This Romanian TTC (Tokarev) was acquired in a trade deal. I've always wanted to play with the powerful 7.62x25 cartridge -- and this was an opportunity to do so.
This TTC was a Cold War relic, with a manufacture date of 1953. The basic pistol and internals were excellent -- but years of military use and/or storage left the finish in somewhat of a beater status...
Here is the before picture -- when I picked it up in the trade:
For this makeover project, I decided to take advantage of Tim Barry's local to Pensacola operation, as well as the excellent special he is currently running to Cerakote handguns for $80 with a lightning fast turn-around time! Here, you can see the Romanian TTC wearing "carbon black" Cerakote that Tim applied last night.
Prior to taking the pistol to Tim, I disassembled it and retained the bits and pieces that were not going to be coated. Then, I used a Dremel tool with felt polishing wheel on the LOWEST possible RPM setting and MAAS Metal Polishing Creme to remove the original finish and as many of the nicks and imperfections as I could without really beginning to take off significant metal. I gave the parts to be finished to Tim - and he completed the metal prep and performed his Cerakote "magic" in exemplary fashion.
We were both pleasantly surprised how well the parts of this old MilSurp pistol came out of the oven!
In addition to the Cerakote in "carbon black", I have ordered custom wrap-around grips in walnut with an oiled and stippled finish. Those are coming from Marschal Grips in England and will take most likely 2 months to arrive. You can view the excellent pistol grips for various makes andmodels at http://www.marschalgrips.com
Next, I have ordered a compensator/muzzle brake that replaces the barrel bushing from Gun Parts Warehouse. (http://www.gunpartswarehouse.com/tt33.htm
Finally, I ordered two magazine bases with finger rest from BuyMilSurp.com (https://www.buymilsurp.com/magazine-base-metal-tt33-pistol-p-3350.html
I will take and post additional pictures of the completely finished project -- that I believe you will agree gives this old rather odd looking pistol a different look and nice makeover. Stay tuned for that - but I thought you guys might like to see this interim step with the Cerakote applied, in the event you have some "beaters" of your own you might want to dress up!
In summary, I highly recommend Tim for any custom refinish work you may want or need -- and best of all, He'll do things exactly like you want, and currently can offer extremely fast turnaround times for his work.
You can contact Tim at:
Baywatch Arms & Accessories
40 West Nine Mile Road #2
Pensacola, Florida. 32534