IZH MP-656K or TT33 BB pistol – Part 4

by B.B. Pelletier
Testing and photos by Earl “Mac” McDonald

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Today, I’ll cover the accuracy of the TT33 Tokarev BB pistol. I spent a little more time describing this gun for you in Parts 1 and 2 because of the exceptional realism it brings to the sport. However, as a shooter, the TT33 is very deliberate. The hammer must be cocked manually for every shot.

The sights
As I mentioned in Part 2, the sights on this pistol appear to have been specially milled lower to adjust the point of impact with BBs. Today’s report will show how well that worked.

The sights on the pistol have been milled lower than the firearm sight specifications. The point seems to be to get the BB pistol shooting to the point of aim.

BB guns are usually sighted to hit the point of aim between 15 and 25 feet. Today’s test was done by Mac at 15 feet. The pistol was aimed with a six o’clock hold in traditional target style (one-hand). He used Daisy zinc-plated BBs.

The pistol’s trigger is stiff and somewhat creepy. Mac said the trigger started to break in as he shot more, so perhaps you can expect a drop in pull weight over time.

The pistol shot exactly to the point of aim. Accuracy was acceptable.

As you can clearly see, the pistol shoots to the point of aim at 15 feet. Not many BB pistols do, so this is a happy discovery. The sights are not very adjustable, so this is a real blessing for those who shoot the gun.

The bottom line
What an airgun! For those who love realism, it doesn’t get any better than this. You can own what was once a firearm and disassemble it in the same way. You get the real Russian dated and marked parts from a pistol that is now quite expensive and collectible in its firearm form.

On the other hand, this is a not an action pistol. The single-action-only operation will slow you down and make you very deliberate. You must decide if it is for you.

My advice is to act fast before anyone changes their mind about the gun coming into the U.S.

IZH MP-656K or TT33 BB pistol – Part 3

by B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Today we’re going to look at the velocity of the TT33 BB pistol. This gun was tested by Mac McDonald, and I’m reading from his notes. Before I get to the velocity, a reminder is due. This is a single-action-only pistol. That means the hammer has to be pulled all the way back before the gun can be fired. The slide will cycle, but the gun does not have blowback. The hammer has 3 positions: all the way forward (or fired), half-cock and full-cock. The gun will fire only when the hammer is on the full-cock position. Then, the trigger needs to be pulled and the hammer will drop forward, firing one shot.

The trigger is creepy, according to Mac, and breaks at around 8 lbs. He DID note that it had improved as he shot the gun. So, it might be a little lighter than that after a break-in.

Mac recorded a velocity of 321 to 383. The average velocity of the test gun was 352 fps. The extreme spread is 62 fps, and the average muzzle energy is 1.40 ft-lbs. Mac used Daisy zinc-plated BBs for his tests.

Because of the deliberate way this BB pistol functions, it’s not for those who want an action pistol. They would be better served by any number of less-expensive and faster-firing BB pistols. The TT33 is an extremely realistic handgun. In fact, the realism is over the top. Order it if you want to own a genuine Russian Tokarev without all the registration nonsense.

Pyramyd Air is the exclusive importer of the TT33. Because of its firearm origins, they ran a sample past BATF&E, who did not seem to have a problem with the gun. But, remember, the government can change its mind in a heartbeat. They withdrew the Junker carbines, which were made from real AK carbines, and they could decide to do the same with this pistol. Therefore, if you want one, and I mean REALLY want one, the time to act is right now.

Next time, I’ll cover accuracy and wrap up this report.

IZH MP-656K or TT33 BB pistol – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Pyramyd Air’s 3rd annual airgun garage sale is on June 5 from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be discontinued, blemished and used guns, scopes and other accessories — plus dented tins of pellets. John Goff from Crosman will be flipping burgers, and Pyramyd Air’s technicians will be on hand to help with any questions you might have. Come early for the best selection!

Correction: There’s an error in part 3 of the 655K blog, where we state that it has blowback. It does not! We’ve corrected the blog. There was a miscommunication, as we state quite clearly in the part 1 that it the gun doesn’t have blowblack. Sorry!

Part 1

The IZH Baikal MP656K, which is the BB gun version of the Tula Tokarev…commonly called the TT33 Tokarev.

I told you in part 1 that the TT33 was so unique and remarkable that it was going to take two reports just to cover the basic gun. This is the second report. First, I’d like to show you something from the firearm.

The Tokarev, which is what this is called, is a novel pistol that borrows from John Browning’s 1911 but also incorporates its own unique design. The action lifts out of the receiver as a module.

Firing mechanism lifted slightly in the frame.

