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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by hammer33, Dec 11, 2016.

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  1. hammer33

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    Hello all, I am new to the forum and thought I would take the time to share some pics of a Tokarev I recently built. It Started out as a TT-C Romanian, lots of work went into jeweling the trigger, hammer, barrel hood, and bushing. I put in a norinco chrome lined barrel and cut new dovetails for beretta sights. Also refinished the entire pistol. It has been a fun project to add a fancy twist to an old classic. I'd like to hear what you have to say and see some other toks!
     

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    I prefer my Tokarevs and other milsurps in their original format, but that is an interesting firearm. Where did you find the white grips?
     
  3. hammer33

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    I actually found them on eBay, turns out the seller has a business here in Georgia making grips for all sorts of surplus pistols. Tillander gun grips is the name of the business
     
  4. Panzerschwein

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    Pretty Tok!! Here is my Romanian TTC:

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  5. Tallball

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    Nice work! I like the way it looks. I was shooting mine just yesterday. They are good pistols.
     
  6. gripper

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    Are you going to do anything with the aftermarket safety?
     
  7. Lokichoki

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    I am looking to find a good tokarev for awhile now I missed my opportunities a couple of years back at the $170 price. I do like the jeweling and was contemplating doing that I think I will after seeing it but instead of following the trigger curve I would run it vertical (parallel with the grip pattern) and go a little smaller but not much, welcome to THR btw I have recently joined too and have enjoyed the knowledge and (mostly) the kind spirits.
     
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  8. Gun Master

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    They're great because the Tokarev is basically the Browning / 1911 system.
    I have two. A 1941 Russian in 7.62mm, and the other a Chinese Model 54? in 9mm.
    I hate the required import safety. My Russian doesn't have it. Half cock IS the safety.
     
  9. gojuice101

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    Nice work. Been looking recently for a Tokarev myself, because I like old milsurps and the 7.62 Tokarev round is interesting to me. However, I keep coming upon other deals in the meantime so the Tokarev keeps getting pushed back. Eventually I'll get one. My gun want list appears to be growing out of hand....
     
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    sweet
     
  11. hammer33

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    I was going to fill and weld the hole but i decided against it. the safety isn't in a terrible location it just looks ugly
     
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    Nice work on your part but a bit gaudy for me, i have a couple of the Romanian Tokorev's and a Yugo which i like the best because they are left with the natural finish and wear plus they point a bit better because of the longer grip. Anyone who desires one of the Combloc pistols should not snooze or you will loose. I have seen so many weapons imported in numbers that they could not possibly run out....and have. The FN High Powers from Israel are just about gone, it is a shame because they are great pistols at a reasonable price. My friend is a gun bluer by profession and made mine look like FN just shipped them from Herstal.
     
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    Hi, hammer33, welcome to THR!

    Such milsurp mods do not appeal to me but it looks like you have done a very good job of it on your pistol. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    I have 11 TT33s or Variants (3 of them Soviet TT33s w/o the add-on safeties, btw) and all are in original condition, so my taking pics of them would be a waste of time/effort.
     
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    Since it is unlikely I will ever find a Colt 1908 I can afford, the Tokarev seems a nice consolation prize. I am fascinated by the cartridge's potential.

    The OP dressed up that old iron nicely. Shows well.

    Curious if anyone has ever nickel plated one of these.
     
  15. RX-79G

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    Does anyone bob the firing pin on these to make them inertial? People used to do that with Star pistols.
     
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    Did the nifty grips come with the mounting hardware? I'm thinking I might like to get some of those for my old beast.
     
  17. hammer33

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    yes they did, took some minor fitting on the grips and hardware to give it the clearance it needed but the are tight and look great.
     
  18. hammer33

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    I thought about bobbing the hammer and putting an adjustable rear sight on but came up with two possible issues that could potentially arise; 1 the lower hammer mass may not have the "uumphh" (for lack of a better term) to set off the primers found in some of the surplus ammo. #2 and the reason i didn't do it is because the "real" safety on these is the half cock notch. In half cock it completely locks the firearm. You cannot even pull the slide rearward until the hammer is fully cocked. This would make for a major pain if for some reason the slide ever got pulled back enough to set to half cock and then released. Anyways hope that somewhat answered your question
     
  19. RX-79G

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    How is that possible?
     
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    half cock was the safety when the hammer is in that position it blocks the slide from moving rearward and the trigger cannot be pulled
     
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    That isn't what I asked. What mechanism makes it so you can't move the slide at half cock? It is the same sear arrangement as a 1911.
     
  22. Chernobyl Enthusiast

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    Yep. And a little M1903, you will recognize the similarities when you see it.

    Yeah, but be careful. If you drop it on the hammer spur, it will shear parts and fire. I recommend carrying class 3, (empty chamber). But don't drop guns anyway.

    I recommend this to everyone; before using/carrying a Tokarev, read this.
    http://www.kegisland.com/tokarev-tt-33-tips.html

    Tokarevs are excellent pistols, you just have to know how to treat them.


    Thanks, and have a nice day!
     
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  23. Eugen

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    OP, very creative work to personalize your gun. I prefer originality of classic pistols, but enjoy seeing custom work that makes owners happy. I am sure you will enjoy it! Thanks for sharing the story and pics.
     
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