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27th Jul '16 6:10:20 AM dlchen145
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[[quoteright:260:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/greetingsfromsmersh.jpeg]]The Tokarev TT Pistol was designed by Fedor Tokarev in 1930. The pistol was based on John Browning's 1903 and 1911 pistols, albeit with a significant number of improvements, such as making the locking lugs go all the way around the barrel, making the recoil spring fully captive around the guide rod, and making the trigger assembly one piece, and generally making the gun simpler yet tougher. The TT was intended to replace the obsolete [[{{CoolGuns/Revolvers}} Nagant Revolver]] in the Soviet Army; ultimately, however, both weapons continued service until 1952, when they were both replaced by the above-mentioned Makarov pistol . The first model was the TT-30 pistol, but the most noticeable model was the TT-33. The 7.62 Tokarev cartridge used for the pistol was based on the 7.63 Mauser cartridge that was used for the aforementioned Mauser C96 pistol. Captured Tokarevs can use the Mauser cartridge, however the Tokarev cartridge cannot do the same with the C96 Mauser due to higher pressures; German soldiers took a liking to Soviet pistol-caliber weapons as a result, because they had plenty of 7.63mm to feed them with if stolen Russian ammo was in short supply. 7.62x25 is a hot cartridge that exceeds 400m/s even out of handgun barrels, has excellent performance against obstacles and soft armor, and has excellent proven lethality, plus also not being particularly hard to control, if a bit loud and flashy. As is typical for Russian weapons of the time, the TT-33 could continue operating normally even after suffering a ridiculous amount of abuse - feed lips were even machined into the receiver so the weapon could still be reliably used with damaged magazines. The only downside is that the push-button style magazine release is something inherently prone to accidental drops -- the later Makarov used a more traditional heel-mounted release lever, rather than the American-style button near the trigger guard like the TT-33, in an effort to prevent this. During the Cold War, this pistol had reached out to countries associated with the Soviet Union like the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Vietnam. Another variant of the TT pistol was the Chinese Norinco Type 54; known as "Black Star" for the star on the grip, where it has infamous ties with [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese Triads]] due to vast numbers sold in the black market. It was also used by the Yakuza as many Type 54 pistols were smuggled into Japan. A drawback of the TT is the difficulty of safe carry (non-Chinese or Yugoslav Tokarevs have no manual safety and rely on a half-cock notch for the hammer; import into the US requires installation of a manual safety but very few of these are made very well, apart from guns purposefully designed with them, such as Zastava's M57 and M70a, which, coincidentally have a higher magazine capacity of 9 rounds.).

