New Pistol called OPLOT made in Donetsk People’s Republic

Firearm designers in Donetsk have developed a new handgun called Oplot. It is a hammer fired, short barrel recoiling, tilting barrel locking semi-auto pistol. It is pretty reminiscent of Tokarev pistol and looks like its modernized version.

Call it Donetsk People’s Republic with or without “so-called” or “self-proclaimed”, call them freedom fighters or pro-Russian separatist … it is up to you. I’d suggest to set the politics aside and just enjoy the news about a new firearm.

Description

The name of the pistol itself (OPLOT (ОПЛОТ)) means bulwark, stronghold. However, it is named after the “Oplot Brigade”, which is founded by today’s leader of Donetsk People’s Republic – Alexander Zakharchenko, who actually told about this new pistol to a YouTube channel/project called War Gonzo.

Dimension-wise, Oplot is about identical to the Stechkin automatic pistol (APS). APS has an overall length of 8.8″ and height of 5.9″. In the image below you can see the APS laid over the Oplot.

The overall look and some parts on this pistol give away that it is based or at least inspired by the TT pistol. Particularly, the slide release lever and its retaining clip on the opposite side of the gun as well as the trigger are probably directly borrowed from the Tokarev pistol.

The pistol also features a Picatinny rail section on the frame, a squared trigger guard, front and rear slide serrations and a bit unusual grip shape. The slide mounted safety selector is on different sides of the slide on different images. So, it is probably reversible.

The pistol is intended to have an ability to change the calibers. It comes with two barrels and two different magazines to allow to convert it from being chambered in 7.62x25mm Tokarev to 9x19mm and vice versa. The two cartridges have identical rim diameters and rim cut geometry which makes it possible to change the calibers by simply swapping the barrels and using the proper magazines. I am pretty sure the 9x19mm can even be loaded into 7.62x25mm magazines in case of emergency.

According to Zakharchenko, the 7.62x25mm is primarily considered for the military use due to its higher penetrating capabilities. He also says that the 9x19mm is more suitable for police use. Another reason they have the option to change the caliber to 9x19mm is that it makes possible to use captured cartridges which are usually 9mm ones.

The magazines are single stack with 10 round capacity. Now, this is something that I can’t understand why. Why not to make it double stack? The gun is not based on Tokarev frames but has new ones made from ground up … so why not to design the frame to take double stack magazines? The thickness seems not to be a big concern too judging by the pretty thick grip. So that doesn’t justify the choice of single stack magazines either. Hopefully, they will later come with an explanation of their choice of a single stack design.

Manufacturing

According to Zakharchenko, the pistol is completely designed and manufactured domestically – in Donetsk. They use the manufacturing capabilities and facilities which are present in the region starting from the Soviet era. Although they do combine that with new machinery, which you’ll see in a video later in this article.

A drawing/blueprint of the Oplot pistol.

The frame and the slide are machined out of a solid block of metal. The slide is obviously a steel made one, but the material of the frame is unknown.

The barrel making process is a bit different. Instead of making long rifled barrel blanks and cutting them to the desired length, they cut the steel bars first, then drill the bore and rifle that short sections. Possibly, the lack of deep hole drilling machinery or reliable source of barrel blanks makes this method much more versatile for them.

If you understand Russian you can watch the earlier mentioned video below. If not, there is still some interesting footage of the facility and manufacturing processes. So far, this video is the first and only reliable source telling about this pistol. In fact, the images in this article are screenshots from that video.

Testing

If you watched the video, you may have noticed that they are testing the pistol on three armor vests numbered 3, 4 and 5. The numbers indicate the protection levels. However, they don’t use US bulletproof vest classification system (NIJ Standard-0101.06) but its Russian equivalent (GOST R 50744-95).

According to that Russian armor classification, a Class 3 vest must withstand a 9x19mm armor piercing bullet (7N21) fired from Yarigin pistol (a.k.a MP-443 Grach) which has a 4.4″ barrel. The shot is fired from a 5-meter distance. The mentioned bullet weighs about 80 grains and has a muzzle velocity of around 1500 fps. The Russian class 4 vest stops a 5.45x39mm and 7.62x39mm bullets and Class 5 must stop a 7.62x54R round with an armor piercing bullet (similar to US Class IV). That being said, I don’t get the point of testing the pistol on vests designed to stop AP rifle projectiles.

