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Local auction win; crappy photos and a pricey gamble. Sometimes, just sometimes, you hit the jackpot. When I picked it up, the auction house provided me the name of the USAAF veteran who captured it and brought it home. None of that was in the auction. The description said simply “Russian Tokarev Pistol SN 4?337 (actually the Cyrillic letters Ch and G). No mention or photos of magazine SNs (I was blown away... TWO original matching mags!) I will contact the family through the auction house and see if I can add to the actual provenance and not the family lore of how he acquired it. I easily found his local obit from 2008 that said he was a SSgt in the Army Air Corps in WWII awarded the Purple Heart. His son put it up for auction with other estate items recently; I assume the mom passed. Immaculate bore. Original finish. All matching numbers. I’m a happy camper!! Not to see if I can add some paperwork and photos from the original owner.

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Wonderful example! Congrats! :thumbsup:
 

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Bingo. 596th Medium Bombardment Squadron (B-26s), 397th Bombardment Group. Original owner wounded on mission below. Google and some time are awesome- I found the entire squadron history.

Mission No. 119. 29/9/44. Bitburg (Troop Concentration). Results-Excellent.
Captains King, Roberts, Lts. Kessel, Barcroft, Hayes, Parker, Ridenour, Estes, Moore and crews flew on this mission. S/Sgt L.B.Coffman (16156767) and T/Sgt H.C. Sconzert (16166767) were wounded on this mission while flying in Aircraft # B 26 B-42-96149
 

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Wow! Looks awesome.

I have have seen a few 37 and 38 dated ones like this where the extractor pin sits high like it was not driven all the way in. Not sure why that is.
 

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Excellent score, two matching mags is practically unheard of, and a steal of a price for a Russian Tokarev these days!
 

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You did well.
 

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The pistol obviously meant a great deal to the sergeant and so very little to the son ( other than $), What a neat pistol, I hope you can add to the story on how an AF guy got a Russian pistol.
 

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The 596th sent crews to be forward air controllers regularly in late 44-45. I am thinking that is where the pistol came from directly or via a squadron poker game. Only the officers are mentioned in squadron bombing or other missions with the enlisted as “and their crew” unless Killed, wounded or promoted. Nothing but conjecture for now. The owner died in 2008; I will be fairly cautious in my questions to the family and appreciative / reverent in my questions. Some further research reveals the veteran was an engineer/tail gunner on an aircraft called “Uncle Bills Flak House” that had a pet goat mascot named “stinky.” The veteran is relatively well documented on a B-26 research site.
 

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wow, I do not think I ever saw a TT in that nice a shape in Original condition ! The two matched mags are just a over the top bonus. You did very, very well at that price ! Congrats and thanks for sharing.
 
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