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[[quoteright:260:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/greetingsfromsmersh.jpeg]]The Tokarev TT Pistol was designed by Fedor Tokarev in 1930. The pistol was based on John Browning's 1903 and 1911 pistols, albeit with a significant number of improvements, modifications, such as making the locking lugs go all the way around the barrel, making the recoil spring fully captive around the guide rod, and making the trigger assembly one piece, and generally making the gun simpler yet tougher. and easier to maintain The TT was intended to replace the obsolete [[{{CoolGuns/Revolvers}} Nagant Revolver]] in the Soviet Army; ultimately, however, both weapons continued service until 1952, when they were both replaced by the above-mentioned Makarov pistol .pistol. The first model was the TT-30 pistol, but the most noticeable model was the TT-33. The 7.62 62x25mm Tokarev cartridge used for the pistol was based on the 7.63 Mauser cartridge that was used for the aforementioned Mauser C96 pistol. It is a hot cartridge that exceeds 400m/s even out of handgun barrels, has excellent performance against obstacles and soft armor, and is not particularly hard to control, if a bit loud and flashy. Captured Tokarevs can use the Mauser cartridge, however the Tokarev cartridge cannot do the same with the C96 Mauser due to higher pressures; German soldiers took a liking to Soviet pistol-caliber weapons as a result, because they had plenty of 7.63mm to feed them with if stolen Russian ammo was in short supply. 7.62x25 is a hot cartridge that exceeds 400m/s even out of handgun barrels, has excellent performance against obstacles and soft armor, and has excellent proven lethality, plus also not being particularly hard to control, if a bit loud and flashy. As is typical for Russian weapons of the time, the TT-33 could continue operating normally even after suffering a ridiculous amount of abuse - feed lips were even machined into the receiver so the weapon could still be reliably used with damaged magazines. The only downside is that the push-button style magazine release is something inherently prone to accidental drops -- the later Makarov used a more traditional heel-mounted release lever, rather than the American-style button near the trigger guard like the TT-33, in an effort to prevent this. During the Cold War, this pistol had reached out to countries associated with the Soviet Union like the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Vietnam. Another variant of the TT pistol was the Chinese Norinco Type 54; known as "Black Star" for the star on the grip, where it has infamous ties with [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese Triads]] due to vast numbers sold in the black market. It was also used by the Yakuza as many Type 54 pistols were smuggled into Japan. A drawback of the TT is the difficulty of safe carry (non-Chinese or Yugoslav Tokarevs have no manual safety and rely on a half-cock notch for the hammer; import into the US requires installation of a manual safety but very few of these are made very well, apart from guns purposefully designed with them, such as Zastava's M57 and M70a, which, coincidentally have a higher magazine capacity of 9 rounds.).
25th Jul '16 4:26:52 PM dlchen145
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[[quoteright:260:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/greetingsfromsmersh.jpeg]]The Tokarev TT Pistol was designed by Fedor Tokarev in 1930. The pistol was based on John Browning's 1903 and 1911 pistols, albeit with a significant number of improvements, such as making the locking lugs go all the way around the barrel, making the recoil spring fully captive around the guide rod, and making the trigger assembly one piece, and generally making the gun simpler yet tougher. The TT was designed to replace the obsolete [[{{CoolGuns/Revolvers}} Nagant Revolver]] in the Soviet Army. However since there was a vast number of revolvers, it didn't exactly phase it out so much as compliment it; the M1895 continued service until it and the TT were both replaced by the above-mentioned Makarov pistol in 1952. The first model was the TT-30 pistol, but the most noticeable model was the TT-33. The 7.62 Tokarev cartridge used for the pistol was based on the 7.63 Mauser cartridge that was used for the aforementioned Mauser C96 pistol. Captured Tokarevs can use the Mauser cartridge, however the Tokarev cartridge cannot do the same with the C96 Mauser due to higher pressures; German soldiers took a liking to Soviet pistol-caliber weapons as a result, because they had plenty of 7.63mm to feed them with if stolen Russian ammo was in short supply. 7.62x25 is a hot cartridge that exceeds 400m/s even out of handgun barrels, has excellent performance against obstacles and soft armor, and has excellent proven lethality, plus also not being particularly hard to control, if a bit loud and flashy. As is typical for Russian weapons of the time, the TT-33 could continue operating normally even after suffering a ridiculous amount of abuse - feed lips were even machined into the receiver so the weapon could still be reliably used with damaged magazines. The only downside is that the push-button style magazine release is something inherently prone to accidental drops -- the later Makarov used a more traditional heel-mounted release lever, rather than the American-style button near the trigger guard like the TT-33, in an effort to prevent this. During the Cold War, this pistol had reached out to countries associated with the Soviet Union like the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Vietnam. Another variant of the TT pistol was the Chinese Norinco Type 54; known as "Black Star" for the star on the grip, where it has infamous ties with [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese Triads]] due to vast numbers sold in the black market. It was also used by the Yakuza as many Type 54 pistols were smuggled into Japan. A drawback of the TT is the difficulty of safe carry (non-Chinese or Yugoslav Tokarevs have no manual safety and rely on a half-cock notch for the hammer; import into the US requires installation of a manual safety but very few of these are made very well, apart from guns purposefully designed with them, such as Zastava's M57 and M70a, which, coincidentally have a higher magazine capacity of 9 rounds.).

