The Tokarev TT-30 Semi Automatic Pistol,
In the early 1930’s the Soviet Union made the decision that it needed to replace it old M1895 Nagant revolvers. At this time revolvers were giving way to semi-automatic pistols in military use, and it was important for the Soviet Union to keep up with the capitalist world. One design of note was a single action semi automatic created by the gun designer Feodor Tokarev. The new pistol visually was modeled after early John Browning designs, internally it used the short recoil dropping-barrel system from the famous Colt 1911, another Browning design. Feodor improved upon the design by employing a much simpler hammer/sear assembly and cartridge guides that provide reliable functioning. Under testing the Tokarev was found to be extremely rugged and able to handle the worst combat conditions. Soviet engineers also added several other features such as locking lugs all around the barrel. The magazine feeding lips were even machined in such a way that they prevented damaged to the cartridge due to misfeeds. More importantly the design was simplified to the point that Soviet industry could turn out thousands of the pistols without using significant time, labor, and resources.
The most interesting feature of the Tokarev was its ammo, a 7.62x25 cartridge that was bottlenecked to provide extra velocity. This cartridge was based off the German 7.65x25 Mauser. In fact during World War II the Germans issued a number of captured Tokarev’s because German ammunition could be used in the pistols. Feeding the pistol was an 8 round detachable magazine. The Tokarev had no safety other than a half cock feature on the hammer.
During World War II the Tokarev never fully supplanted the Nagant revolver, rather both were produced and issued concurrently. After the war the Tokarev became standard issue of other communist countries, such as the countries of Eastern Europe, China, North Korea, and Vietnam. They also saw use in pretty much every war fought from 1950 up to today. Below is a map of the various countries that at one point used or still use the Tokarev.
The Russian replaced the Tokarev with the Makarov in the 1950’s. Over 1.7 million were produced.
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U.S. Survival AR-7 (Henry Rifles)
The ArmaLite AR-7 Explorer, designed by M-16 inventor Eugene Stoner, is a semi-automatic .22 Long Rifle rifle developed from the AR-5 adopted by the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and aircrew survival weapon. Its intended markets today are backpackers and other recreational users as a takedown utility rifle. The AR-7 is often recommended by outdoor users of recreational vehicles (automobile, airplane or boat) who might have need for a weapon for foraging or defense in a wilderness emergency.
In 1980, the design and production rights passed on to Henry Repeating Arms and the compact rifle was slightly revised. The AR-7 is now (2011) known as the Henry U.S. Survival rifle. An ABS material replaced the original plastic, which was prone to cracking and failure. The receiver recess in the Henry stock allows storage of receiver with a magazine in place and the rifle is normally sold with two magazines. The latest versions of the Henry allow for storage of three magazines total, with two in the stock recess, and one in the receiver. The modern Henry U.S. Survival rifle is also waterproof (all prior versions were known to leak water inside the stock). They now include a full teflon coating on the outer surface. A 3/8 in. rail milled into the top of the receiver for mounting a wide variety of optics is now a standard.