Modular firing mechanism removes completely from the Tokarev.

Not all parts were used
When they built the BB pistol, not all the Tokarev firearm parts were necessary. Since no metallic cartridges were used, the extractor and ejector were never required. With typical Russian economy, they simply left them off the gun. So, when you take your TT33 out of the box, don’t be shocked to find some parts missing from your gun.

That slot is where the firearm extractor goes. Obviously, it’s not there. It doesn’t mean your gun is incomplete. That’s the way they come.

Another area we’ll look at is the BB and CO2 magazine. It’s similar to other BB gun magazines that also contain the CO2 cartridge. But there’s one surprising difference.

The CO2 cartridge is not inserted at this time, but you see how the BBs are stacked. The follower is run all the way down and locked in place to load the magazine.

So, what’s this big surprise? Look carefully at the top of the BB magazine, and you’ll see dovetail slots. When you insert the magazine, those slots interface with the rear of the barrel, aligning the BBs in the magazine with the BB barrel.

This closeup shows the magazine interfacing with the barrel.

The clever engineers at IZH used the original firearm barrel to align the BB barrel in the gun. This is a practice now being used by larger manufacturers such as Remington. This is called “stubbing” the barrel. It guarantees alignment of the smaller caliber barrel because it’s centered inside the already-fitted barrel.

The 1911-style link pin is welded in position to make assembly and disassembly much easier. On the BB gun, it has no function.

The barrel installation is an extremely clever step and worthy of any advanced airgun collector’s attention if fine design is of interest.

Original rifled barrel adds realism to the BB pistol.

Gas sealing by a special seal
To seal the rear of the BB gun barrel against the BB gun magazine, which contains the firing valve, the engineers designed a very special o-ring. It has a flange that spreads and digs into a groove cut in the rear of the barrel. This isn’t something you can buy at a hardware store.

This o-ring is unique in its shape — it seals the joint between the barrel and the magazine. You can also easily see the clearance for the BB magazine.

The sights were modified by milling down both front and rear sights to match the BB trajectory at close range. When we test for accuracy, we’ll see how close they got it.

Both front and rear sights were milled down to adjust for the BB’s trajectory.

That ends our general tour, and I think you’ll have to agree that the TT33 or Tokarev pistol is unique. If you’re a serious BB pistol collector, this is one to get. Next, we’ll look at velocity.

IZH MP-656K or TT33 BB pistol – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

The IZH Baikal MP656K, which is the BB gun version of the Tula Tokarev…commonly called the TT33 Tokarev.

I always like to give you guys something to talk about over the weekend. Today’s pistol should generate a lot of conversation. Not only is it a BB pistol made on the TT33 Tokarev styling, this one is made out of a real Tokarev.

Back during the Vietnam War, I owned two of these. Each was a Norinco Chi Com variant of the Russian Tokarev. I learned then what a novel little pistol this is. It fires a .30 cal (7.62mm) bottlenecked cartridge that closely resembles the .30 cal. broomhandle Mauser round. I fount it possible to make reloads from highly reworked 5.56mm brass. But the brass swelled, and I don’t recommend it to anybody. Ammunition was impossible to come by in the 1970s, but it’s pretty common today.

This BB pistol is so remarkable, that I’m going to expand the introduction to two reports so I can show you details of the gun. Today will be a general intro.

Just like the firearm, all the controls work on the BB pistol.

Tremendous realism
There are no compromises in this gun. It’s made from a genuine Russian Tokarev pistol. That means it’s all steel, and the black plastic grip panels have CCCP next to the Soviet star. The pistol I’m examining has a frame date of 1950.

In the past, guns made from firearms have been problematic and often removed from the market. As soon as these are in stock, buy one. Do not hesitate!

Single-action only
The Tokarev firearm is a single-action pistol, and the BB pistol is also single-action. To fire the gun, you must cock the hammer each time you shoot. That may slow down you down because you can’t fire the gun by simply pulling the trigger. So, this is more of a collector’s gun than an action shooter’s gun.

The MP-656K uncocked.

The MP-656K half-cocked.

The MP-656K cocked.

Field-stripped, if you want.

Just like the firearm, the TT33 field strips quite easily. In my second report, I’ll have more to say about the internal parts since some of them are novel and require an explanation.

Realism, realism, realism!
Several years ago, we had some Kalashnikov BB guns called Junker models 1, 2 and 3. Not only did they resemble an AK47, they were made from the same parts. The Junkers were taken off the shelves quickly and are now quite scarce in the United States. While we don’t believe the same thing will happen with this pistol, true collectors should order one right away. Like a Makarov, this is real deal!