The TT-30 (7.62 mm Samozarjadnyi Pistolet Tokareva Obraztsa 1933 goda), is a semi-automatic pistol developed by Fedor Tokarev for the Soviet military to replace the old Nagant M1895 revolvers in use since Tsarist times. The TT-33 (Tokarev-Tula) was adopted in 1933 and was widely used by Soviet troops during World War II.  Mechanically and externally, the TT-33 is similar to the blowback operated FN Model 1903 automatic pistol in design and function,

combined with Browning's short recoil principle and a much simpler hammer/sear assembly with an external hammer. This assembly is removable from the weapon as a single unit and includes cartridge guides that provide reliable functioning.

The single action trigger had no safeties, other than a disconnector to prevent out-of-battery fire, and a half-cock notch on the hammer.  The only safe way to carry the TT is to always have an empty chamber.  The Soviet Union delivered thousands of TT-30s to the Communist North Vietnamese as well as African Liberation Movements.

Type: Semi-automatic pistol
Place of Origin: Soviet Union
In Service: 1930-1951
Designed: 1930 (TT-30)
Number Built: 1,700,000
Weight: 840 g
Length: 196 mm
Barrel Length: 116 mm
Cartridge: 7.62 x 25 mm TT (7.62 Tokarev)
Calibre: 7.62mm (.30")
Action: Single action, recoil-actuated
Muzzle Velocity: 420 m/s
Feed System: 8 round box magazine
Sights: Fixed Blade (front), U-notch (rear) sights, factory zeroed for 25 meters.