Soviet TT30-33 close up
Clockwise from top right: 1935 TT30, 1941 TT33, 1942 TT33, 1949 TT33. Note the external appearance of the TT30 & the 41 TT33 are identical without being able to see the backstrap, grips are a hard plastic, vertically grooved w/a star in a circle w/CCCP between the points of the star. The '42 TT33 is a rough wartime variation w/original wooden grips, reportedly used 42/43. The last TT33, top left is a Postwar, 1949 mfg, note the slide serrations which were changed to a fine serration compared to the earlier guns which had less serrations & were much wider. This particular pistol has a variant set of grips, instead of the star in a circle it has a triangle which normally is associated w/Ishevsk Arsenal but there is reference that this particular marking is in fact a Tula ID for guns that were made on Tula machinery that had been relocated in the Ishevsk area during WW2, the 42 & the 49 dated pistols both have a triange inside a circle mfg mark on the frames. The grips on the 49 reportedly were made at the end of the war & were fitted to 1945 date TT33's. Most of this information is from Fred Datig's exc book on the Tokarev Pistol which should be in the library of any Tok collector, or Soviet collector for that matter!
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