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1944 production would have placed this gun in service for at least the remainder of the war and most likely with a combat unit. Life was rough for everyone from the file clerks to the penal battalion troops, so the finish on this gun should have been at least modestly worn. I suspect it was cycled through a post-war arsenal inspection and rebuild program, where it would have been refinished, and as noted elsewhere, possibly buffed as well. It's probably about as close as you can hope to get to an as used condition Russian TT-33 that was used in WWII. A few guns would have fallen through the cracks and a few of them may survive unaltered from their immediate post-war condition, but they are going to be very tough to locate and even tougher would be any verification of this history. Here in the US you'd have a much easier time finding an M1911 unaltered after combat service in WWII, and I expect you know how difficult that would be. Take good care of it. And thanks for posting the photos. PS -- first letter of the SN is "Sha" and is a consonant with a "Sh" sound. Second letter is "Eh" and makes only that flatter "E" sound found in English, not the sharper "EE" sound.
 

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Check that last bit. That "E" is a "Yeh." The "Eh" is reversed. Russians only handwrite in cursive, and it's been a while since I've looked at much of it. Getting a lot rustier on that than your gun likely ever did.
 

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Begemot,
What you said was exacly what three Russian or Polish collectors said at the military show in Pgh..You could have been there and heard the whole conversation and you were "right on"with your information. They said almost the exact same thing. You knowledge and expertise is very much appreciated. One more thing. could you put a rough value on pistol.
Your opinion is appreciated,
Joe
 

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Begemot,
What you said was exacly what three Russian or Polish collectors said at the military show in Pgh..You could have been there and heard the whole conversation and you were "right on"with your information. They said almost the exact same thing. You knowledge and expertise is very much appreciated. One more thing. could you put a rough value on pistol.
Your opinion is appreciated,
Joe
$ 400 and up.
 
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