They are testing the pistol in 7.62x25mm configuration and looks like it penetrates the first vest. Obviously, that kind of tests won’t reveal anything new. Although the gun itself is new, the cartridge (7.62x25mm Tokarev) is a well-known one and its ballistics from a given length barrel is pretty much predictable.

Final Notes

On the reporter’s question of at what scale they are capable of making the Oplot pistol, Zakharchenko answered that they can arm the Indian army if needed. The reporter’s follow-up question was if it means they consider it for export? Zakharchenko answered that they are actually looking for export possibilities. I am pretty sure that by saying they can arm the Indian army he means they can make as much of the pistols as required.

At the end of the video, Zakharchenko also makes a very interesting statement by saying that they are developing another pistol which will be able to compete with Glocks. He admits that it is an ambitious project though.

 

As always, if more information becomes known about the further development of Oplot or about that new (yet another) Glock killer, we’ll keep our readers up to date.





Hrachya H

Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying design, technology and history of guns and ammunition. His knowledge of Russian allows him to translate and make Russian/Soviet/Combloc small arms related information available for the English speaking audience.
Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at TFBHrachyaH@gmail.com


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  • RavishedBoy

    Nice one!
    Great fan of 7.62×25 here.

  • Gordon Pasha

    “If you understand Russian you can watch the earlier mentioned video below.”

    Just noticed that the video has English subtitles. Especially the 7.62×25 version looks interesting IMO.

    • Hrachya H

      Oh, cool ! I didn’t notice that. Thank you!

  • Adam D.

    Interesting post, thank you Hrachya!

    The whole story is certainly an odd one.
    The idea is very interesting, but the design looks to be rather immature.

    They are cherry-picking ideas from the Tokarev and the Stechkin,
    OK, but at least do it right.
    No frame mounted safety? Tokarev style takedown? Seriously, in 2017?
    Single stack magazine with the thickness of a Stechkin grip?
    Yes, the APS’s grip is pretty beefy, but it’s an early double stack 9mm (Makarov) gun,
    and a true double stack.
    Having a grip as thick as a Stechkin with a 7.62 caliber single stack gun is just no bueno.
    The hammer shape is pretty questionable for me as well.

    The other thing I can’t wrap my head around is what ammo are they planning to use in this gun? Unless the Russian Federation still has some decent piles of old stock 7.62x25mm, they’ll have to manufacture new ammo.
    I’m rather curious about if there are any plans to design modern AP bullets for the cartridge.

    • Hrachya H

      My pleasure!

      Yes, it has a lot of design features that I don’t get why they included in the pistol.

    • Chris22lr

      I don’t see any resemblance to APS or even some hint of inspiration. Oplot and APS are similiar only in size, and this is not a surprise since APS was designed to be around the size of TT, so it could use the same holsters. Oplot is just a TT with cool-looking slide serrations (even the ability to convert from 7.62×25 to 9×19 is nothing new – Chinese and Serbs have been doing this for years – lineage of both 9mm Para and 7.62 Tokarev can be traced back to 7.65 Borchardt).

      As for ammo issue – it’s not an issue, 7.62x25mm is a popular pistol cartridge in eastern parts of Europe and is still produced (not to mention that there are millions cases of it in military storages).

      • Adam D.

        About the design features:
        yes, it’s mostly a Tokarev, only the size and grip shape/thickness are from the Stechkin, and the frame safety, but those are obvious traits.

        About size and ergos:
        I can assure you Chris, the TT and the APS are two totally different animals IRL, both in size and feel in the hand.
        (And the mag release on the Stechkin is just atrocious, but that has nothing to do with grip size. 🙂 )

        Ammo:
        I am from the Central Eastern part of Europe, and again,
        I can assure you, it’s not that easy to get 7.62 Tokarev as you think, and not that popular either.
        Even if it’s made in the neighboring country for instance.
        Local/regional import/export legislation, availability, price etc.
        It’s a good cartridge, I like it, but there are only archaic guns firing it, so no civilian shooters care. You can get 9mm pretty cheap, and this single reason in itself is enough to kill any other pistol cartridge in the region, but there are others too.
        Even guns historically chambered in 7.62TT are bought in 9mm variations when possible.
        So no, 7.62TT is not common. Military stockpiles?
        Well, who knows, but that’s not a civilian shooters business, at least not here.
        Would be nice to have cheap, decent quality 7.62TT in quantity though, I really dig converted ARs with PPS magazines. 🙂

    • micmac80

      7,62×25 is a long round making for a large grip , a proper dual stack might be quite large to hold .

