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Semi-Automatic Pistol (1967)


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The Type 51 pistol is nothing more than a direct copy of the Soviet made TT-33 handgun, with some external differences in design.



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The Chinese Type 51 was nothing more than a locally-produced Chinese copy of the famed Soviet Tokarev TT-33 semi-automatic pistol series. The TT-33 was itself developed as a production-friendly form of the original TT-30 series during World War 2. Furthermore, the TT-30 itself was developed from the world-renowned Colt-Browning M1911 pistol.

While generally perceived of as a direct copy of the Soviet style, the Chinese Type 51 incorporated more grooves (and narrower in form) along its slide. Beyond that, the two pistols were nearly identical in form and function. The Type 51 brought with it the heavy recoil of the Soviet model, making them slightly inaccurate to an extent - particularly in the hand of a new operator. The Type 51 also made use of the 7.62x25mm Soviet M30 cartridge, these in an eight round detachable box magazine fitting into the pistol grip. Sights were noted at front and rear and, overall, the Type 51 exhibited much of the appearance found in many semi-automatic handguns following the inception of the Colt M1911.

Specifications



Service Year
1967

Origin
China national flag graphic
China

Classification


Semi-Automatic Pistol


NORINCO - China
National flag of China China
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.


Overall Length
193 mm
7.60 in
Barrel Length
116 mm
4.57 in
Empty Wgt
1.12 lb
0.51 kg
Sights


Front and Rear


Action


Semi-Automatic; Recoil-Operated

Semi-Automatic
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


7.62x25mm Soviet M30

Rounds / Feed


8-round detachable box
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Muzzle Velocity
1,375 ft/sec
(419 m/sec)


TT-33 - Soviet production model on which the Type 51 is a direct copy of, with some external and subtle differences.
Type 51 - Chinese production designation of Soviet TT-33 model.
M48 - Poland and Yugoslavian production designation of Soviet TT-33.
M65 - Hungary production model designation of Soviet TT-33.
M68 - North Korea production model designation of Soviet TT-33.


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