sensitive to low temperatures, mechanical damage and pollution. The Germans "TT" had the designation Pistole 615 (r), and they often used the trophy "TT", despite its shortcomings.

Performance characteristics of the gun "TT" model 1933 year:

caliber, mm - 7,62;
initial speed of the bullet, m / s - 420;
weight with a magazine without cartridges, kg - 0,845;
curb weight, kg - 0,940;
total length, mm - 195;
barrel length, mm - 116;
magazine capacity, number of cartridges - 8;
rate of fire - 8 shots in 10 – 15 sec.

Famous photo "Combat"

The production and modernization of TT continued throughout the war after the war. The last modernization was carried out in the 1950 year, the pistol assemblies began to be manufactured by stamping, making the weapon much more technologically advanced in production.

The volume of production of TT pistols in the CCPR for the period from 1933 to the end of production is estimated at approximately 1 740 000 pieces.

In 1951, the Makarov PM of Izhevsk Arms Plant was adopted. The production of "TT" has stopped, its time has passed.

Pistol "TT" at different times produced in different countries. Hungary - “Model 48” and “TT-58” (“Tokagipt-58”), Vietnam, Egypt, China (Model 59), Iraq, Poland, Yugoslavia, etc.

Traumatic model gun "Leader TT" is sold in gun stores and now. Pneumatic version produced at Izhevsk Mechanical Plant. TT guns are still made in China.


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  1. kesa1122
    kesa1122 5 November 2011 05: 42
    The first option had an automatic fuse. Alteration to the safety half-platoon was done according to the direct instructions of Budenny (in a fur glove, he was not always squeezed out) The Germans respected TT precisely for reliability, and therefore used it. Cartridge 7,62x25 improved copy of 7,63x25 Mauser, used in K96 which PP is not.
  2. kesa1111
    kesa1111 5 November 2011 05: 47
    The first option had an automatic fuse. Alteration to the safety half-platoon was done according to the direct instructions of Budenny (in a fur glove, he was not always squeezed out) The Germans respected TT precisely for reliability, and therefore used it. Cartridge 7,62x25 improved copy of 7,63x25 Mauser, used in K96 which PP is not.
  3. dred
    dred 30 November 2011 18: 04
    That would be a head kamu to break something with the toto.
  4. Artemka
    Artemka 30 November 2011 18: 05
    Yes, they probably struck more than once. Germans for example.
    1. SIA
      SIA 21 February 2012 05: 22
      And not only to the Germans. The Japanese also got nuts from TT.
  5. Hans grohman
    Hans grohman 31 January 2012 15: 41
    Personally, I did not like it - it is very loud, often wedges and grabs the shells, if from the PM the triple in shooting was a disappointment, then from the TT two (out of three shots) hits the target, an achievement. I do not know what kind of cartridges we fired (maybe they were for PP, and most of the problems are due to them), but "the residue remained". However, nobody canceled the rule "Better old TT than judo and karate".

    Something like that.
  6. bistrov.
    bistrov. 22 February 2012 13: 40
    Whatever it was, the TT pistol went through the whole war without any changes. The Germans, for example, in the midst of the war had to remove from production, and then from service the famous "parabellum" R-08 due to low manufacturability and high danger to the user (was prone to spontaneous firing). And this with a chronic shortage of small arms in the Wehrmacht, and in particular pistols.
  7. Michael HORNET
    Michael HORNET 27 October 2012 23: 47
    The article is a compilation of what has already been said, without meaning and understanding by the author of what he writes
    The "weak stopping effect" of the TT bullet exists only in the heads of journalists, who have never even held a pistol in their hands
    TT has a very high stopping and damaging effect, surpassing the Makarov pistol! It is enough to conduct a gelatin test and read memoirs on the Second World War. In the analysis of the combat effectiveness of the pistols of all the warring parties, it was noted that weapons under the ammunition 45 AKP, 9x19 and 7,62x25 showed approximately the same combat effectiveness, in some ways defeating the others and losing in something. There is nothing surprising in this - the TT bullet has a high speed (420-440 m / s), which contributes to good energy transfer and the very kinetic energy of about 500 J, which leads to a quite sufficient damaging and stopping effect, with a flat trajectory and excellent breakdown power.
    There was no particular point in changing the TT in 1951, moreover, while maintaining the TT in service, its cartridge could remain relevant to this day (unlike the 9x18 cartridge for PM), it combines much greater potential for the use of armor-piercing high-speed bullets, a pistol , of course, would have been replaced, but the cartridge is not at all obsolete, besides, it is well compatible with the 9x19 cartridge, moreover, it is now somewhere in the "golden mean" between the very small-caliber 5,7x28 / 4,6x30 and those having low speed and range 9x19
    The low TT resource is largely due to the insufficiently high quality of manufacturing and materials, both pre-war and, especially, military-grade pistols.
    If you make TT from modern steels and normal TMT and make the adjustment also appropriate, then its resource will be comparable to conventional army pistols such as Browning High Power, etc.
    Of course, you can complain about the lack of self-cocking, especially since the self-cocking trigger at the time of work on the CT was already known
    Of course, the TT is a child of its time and fully reflects the state of industry in the early 30s in the USSR, that is, it is extremely weak and unskilled, therefore Tokarev in general simplified the Browning construction (Colt 1911) as much as it was actually capable of producing it.
    The TT pistol has a record low thickness for an army pistol - this is the world's flattest military pistol (20,3 mm thick on the bolt), which makes it very comfortable to wear, replace regular cheeks - and get a pistol flatter than many current ones pocket pistols
    In the article, it would be worthwhile to talk about the differences in different modifications of the TT, both in time and in producing countries.