Bubba Beautifies a Tokarev

Well, Bubba thought he was beautifying it. How about a two-tone hack paint job — black and candy apple red? Take it from the top:

Bubba Tokarev TT33 2-4

If you look at the area around the rear sight, you’ll see that the paint job is not only gaudyit’s also lousy and inept. 

Same is evident from the bottom:

Bubba Tokarev TT33 2-5

And, guess what? We just showed you this abortion’s two best sides. Look at the crappy job around the slide serrations, and the orange peel and bubbles in the paint on the slide:

Bubba Tokarev TT33 2-3

Two other things about that picture… ask yourself, what’s wrong with that firing pin retaining pin? And where’s the clumsily added safety on all recent Tok imports?

Now, we’ll let you see the whole thing:

Bubba Tokarev TT33 2-1

A coyote ugly Bubbafied Tokarev. And yes, he didn’t even use a crappy recent import job for his failed attempt to teach-yourself-cerakote. (Or more likely, “teach yourself Krylon”). He used a pre-68 import and/or GI bringback of a relatively uncommon postwar Tokarev. An all-matching gun, too.

But that’s not even the worst violation of this poor rape-victim of a pistol. Bubba had his way with the slide, too, in his inept attempt to, apparently, change firing pins.

Bubba Tokarev TT33 2-2

He helpfully had TOKAREV TT-33 stamped on it, in case no one could recognize it any more after his close-enough-for-government-work ministrations. You know, where he milled the slide serrations off.

The current owner — who’s trying to sell this junker for $400 — suggests that Bubba might have been trying to get at the firing pin retaining pin. That’s as good an attempt to read Bubba’s mind as we’re likely to get, because that ol’ boy just don’t reason like the rest of us.

What he has done is blow it right past “gunsmith special” into “parts gun” land. It would take a lot of work on that gun to make it good enough to stink, and if Fyodor Tokarev Himself weren’t dead and pushing up whatever they decorate Soviet cemeteries with, this’d kill him.

Maybe we should take this page down, lest Russians who take pride in their achievements in the Great Patriotic War consider it a casus belli. In the meantime, you can always go see it (and the other Tok the guy is selling, a recent import in arsenal-overhauled shape) at this thread in the ARFCOM Equipment Exchange.

19 thoughts on “Bubba Beautifies a Tokarev

  1. BAP45

    I think i just threw up a little. These bubba jobs are just brutal to look at sometimes.

  2. redc1c4

    you know, i was thinking about cerekoating our Russian Contract 1911 in the Romanov family colors… just to make it unique.

    know anyone who might could do that for me?

        1. Sommerbiwak

          Thought so. ;-)

          But to discourage others reading it I wrote it. Not to give ideas to some bubba.

  3. Dan F

    Anyone who would do that to a firearm isn’t going to determine it’s rarity or value before embarking on quest to prove their stupidity.

  4. John M.

    Who will rise to defend Bubba? Not I in this case. A man has to know his limitations. And he should find them out on firearms that are not rare or otherwise of historical significance.

    -John M.

  5. Toastrider

    You know, every time I think I might be a touch foolish for wanting to get a gun and gussy it up a bit to look like a favorite movie/videogame weapon… I see one of these stories. And I console myself with ‘at least I wouldn’t try and do it myself’.


    Wowee….milling off the serrations…on one side only. That poor, poor gun should just be destroyed.

    While I’m here…what are these guns like to operate and shoot? Is a standard Tok really a junker compared to modern guns like my STI 1911, or are they in the usual Russian “rough but good” arena? They look like they’d be fun to shoot, but money,as always, is in short supply.

      1. H

        I would rate them “rough but great” myself, lacking only a decent thumb safety in the original design to be really great guns. Some of the recent add-on safety’s are just sad.

        So I guess if this poor abused pistol is priced at $400, the 1948 TT-33 that I brought home from Viet Nam must be worth a bazillion bucks, right?

  7. DSM

    If it’s just krylon then it’d be easy enough to strip off. What that’d do to the original finish, or whatever is left of it, wouldn’t be pretty but it’d allow a more traditional covering to be reapplied. The milled slide, well, maybe Numrich has a spare for sale. No matching numbers of course but at this point best to hope for is a shooter and not a museum piece.
    A crying shame but a doable project. I’m trying to be optimistic.

    1. Sommerbiwak

      You could stamp the replacement slide. ;-) But where to get the correct stamping tools?

      or transplant new serrations. But it isnquestiinabkenthat it is worth it.

  8. Docduracoat

    I paint firearms as a hobby
    Usually camo patterns, sometimes single or 2 tone
    Two tones look elegant on a pistol
    I’ve switched from duracoat to cerakote as cerakote c is air cure but incredibly heat resistant and good for barrels, plastic stocks and scopes
    The h series is thermal cure (I use my wife’s oven when she is out)
    Cerakote has much superior adhesion and both types are extremely scratch resistant
    I’ve brought some rusty boat guns back to new appearance with hand sanding and a spray gun. Now on the outside they are rust proof!
    You can see my work at docduracoat.com
    My grey, black and white American flag slide came out nice
    I haven’t done any red … Yet

  9. Raoul Duke

    Strip it, re-paint it with Brownell’s Alumahyde Dark Park, carry it left-handed in your Chinese chest rig with your type 56 mags., so no one can see the other side, and you’ll be fine.

    Oh, I almost forgot…neutral-steer over Bubba’s Dremel tool with a track a couple of times, just to be safe. :)

  10. Alan Ward

    Both Bubba and his elementary school art teacher should be bitch slapped. At least he could have used Russian or Soviet shades of red instead of candy apple. That colour barely belongs on vintage hot rods and loose women’s toenails!

  11. 11B-Mailclerk

    Heat it up until it is glowing orange.
    Pound it into a billet.
    Heat it up until it is glowing orange.
    Pound it into a knife shape.
    Repeat the above two until satisfied with shape.
    Finish up shaping by judicious grinding.
    Polish to near finish.
    Heat it up until it is glowing yellow-orange, and a magnet will no longer stick to it.
    Dunk it in transmission fluid.
    Bake it at 350F for an hour. Allow to cool in the oven to room temperature. Repeat.
    Polish it, hilt it, sharpen it, and sheath it.
    Hang it on your belt.
    Fund bubba and castrate him with it, please please please before he breeds.

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