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[[quoteright:260:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/greetingsfromsmersh.jpeg]]The Tokarev TT Pistol was designed by Fedor Tokarev in 1930. The pistol was based on John Browning's 1903 and 1911 pistols, albeit with a significant number of improvements, such as making the locking lugs go all the way around the barrel, making the recoil spring fully captive around the guide rod, and making the trigger assembly one piece, and generally making the gun simpler yet tougher. The TT was designed intended to replace the obsolete [[{{CoolGuns/Revolvers}} Nagant Revolver]] in the Soviet Army. However since there was a vast number of revolvers, it didn't exactly phase it out so much as compliment it; the M1895 Army; ultimately, however, both weapons continued service until it and the TT 1952, when they were both replaced by the above-mentioned Makarov pistol in 1952.pistol . The first model was the TT-30 pistol, but the most noticeable model was the TT-33. The 7.62 Tokarev cartridge used for the pistol was based on the 7.63 Mauser cartridge that was used for the aforementioned Mauser C96 pistol. Captured Tokarevs can use the Mauser cartridge, however the Tokarev cartridge cannot do the same with the C96 Mauser due to higher pressures; German soldiers took a liking to Soviet pistol-caliber weapons as a result, because they had plenty of 7.63mm to feed them with if stolen Russian ammo was in short supply. 7.62x25 is a hot cartridge that exceeds 400m/s even out of handgun barrels, has excellent performance against obstacles and soft armor, and has excellent proven lethality, plus also not being particularly hard to control, if a bit loud and flashy. As is typical for Russian weapons of the time, the TT-33 could continue operating normally even after suffering a ridiculous amount of abuse - feed lips were even machined into the receiver so the weapon could still be reliably used with damaged magazines. The only downside is that the push-button style magazine release is something inherently prone to accidental drops -- the later Makarov used a more traditional heel-mounted release lever, rather than the American-style button near the trigger guard like the TT-33, in an effort to prevent this. During the Cold War, this pistol had reached out to countries associated with the Soviet Union like the People's Republic of China, North Korea, and Vietnam. Another variant of the TT pistol was the Chinese Norinco Type 54; known as "Black Star" for the star on the grip, where it has infamous ties with [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese Triads]] due to vast numbers sold in the black market. It was also used by the Yakuza as many Type 54 pistols were smuggled into Japan. A drawback of the TT is the difficulty of safe carry (non-Chinese or Yugoslav Tokarevs have no manual safety and rely on a half-cock notch for the hammer; import into the US requires installation of a manual safety but very few of these are made very well, apart from guns purposefully designed with them, such as Zastava's M57 and M70a, which, coincidentally have a higher magazine capacity of 9 rounds.).
24th Jul '16 2:05:43 PM TheFarmboy
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->With a total of 35 million casualties, there is little doubt that the First World War was one of the costliest conflicts in history and it was all started by just two well-placed 7.65mm (.32 ACP) rounds from a John Browning-designed auto pistol.
--> '''[[http://www.gunsandammo.com/blogs/history-books/deadliest-handgun/ The Deadliest Handgun in History?]]''', ''Guns and Ammo''
24th Jul '16 7:57:59 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[spoiler: Mary Watson]] wields a suppressed PPK, similar to the one pictured above, to threaten [[spoiler: Charles Augustus Magnussen]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. She later shoots [[spoiler: Sherlock]] with it.

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* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', [[spoiler: Mary Watson]] wields Watson]]'s sidearm is a suppressed PPK, similar to the one pictured above, to threaten above. She also [[spoiler: Charles Augustus Magnussen]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. She later shoots [[spoiler: Sherlock]] with it.
24th Jul '16 7:37:27 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[spoiler: Mary Watson]] wields a suppressed PPK, similar to the one pictured above, to threaten [[spoiler: Charles Augustus Magnussen]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.

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* [[spoiler: Mary Watson]] wields a suppressed PPK, similar to the one pictured above, to threaten [[spoiler: Charles Augustus Magnussen]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. She later shoots [[spoiler: Sherlock]] with it.
24th Jul '16 7:32:43 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* [[spoiler: Mary Watson]] wields a suppressed PPK, similar to the one pictured above, to threaten [[spoiler: Charles Augustus Magnussen]] in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.
21st Jul '16 11:10:15 PM TheWildWestPyro
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* The P226 is Dr. John Watson's WeaponOfChoice in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}.''

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* The P226 [=P226R=] is Dr. John Watson's service pistol and WeaponOfChoice in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}.''''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.
21st Jul '16 8:52:48 PM Fyrmer
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* Two Luger variants appear in the Nazi chapters of ''Videogame/BloodRayne,'' the furst being a standard Luger and the second being an "Artillery" model with the stock and snail drum mag.

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* Two Luger variants appear in the Nazi chapters of ''Videogame/BloodRayne,'' the furst first being a standard Luger and the second being an "Artillery" model with the stock and snail drum mag.
21st Jul '16 8:35:57 PM Bissek
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* Rally once spent an ''entire chapter'' of ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' fine-tuning a Browning for Becky, during which she admits that while she loves her CZ-75, she has to admit that the Hi-Power was so well designed that it hasn't had a single major change since it came out in 1935.
21st Jul '16 8:25:44 PM Bissek
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* ''Film/DieHard2'' talks about a non-existent "Glock 7" model, supposedly made of porcelain and designed to get through airport scanners. This may not be the origin of the myth about "plastic handguns," but it certainly helped propagate it. To the point that the US Congress actually passed a law banning such guns. Yes, they banned something that doesn't exist, no word on whether they plan to ban [[Franchise/HarryPotter the Killing Curse]] next.

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* ''Film/DieHard2'' talks about a non-existent "Glock 7" model, supposedly made of porcelain and designed to get through airport scanners. This may not be the origin of the myth about "plastic handguns," but it certainly helped propagate it. To the point that the US Congress actually passed a law banning such guns. Yes, they banned something that doesn't exist, didn't exist at the time (A functional 3D printed gun that was 99% plastic was developed in the 2010s, causing Congress to revise the law to say that all commercially available guns must have a certain weight of metal in them, that is distributed across the frame so that the buyer can't just remove it after purchasing the weapon), no word on whether they plan to ban [[Franchise/HarryPotter the Killing Curse]] next.
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