      Donetsk has a huge storage for ww3 and no doubts milions of rounds of 7.62×25 in stock

      • Hrachya H

        5.7x28mm FN is much longer than the 7.62x25mm, yet FN Five seveN is not too terrible to hold.

  • PK

    All that work, all that design time… single stack. This is a first attempt, they’ll hammer out the bugs and develop it a bit further, I think.

    • Chris22lr

      They don’t need to – it simply a part of DPR propaganda to show that separatist not only don’t need to rely on Russian help, but they are also able to set up a complicated operation like firearms manufacture (which gives credence to the People’s Republic existence).

      In the field nobody would carry this thing – it is already obsolete and DPR have tonnes of useful firearms both captured from Ukrainian armed forces (that APS on photos could come from Ukrainian arsenal – they had a lot of them) or acquired from Russia.

      • Sermon 7.62

        Don’t need to?
        If there is all that equipment, in fact a plant, it has to produce something. Plus, these pistols can be sold. For export. Plus, there must be some amount of 7.62 ammo and TT pistols are not the easiest thing to find.

        • Malthrak

          Who are they going to export them to? Who is going to be in the market for this? I cant really see anyone interested in a machined frame single stack full size pistol these days that doesnt have some major nostalgia value.

          More to the point, what nation is going to accept sketchy firearms from an unrecognized separatist Russian enclave, embroiled in active conflict, past any sort of customs control?

          • Sermon 7.62

            First of all, the neighbouring Luhansk People’s Republic, and also Transnistria; perhaps, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, too.

          • derpmaster

            Glory to Arstotzka!

          • Sermon 7.62
          • int19h

            They can only export these to someone who 1) recognizes them, and 2) either shares a border directly, or via other countries that also recognize them. No-one else would touch this with a ten foot pole, because arms deals with unrecognized states in the middle of an armed conflict are a very good way to get yourself dragged into a couple of international courts, and have sanctions slapped on you in the meantime.

            Note, in particular, that Russia does not recognize them as anything other than parts of Ukraine, officially. So shipments of arms from Donetsk to, say, South Ossetia or Transnistria would be rather problematic.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Air transportation.

            But first of all, it is not clear at the moment how the situation is going to progress.

          • ron

            I’d bet they could sell thousands here if the price was right. Some guys just like oddball guns. The fact that it is available in 9mm is a plus in the US market. I for sure would by one as a collector piece if the price was say, $300 or less.

          • Budi Utomo

            Good point. Better quality than Chinese.

          • Malthrak

            They may sell purely as war curios, in the same way Chinese mystery pistols do, but that’d be about it, though they’ll never see US shores.

          • Budi Utomo

            Russia will include them in an arms package. Buy Russian AK’s/RPG’s whatever, have Donetsk Oplots thrown in (maybe for free, maybe buy one get two- who knows). Quite common tactic for arms manufacturers.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Right. lol
          Im sure governments are lining up to buy this POS.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I agree that this is a POS, but for the start, not so bad.
            The fact is the plant has began making something, and as he said there’ll be more products in the future.

        • micmac80

          Donetsk is/was home to ‘Europes’ largest arms storage Soviets created in disused coal mines for WW3 and was allways equiped to arm cca 3+milion men ,They also had some 2000 MBTs in open storage, no TT is not hard to find in Donetsk.

          Donetsk is the most armed region in the world.

          • Sermon 7.62

            TT is hard to find, it costs about $1.000 in Russia.

          • RocketScientist

            1 Dollar? Thats pretty damn cheap. Couple questions though:

            – I know things haven’t been going so good for y’all since you got rid of those Czars, but has it really gotten so bad you’re using the dollar? Thats gotta hit you right in the national pride.

