Examples of similar arms include the Chinese Type 53 rifle, which is a copy of the Russian Model 44 bolt-action, and the Type 56 rifle, which is nearly identical to the Soviet SKS.
China did not have the firearm design infrastructure of the Soviet Union, so it was expedient to adopt existing designs that were both proven and simple to manufacture.
Likewise, it was natural for China to adopt a version of the TT-33.
The production of small arms in China was also facilitated by a mutual aid treaty between the Soviet Union and China signed in 1950.
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This factory-original box depicts a commercial Norinco Model 213 variant of the Chinese Tokarev.
The TT-30 was simplified and adopted in 1933 as the TT-33 (Tula Tokarev 33).
A simple, reliable and easy-to-maintain pistol, it was in service until the early 1950s when it was replaced by the Makarov (also known as the Pistol Makarova or PM).
Other pistols have the number “456” after the characters.
Most also have a star stamping after the serial number on the frame, which may also be an arsenal marking.
The Tokarev pistol was the brainchild of Fedor Tokarev, a famous Russian small arms designer.
Tokarev began the process of designing a semi-automatic handgun in the 1920s, and the Soviets adopted one of his early designs in 1930, naming it the TT-30 (Tula Tokarev 30).
Chinese Production: Type 51 And Type 54The earliest Chinese Tokarev is known as the Type 51.