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084 SOVIET PISTOLS: Tokarev, Makarov, Stechkin and Others

084 SOVIET PISTOLS: Tokarev, Makarov, Stechkin and Others
by Thompson, Leroy

1-975084

Featuring archive and present-day photography and specially commissioned artwork, this reference work reveals the development and combat use of the pistols that armed the forces of the Soviet Union and its allies during and after WWII.

In 1930, the TT, a single-action semi-automatic pistol developed by Fedor Vasilyevich Tokarev and firing 7.62x25mm ammunition, began to supplement the venerable Nagant M1895 revolver in Soviet military service. From 1933 the TT-33, a simplified version, was also issued; all three would equip Soviet and proxy forces throughout and after World War II, seeing action across the globe.

In 1951 a new pistol designed by Nikolay Fyodorovich Makarov entered Soviet service; it became the primary Soviet military and police sidearm during the Cold War era and continued in use into the 21st century. The 9x18mm Makarov round was used in various weapons used by Soviet allies, notably the Czech vz 82, the Hungarian FEG PA63 and the Polish P64 and P83. The PM was quickly joined by the Stechkin machine pistol. Other specialized versions of the Makarov were developed, including the PB suppressed version and the 5.45x18mm PSM, a more compact version. Initially developed in 1990, the improved PMM version of the Makarov was intended primarily to increase the stopping power of the 9x18mm round by chambering a higher-pressure load.

1 vol, 80 pgs 2022 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-pb, available mid October 2022 ......$22.00 rct

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