            – Do you guys really go out to three decimal points? Though I guess if your economy is such crap you have to adopt your worst enemies currency, probably not too surprising you’re out scraping for 1/1000 of a a buck. That also makes sense about you saying how its rare/expensive and costs a buck, thats probably a LOT of money to ya (i mean, if you’re counting every tenth of a cent I guess an entire whole dollar would be extravagance)

          • MeaCulpa

            Nice snark and all but different countries and languages uses different ways of separating the zeros; as an example on thousan is Swedish used to be written 1.000 beacause the point has no mathematical meaning in Swedish as we use commas instead of points for decimals 1.000 was one thousand and 1,000 was (and still is) one written with four significant figures.

          • Sermon 7.62

            This must be complicated for a rocket scientist.
            Don’t confuse him.

          • Sermon 7.62

            1 in 4 Americans Apparently Unaware the Earth Orbits the Sun

            “When asked that question, 1 in 4 Americans surveyed answered incorrectly. Yes, 1 in 4. In other words, a quarter of Americans do not understand one of the most fundamental principles of basic science.

            “And the fact that only 74 percent of participants knew that the Earth revolved around the sun is perhaps less alarming than the fact that only 48 percent knew that humans evolved from earlier species of animals.

          • Blackhorse

            Poll
            Earth revolves around the Sun
            US 79%
            Germans 74%
            UK 67%
            Sun revolves around the Earth
            US 18%
            Germans 16%
            UK 19%
            The difference is “not sure/don’t know”

            As for “evolution”.
            Considering you multiple religions that believe in “intelligent design” I’m surprised it’s even that high.
            Even your Dear Leader Putin says he believes in God. Which by definition would exclude “evolution”. That is unless he is just lying to get his voters/subjects/serfs votes.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I have no leader and have no need of a leader.

          • Blackhorse

            That’s irrelevant to the facts.

          • Sermon 7.62

            You said I had a leader. That’s a fact.

          • Blackhorse

            No I said “Even your Dear Leader Putin says he believes in God.” So you’re now saying you don’t live in Russia and Putin isn’t the leader of Russia?

            Which is irrelevant to the poll you distorted compared to the facts of the poll.

          • Sermon 7.62

            I am not from Russia, and I quoted the poll as it is.

          • Blackhorse

            No you quoted the Headlines with the 1/4 BS. The poll/survey had only 18% not 25%. Which is less than 1 of 5 (1/5). Plus 79% knew the correct answer.
            Now 32% of Russians said the Sun revolves around the Earth. Less than 60% of Russians answered it correctly. A little less than 1 of 3 got the answer wrong.
            Try again

          • Sermon 7.62

            No, bro, I quoted the source “as is”. I quote again:

            To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.

            48 percent said “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

            You got the wrong poll!

          • Blackhorse

            Post your source.
            2014 poll is what I have

          • Sermon 7.62
          • Blackhorse

            I’ve found yours.
            It states the EU had even worse numbers than the US and Russia even worse than the EU.
            Your poll has 74% got it correct, 19% got it wrong, and 7% didn’t answer or wasn’t sure (which the poll falsely counts as wrong answers).

          • Sermon 7.62

            That means a lot of people are dumb and retarded.

          • Budi Utomo

            Hasbara or US COINTELPROP?

          • Blackhorse

            Hahaha another antisemitic cool aid drinking Putin Tool.

          • Budi Utomo

            Hasbara it is. Worried about the huge illegal donations to the settler movement from profits from Ukrainian sexual trafficking from the Israeli mob, operating as they have done for centuries, from Odessa?

          • Blackhorse

            That’s it?
            Nice story telling you have there, considering Israel hasn’t even been a state for a century.
            Me, Jewish? LMFAO
            You’re so pathetic you use the same lame BS hundreds of pro Putin Tools have used before. It may seem insulting or derogatory to you antisemitic dim witted twits but it has almost zero effect on normal people.

          • Blackhorse

            Zastava still makes three versions of the TT new.
            M27 classic 7.62 model
            M70A 9 mm version
            M88A 9 mm compact version
            Multiple nations are still importing them to the US.
            Now for the average Russian citizen it may be hard to find. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any in storage still somewhere, including in Donbas.

