Review:
SRC TT-33

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People kept asking me whether that is a WE TT33 or KWA TT-33. Strangely enough, many did not know that the SRC TT-33 even exist and quite a lot did not even know SRC.
While SRC certainly is one of the smaller companies, it gained a rather good reputation in the recent past. While their early models where not all that great, they now offer decent Airsofts for a reasonable price. And the SRC TT-33 is no exception.

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I could now copy and paste stuff from Wikipedia about the TT pistol series. But probably you either already know or do not care. If you still want to read up on it follow this link.

What you will not find on Wikipedia, is that the TT-33 (most often its licensed or unlicensed copies) is actually still in active service. Especially in Africa and South/East-Asia.

Also the 7.62×25mm Tokarev gained some publicity recently, since people found out that is capable of penetrating class IIIa body armor.
You could stay that round was really ahead of its time. It was invented German after all 😉

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So the SRC TT-33 was advertised as a ‘limited edition’. Why the quotation marks? Because I already suspected that they will produce more if the gun is successful. And turns out I was right. While I am not exactly sure how many were built in the end exactly, it is well above the advertised 600. Some stores still have it on stock!

While the case is branded only by simple sticker, the gun itself has the serial engraved into it – which is actually pretty sweet.

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As mentioned, the gun comes (like most SRC pistols) with a case. It is actually neat and you can padlock it. Comes in pretty handy since in Germany you are required by law to secure you Airsoft guns, if you transport them in your car and what not.

The patch and the manual that come with it are somewhere in-between useless and cool.
While I like that the attention they paid to the whole scheme, but they are just gimmicks non the less. Although I read people claiming that the patch is based on a Soviet sniper order border guard patch, I am pretty sure it is meant to reassemble the Otlichnik Sovetskoj armii (Отличник Советской армии)
Also there is small small allen key to adjust the hop-up. But more about that later.

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The finish of the pistol is good. It did get some scratches of the years, but that is to be expected. While it is certainly made form aluminum you can not really tell just by looking at it or even picking it up.

Grips look very much like the original Bakelite grips (I am pretty sure that original grips will fit with a little to no modification)

Overall the finish is fairly decent. I dare to say, that it is the best out of all the TT-33 options (WE, KWA)

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Since the TT-33 was designed before WW2 and people thought cavalry would still have an important role in coming battles, it features cavalry loops on the mags. Actually that is a feature, that is featured on some of the more recent pistols too. Just in a slightly more tacticool way.

Also the magazine is made from steel. And considering that are spare mags only cost
20-25$, that is pretty good in itself.
I have had some smaller issues with the mags however. Some of them did leak gas after about a year. However I was able to fix it by just disassembling them and soaking the o-rings in silicon oil. Also the pistol is built with super tight tolerances. If you do not line up the pins perfectly when reassembling the mags, they will not fit into the mag-well.

Since the magazines are single stack, they only hold 10-12 rounds each (from my experience loading more then 10 do engage the slide lock accidentally from time to time).
While that is not all too much, it makes reloading them in the fiel super easy. They hold enough gas to load it twice without loosing performance.

And by the way, it is one of the fewer GBB pistols, that you can powerstroke(=slingshot).

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Speaking of the pistols performance: The best way to describe the trigger is meh and heavy – like the real deal. It nice has break though. Even the trigger pull weight of roughly 3kg matches the real TT-33. Not sure if SRC did this on purpose, but interesting nevertheless.
The trigger housing is surprisingly small for a Russian pistol. Using this pistol with thick gloves is probably difficult. Not that it matters to us, since it will not work in winter conditions anyway – like any GBB.

Since the mags are quite small and can not hold all too much gas, SRC built a very gas efficient pistol. That means the blow-back as well as the FPS are on the lower side.
With .2g BBs it shoots about 260fps (so E0=0.65J) leading to a maximum range of 30m with the hop-up adjusted correctly (consistently hitting a man-sized target, while aiming above).
In comparison with most of the other GBB pistols, that is slightly below average. The KWA and even the WE TT-33 will outperform the SRC in that regard.

Adjusting the hop-up is also meh. It is one of those hop-ups where you pull back the slide and adjust it with allen key through the ejection port. So adjusting it on the field is difficult and on top it does not put much spin on the BB after all.

However one should not disregard reliability. Apart from the leaky mags, the SRC is the most reliable of the three. Surprisingly the KWA TT-33 suffers from various reliability issues (the new release MKV seems to have the same issues). And WE? Well… it is WE.


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So what is my overall verdict?
I feel like the review sounded a bit negative so far – but actually I think the SRC TT-33 is a good GBB pistol overall. Why?
The range is a bit lacking, but since you will be using it as a secondary (at least I assume you will, given the magazines only hold 10 rounds) it does not matter really. Whenever I faced targets further then 30m, I was using my primary anyways.

The very good finish (best of all the choices) and the low price (also for the spare magazines) stand out.

If you want the best range and do not care about the price or the finish, just go with the KWA.

As for the WE, I can not think of any good reason to prefer it over the KWA or SRC.

 

01.02.2016 – by netsplit for Gruppa L

6 thoughts on “Review:
SRC TT-33

    • Yes, good point!
      The KSC is essentially the KWA version, but is made from plastic for Japan.
      From what I read it does not have the problems of the KWA version. So if the plastic does not bother you and you want a good range, this would be the one to get.

      • Yeah I heard that KSC and KWA are actually the same, but I didnt knew that the KSC are actually out of plastic. But yeah, makes sense, since they are cheaper than the KWA guns

  1. I got a KWA TT and I can just say that it is kinda unreliable – not what I am used to in KWA quality. The SRC looks sweet, but buying again a TT33…. I wanted to buy the KWA Makarov, but I heard that it has the same unreliability issued as the TT33…

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