What is My Tokarev Pistol Worth?
Why do Gun Owners Like Tokarev Pistols?
Based on John Browning’s famed design for the M1903 and the M1911, the Tokarev TT-33 was The Soviet Union’s primary firearm from the 1930s to the 1950s. The simplicity and reliability of the design has led to its continued use in modern conflicts despite not having been produced in Russia for 70 years. Even though more than 1.3 million units were produced during its production run, the TT-33 did not completely phase out its predecessor the Nagant M1895. The Tokarev has also made many appearances in popular media. Films such as Red Dawn, Enemy at the Gates and Black Hawk Down have all featured the Tokarev. This sample of films demonstrate the widespread use of the Tokarev as it was used in many conflicts by dozens of nations around the world.
How to Determine the Value of my Tokarev Pistol?
Being a Russian design during the Cold War, the Tokarev was copied and produced by other Warsaw Pact nations. Romania, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland and China all had domestically produced versions of the TT-33. After the fall of the Soviet Union, these designs found their way to the United States military surplus market. As far as value is concerned, the copied examples of the TT-33 such as the Zastava M57 or the Cugir TTC do not command a high value on the used market. However, any Tula or Izhevsk produced TT-33 is rare and will net a high price in a private sale or in an auction.
A major factor in determining value for any firearm comes from the condition of the gun. If it is in mint condition with little finish wear from handling, the gun can retain a good portion of its retail value. If more usage is apparent and the gun has scuffs, dents or scratches on the slide or polymer lower, the value will lower with each imperfection. Same goes with the metal parts, the more scratches and faded bluing finish that becomes present on the gun from handling and usage can greatly diminish its value. The takeaway is that as the condition of the firearm worsens, the less it will be worth when re-sold.
Another factor that contributes to a re-sale value is the firearm’s originality. Please note that as a collectors piece, the value of Tokarev pistols are greater if they retain the original finish and original parts. Tokarevs often have been re-barrelled or refinished, but buyers scouring the used market generally prefer stock firearms that retain in its original configuration. Another nuance of determining value is whether all the parts of the firearm have the same serial numbers.
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