          • Sermon 7.62

            TT is considered a collector’s piece.

          • Blackhorse

            I’m a collector and own multiple versions (none cost more than $350 new and $250 used) and that changes the subject how exactly?

          • Sermon 7.62

            Should that change the subject?

          • Blackhorse

            It being a “collector’s piece” is irrelevant to Zastava producing TT pistols.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Last time I checked Serbia was far from Russia.

          • Blackhorse

            True and it’s even a lot farther from the US and they manage to be sold here.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Perhaps so, but US is not Russia.

          • Blackhorse

            Which still doesn’t change the fact that Zastava manufactures it still today.
            It is your problem it’s hard to get in Russia not mine.
            In my original post I had stated the difference of Russia. Quote “Now for the average Russian citizen it may be hard to find.”

          • Sermon 7.62

            It’s not a problem, just a fact.
            In Russia, TT is hard to find, since most of them were sold and sent to some commie countries a long time ago.

          • Blackhorse

            My original post had,
            “Now for the average Russian citizen it may be hard to find.”
            You’re arguing a point I never disagreed with.
            Which was my answer T your original post,
            “TT is hard to find, it costs about $1.000 in Russia.”
            I just stated it can be found from other places and is still manufactured.
            You didn’t state it was hard to find in Russia and only mentioned cost in Russia.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Read comments in context.

          • Blackhorse

            I did and your sentence literally means “TT is hard to find (everywhere), in Russia it costs $1.000 (only Russia)”. Which outside Russia it isn’t hard to find and cheaper.
            Its like saying
            “Water is plentiful, in the desert it’s dry”
            If you meant only Russia you should of said “TT is hard to find in Russia and it costs about $1.000.”

          • Sermon 7.62

            The context in this case is another comment, man 🙂

          • Blackhorse

            So two separate comments?
            That’s exactly what I posted above

          • Sermon 7.62

            Are you playing a fool?

          • Budi Utomo

            Wow- learn something new everyday. How does Kalingrad compare to Donetsk?

      • derpmaster

        Exactly this. This thing is a pimp my gun Tokarev built by some dude in his machine shop. Pure propaganda.

        I don’t have my M57 near me for comparison, but the trigger, barrel, barrel bushing, and slide stop look basically identical.

        • RH

          Yes, and don’t forget the hammer, which appears to be exactly the same as the Tok, and means it’s probably got that same hammer spring riding in a drilled hole all the way out to the end of the hammer bob. So, I’m guessing the internals are all Tokarev, except maybe the safety. The frame appears to have a little more of a grip angle, which is an improvement.

    • Anonymoose

      I would really dig a (semi-auto) Stechkin in 7.62Tok, provided it had hi-cap doublestack magazines.

      • PK

        Me, too! Semi-auto anything in pistol format, true pistol format, with double-stack magazines, in 7.62x25mm would be a nearly instant purchase for me.

        I even tried, repeatedly, to get my hands on some of the magazines from Pakistan so that I could build something myself. Oh, well.

        • Wow!

          It isn’t hard to make it yourself. Magazines can be made simply by welding barstock together to make the male die (to the dimension of your double stack), and welding up a female die like how AK flats are bent. You need a hydraulic press which is cheap. Feed lips are bent around two rods welded together and recessed on the bottom to compensate for the offset between the front and rear mag walls. You can get very precisely bent feed ramps this way.

          Mag springs can be easily bent over two round barstock mandrels using winding arms that overwind each turn to compensate for spring back so you get a rectangular shaped spring rather than a triangular one.

          The handgun itself can be made a variety of ways. The first time I did it I used a G30 frame as a host and made a new slide, barrel and added spacers. It worked okay as a proof of concept but it is better to make the handgun from scratch.

          I wish I had time to run a youtube channel because I could just document a new build for you, but you can get details from weaponsguild or homegunsmith forums.

          • PK

            Frankly, you must be better at getting just the right mag geometry than I am. Anything smaller than magnum rifle cartridges, I find it hard to make something which runs reliably.

            Making handguns, no issue there, making guns in general isn’t an issue for me… except the magazines. As long as I have mags to work from, I make what I desire if it isn’t on the market!

