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Romanian TTC Makeover

Discussion in 'Military Surplus Forum' started by flyandscuba, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. 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

    Next, I have ordered a compensator/muzzle brake that replaces the barrel bushing from Gun Parts Warehouse. (

    Finally, I ordered two magazine bases with finger rest from (

    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
    PMB 362
    40 West Nine Mile Road #2
    Pensacola, Florida. 32534

    (850) 377-2654

    Thanks Tim!
  2. The compensator arrived in the mail today. Installation was simple -- merely replace the original barrel bushing...


    I think it already make the TTC look a little better. Next to arrive should be the magazine base/finger extensions. Finally, the custom walnut grips with an oiled stippled finish should show up in a couple of months.

    I'm hoping to take this "flame thrower" to the range this week! :)


    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    that looks really good! i have a polish one. watch your grip. they bite some times. i bobed my hammer on mine and i love it now.

  4. deathpriest


    Dec 12, 2004
    Nice.. now you got me thinking on one

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    did the comp make any difference? did you shot it with out the comp?
  6. MrGlock21


    Apr 16, 2001
    North Texas
    Looks really good with the comp and finish! Would that comp fit non-Romanians too?
    I just ordered a Yugo one.

    BOOSTED12A sequestered!

    yep. only non swapable parts ive seen are the yougo mags. probbaly the grips too.
  8. My magazine bases with finger rest arrived a while back -- and today my first set of custom wooden grips arrived in the mail from Hungary. I have a set of wrap-around grips in stippled and oiled walnut on the way -- but these allow the TTC to keep a classic "Commie" look.


    This completes my planned make-over of the Tokarev -- turning an old MilSurp "beater" into a fine looking pistol that is suitable for use as a CCW if desired.
  9. I like the way those grips look modern but still have a little old world commie nostalgia to them. That pistol looks very nice.

  10. I like the way those grips look modern but still have a little old world commie nostalgia to them. That pistol looks very nice.

  11. It looks so nice I had to say it twice!

  12. never enough

    never enough

    Sep 15, 2011