More Gun Cutaways: Tokarev TT-33 At GunLab

Chuck is feeding the beast with his most recent post of a cutaway TT-33 Tokarev over at GunLab.If you’re like me, you just can’t get enough of cutaway firearms! Pictures are embedded below, but please click through to Chuck’s site to see more:


Top view showing the chamber, mainspring, and lockwork. Image source:



The lockwork is very 1911-inspired, but also visible is the spring contained inside the hammer, not present in Browning’s design. Image source:



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The TT-33 incorporates some basic improvements over the 1911 on which it is based, but was held back by its lack of reassuring safety mechanisms, making it a somewhat dangerous pistol. It did, however, fire the excellent 7.62×25 Tokarev round, which being a hotter 7.63 Mauser had excellent penetration characteristics at the expense of greater noise and blast.

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  • Aamil LaShay

    I have the Norinco 213 in 9mm model and the 7.62×25 Tokathe, very nice guns Love to shoot them.

  • spotr

    I believe that the comrade who attempted to paint the outlines may have had a few drinks of Vodka.

    • wojtekimbier

      A few bottles*

  • Vitsaus

    I’ve worked on a couple of these in my day, not a pistol I’m too crazy about but I must say that the things are fascinating in how they simplified the 1911 design. I find them very interesting mechanically, and I do like that cartridge (.30 Tokarev) quite a bit… sort of the .357 SIG of the 1930s. Everytime I have the chance to pick one up I pass on it though, can’t quite bring myself to get one because I don’t like them much as shooters, and they don’t have the cool factor to me that P38s have or the strange appeal of a Steyr-Hahn 1912.