            It’s a good way to be, I’m on WG and Roderus’ forums and have been for years. I don’t save money over just buying thigns… but I end up with more guns, and I enjoy them more!

          • Wow!

            Nice. They are great communities.

            I’m kind of surprised because rifle magazines (even fairly straight cartridges like x51) are usually harder to make. I’m not using anything special. By the way, the magazines I used are dual feed double stack, not single feed double stack. Everything is square to each other, no angles or anything. Think how the Colt 9mm smg mags are made. While subcalibers do have some taper on the catridge the effect is mostly negligible and is self correcting when the feed lips are perpendicular (think kind of how 22lr straight magazines work). I don’t know how disquis works, but if you PM me I can send you the exact dimensions I used for x25. For up to around 20 rounds you can have a straight mag, any more and curved is probably best. Subcalibers like 9,40, and 45 are basically straight so you can make it as long as possible.

          • PK

            I can’t figure out a way to PM you, but it’s been long enough I doubt too many people will see my reply (other than you, it’ll notify you) so here’s my e-mail address…

            p.t.kovacs81 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

          • Wow!

            Email received. Delete ASAP.

    • Darren Hruska

      You know, I do believe there would most certainly be a market for a double-stack 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistol in the American civilian market. Sadly, there’s practically no choices. The Dominion Arms P762 is banned from import, the PPS-43C is really only a “pistol” by the ATF’s definition of such, and practically everything else is a one-off custom conversion job of Glocks and M1911s.

      • PK

        PPS-43 does have double stack, but as you point out it’s hardly a pistol. Although, in the vein of that one .22lr pistol with a curved magazine entering from the front of the grip, perhaps I now have an interesting idea to try!

      • Adam D.

        Hmm, I’ve just googled this P762, looks verrry interesting!
        Are these guns any good, Darren?

        • Darren Hruska

          You’d have to ask somebody from Canada. Being a Chinese import, I’m sure there may be differing in quality among examples. It’s still one of the only options for a double-stack 7.62x25mm Tokarev pistol, nonetheless.

          • Adam D.

            Oh, I see, so it’s a Norinco.
            They’re making some pretty decent weapons.
            Thanks for the info, I’ll check it out!

      • Wow!

        There WAS a market when surplus x25 was readily available. Once it dried up so did the x25 conversion kits and a few were getting ready to sell glock x25 conversion kits.

        The x25 is not dead as it can be reformed cheaply from 5.56 brass (and short enough where you can use cracked x35 brass) but you have to be a reloader and few are. Those who do handload also tend to have or willingness to learn the technical ability’s to make their own x25 handguns. Personally the best factory option to x25 is the 22 TCM which is a pretty well thought out cartridge.

    • yuri_nahl

      Many single stacks are thought highly of these days. You don’t absolutely have to have a fat assed double stack hanging off your body do you? Better to have both isn’t it? Your 1911 will seem really slim and girlish after you fondle your C-Z clone! Bless you and good luck to us all, amigo.

      • PK

        That is a fair point. A TT33 is noticeably thinner after carrying something like the Glock 19.

        • Dr. Daniel Jackson

          Don’t forget that thinness helps make it easier to conceal as well. I can conceal a fullsize 5″ 1911 a little easier than a glock 19,but a tokarev is thinner than both. A tokarev I could carry in the summer with no issues other than rust.

    • noob

      and the grip panels look like they’d cut into your palms after a while.

  • Denny

    Conversion capability from 7.62mm Tokarev to 9mm Para is not that new. Some pistols of ex-Czech military vz.52 imported to US had that capability. All it needed was to change barrel, everything else was the same.

    When comes to single stock magazine I do not see that much of disadvantage. For one, there is smaller difference between weight and behavior of unloaded and fully loaded weapon.

  • Denny

    It may be just a wishful thinking; to develop double action striker fired pistol on level of Glock is enormous challenge for rebel Donetsk region. I am not even sure if Russia proper will agree to anything in that direction, challenging their own developments.

    But, rebel mind is a strong mind – look at U.S. history lessons.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Croatia was able to develop the hs2000 under fairly similar circumstances

      • Denny

        True, and they think they make “best pistol in the world”. The thing looks like Matel.

