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Offline Phosphorus32

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Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« on: September 13, 2019, 02:03:37 PM »
I recently received this mismatched Tokarev with 0-5% bluing on exposed surfaces of the frame and slide, and much of that turning to browning. I found it at a cool little shop in El Cerrito, CA that I frequent, while I was away on business just over two weeks ago. When I first picked it up in the shop, I saw the grips and the "02" marking, realized what it was   8) ...then I saw the price tag that was not quite double the Classic Firearms sale price on Romanian TTCs  :o and I scorched my fingers pulling my wallet out of my pocket  :))

I was excited because it's a 48.M Hungarian Tokarev with the Rákosi Coat of Arms on the grips. It has no import marks, no crappy safety that would have been added for standard US import in the 1990s or later, and it has "the look" of having been carried through SE Asia, likely by an NVA officer. A well known Vietnam bringback collector recalls seeing 3-4 of these Hungarian Tokarev bringbacks in 30 years, so I'd place this firmly in the rare category.

It's been a really, really good summer for Vietnam bringbacks for me. Hopefully you aren't tired of seeing them. Thanks for looking!








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Rákosi Hungarian Coat of Arms






Hungarian Circle 10 Proof


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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2019, 04:33:08 PM »
Very interesting, as I did not know these even existed until now. I have looked at Tokarevs somewhat but have little to no knowledge on them. Congratulations, and you are having quite the year. Can you pick my Mega Million or Powerball numbers please?

Thanks for sharing, I personally will never get tired of seeing these trophies.

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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2019, 01:36:51 AM »
Thanks Bob! I love the flat shooting Mach 1.4 7.62x25mm round. The Tokarev pistols are the best value in milsurp pistols today. $200-230 Romanian TTCs and Yugoslavian M57s can still be purchased from retailers.

The Russian TT-33 was the first, followed by Chinese, Romanian, Polish, Hungarian and Yugoslavian variants, beginning in the 1950s. The majority of the Tokarevs you find in the US are import marked and have a safety installed post-manufacture on either the frame or the trigger (later batches). Russian and Chinese bringbacks are scarce but more common than Hungarian bringbacks.
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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 09:52:08 AM »
very cool, learned something. thanks for sharing.  thumb1
ARMY NAM VET, SO PROUD!

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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 10:47:36 AM »
Thanks Carl!  :)

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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 04:18:43 PM »
Outstanding score!

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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2019, 09:18:23 AM »
Can't emphasize enough the scarcity of this country's Tokarev here in the US.  It just hardly happens.

Incredible, incredible fortune has come your way, P32!

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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2019, 09:35:15 AM »
Probably why I haven't heard of the Hungarian variant.

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Re: Hungarian 48.M Tokarev
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2019, 06:21:23 PM »
Can't emphasize enough the scarcity of this country's Tokarev here in the US.  It just hardly happens.

Incredible, incredible fortune has come your way, P32!

Thanks M08, I do feel fortunate indeed!