        • Dracon1201

          And works as well as any Glock 🙂

  • Edeco

    is the barrel 5.4″? I might be reading that wrong but if so, neat.

    I wouldn’t mind the single stack if it were really thin and ergonomic. But there’s too much meat below the hammer, I don’t think it would point wonderfully. Wish they’d gone with striker ignition.

    • Hrachya H

      Yes, 139mm … about 5.5″.

  • Voice from East

    Обойма, стартовая скорость, “убойная сила”… б#ть ну сколько можно? 🙂 Такие материалы и такая тотальная безграмотность…
    P.S. Indeed, weird choice of design pattern. Wish they remake Glock in 7.62×25, double stack, what would be a bomb.

  • DW

    Any new Tokarev that is as stronk as CZ52?

    • Denny

      Actually, I consider Tok. to be stronger than vz.52, in long term for sure. It is foolproof design with some clever innovation in hammer area.

      • Edeco

        I’ve read that the TT-33 is stronger. Counterintuitive because the CZ52 is newer and looks indestructible, whereas the TT-33 looks like like a derpy amazon-seller counterfeit of a 1903 Colt.

        • Samuel Millwright

          Tt33 is indeed the stronger action.

          That’s why handloaders that like run tokarev ammo really hot do so from tt-33.

          The 52 just doesn’t take abuse as well

    • nonobaddog

      TT-33 stronk like bull.

  • Brett baker

    And…. we won’t be importing it.

    • Paul Rain

      Restrictions on firearms. Sad!

    • int19h

      No-one will be importing it. As far as everyone is concerned, it’s a part of Ukraine, so you’d need to do all the ITAR paperwork with the Ukrainian government to even get started on that. I think I know what they’d say to that.

  • Disarmed in CA

    10-round single stack. Our Komrades are thinking of their brethren in Kalifornistan 🙂

    • Paveway

      single stack box sheet metal mags are the easiest to design, engineer and manufacture in what I have to assume is a cottage industry.

  • glasspix

    You should have put that ‘Donetsk Peoples Rep’ in commas, it is Ukrainian sovereign territorry occupied by Russian sponsored invaders who shoot down civilian aircraft. Who cares what they manufacture there.

    • Nicks87

      Is that what the fake news told you? If you live in a country where you feel the govt is not representative of you and they don’t want to listen to your concerns then armed resistance might be the next step. I don’t blame them for not wanting to bow down to the EU and their open borders policy.

    • Sermon 7.62
      • Nicks87

        It’s been a divided country for over 500 years but now the American media wants to tell everyone who’s side we are supposed to be on? Ok, whatever.

        • Sermon 7.62

          “Just go with the cash flow”.

    • Hrachya H

      I actually care what they manufacture there and don’t care at all how they are called.

      • Ronnie Kappler

        You have no business here Hrachya, and I see your what you are trying to do.

        • Hrachya H

          That’s your second comment in DISQUS…good job!

  • Kyle Blaylock

    I would straight-up unapologetically buy this.

    • .45

      Hey, if it came into the US at a cool cool retail around $200 like those Canik pistols, I probably would. Looks like fun.

      • Blackhorse

        Zastava makes it still today.
        Surplus TT can be found almost all the time.

        • Kyle Blaylock

          But, but, but… Muh rails

          • Blackhorse

            Hahaha there is that.
            Considering Donbas is under sanctions it won’t happen for years at best.

  • Ronnie Kappler

    I am sad that TFB has became a platform for rude russian propaganda thanx to a wannabe firearms expert from Armenia. Common TFB, you are better than this.

    • Sermon 7.62

      I knew that Hasbara trolls get red alert e-mails from the Internet Army of Ukraine.
      QRF! Rescue Team.

    • Hrachya H

      Man, if you see the amount of commie articles I am preparing, you would probably blame me in hacking the US elections 🙂

      New gun is a new gun and deserves to be covered regardless the place it is made and people who made it.

      • Denny

        When I saw heading, I was wondering when you run into an idiot. Here it is; it was bound to happen.

        Keep on doing your good work. You have excellent and impartial reputation among firearms enthusiasts world-wide!

        • Hrachya H

          Thank you, sir! I am glad you enjoy my articles!

    • Hrachya H

      If you take a closer look, you’ll see that I also write about Ukrainian manufacturers and guns. If it is something worthy, I’ll write about it no matter if it is made by Nazi Germany, ISIS, Martians or Goblins. We are about firearms, not politics!

      • Sermon 7.62

        You should have mentioned IWI, too.
        It fits.

  • Ed

    Think it’s a propaganda pice on the separatists forging there own nation. Overall looks like a modernised TT-33, reminds me of the Tokarev 213 the Chinese imported for commercial use. Like so many other Russian 9mm the have slot of hype about them. But in the end most grunts still use Makarovs.

  • Mmmtacos

    So it’s a Tokarev with a picatinny rail? Got it.

  • mazkact

    That’s sexy right there. Love Tokarevs but hate slide mounted safeties.

  • Gregory Peter Dupont

    An auspicious start. Me likey.

  • Benjamin Goldstein

    Now who can send one to Australia…..?? I need one….

  • ron

    Of course I need one of these. The DNR are the good guys. i’m planning a visit there this coming spring.

  • Max Glazer

    In former USSR there are plenty of Tokarev pistols around. Some are still being dug up from ground since WW2. Being made for production in simplest way possible it wouldn’t surprise me that people took the thing apart, made sufficient measurements and designed their own. Many people in Russia and Ukraine were taught Technical Drawing at school as well as how to manufacture own tools and mechanisms using basic lathes and other machining tools. I remember doing exactly that back in Grade 5, 6 and in Year 7 at school. Now look at that manufacturing hangar with rather modern CNC machines. I’ll bet they were there since before the conflict in Donbass took place. People of Donbass aren’t retarded. There are enough people there that have degrees and experience required to input required program into those CNC machines.

    Regarding ammo availability. Guess what? Lugansk has an ammunition plant. One that has developed the 7N10 round for AK-74. Given that there are still mines that dig up coal as well as metal, availability of raw materials isn’t all that unbelievable. Donbass has always been where most of Ukrainian heavy industries were located.

    Statement about arming India was clearly a joke. If you watch Zakharchenkos face you’ll see him wink at the interviewer. At most they will arm themselves with those.

  • Blue Centurion

    They are also developing a Time Machine so they can all go back to 1960 and be part of the Great Soviet Union…and be happy forthwith!

  • Rollin Shultz

    It is good to see the people of Donetsk are still able to do anything at all after the merciless pounding they have received at the hands of the US coup led Western Ukranian puppets.

    Author quote: The barrel making process is a bit different. Instead of making long rifled barrel blanks and cutting them to the desired length, they cut the steel bars first, then drill the bore and rifle that short sections. Possibly, the lack of deep hole drilling machinery or reliable source of barrel blanks makes this method much more versatile for them.
    I submit although it may be due to lack of longer drill capacity, and/or Lathes, the concept of cutting the barrels first delivers better drilling precision as the shorter blanks are more rigid and will flex less under pressure of cutting tools. Their jig also negates the need for a tail stock setup.

    One design issue I see is that they allowed the frame section under the barrel to follow the tilted slide. So anything mounted to the Picatinny rail will point slightly downward.

  • Capn Stefano

    These folks consider reliability to be #1 and I suspect this is why the single stack pistol mags, and therefore the virtual copy of one of the most reliable pistol designs ever fielded. Indeed you can use the same mag for 9MM and 7.62 x 25 in the same Tok. I found a Norinco 9MM barrel used and it works perfectly in my East Block Toks

  • Lyle

    Looks like a tilt barrel with Browning style lockup. I was hoping it was going to be a new version of the roller-lockup Vz. 52. The 52 has a simpler take-down procedure, and its recoil spring being coaxial to the barrel makes for a very low profile.

  • Budi Utomo

    Simple, gets the job done. Good on them.

  • steveday72

    The blueprint shows that it’s based on the 1911 mechanism.

  • Matt Rhodes Âû

    As an American that helped the oppressed people of Crimea and Donbass rise up and combat the Nazis in charge of Ukraine, I can tell you that these weapons are going to be great. The rebels are some of the brightest people you could ever hope to meet, and I miss being over there greatly.