Norinco Type 54 Description:
In 1951, the army of Communist China originally adopted 7.62mm Soviet Tokarev TT handgun as Type 51 pistol. A mix of Soviet and domestically produced parts assembled these guns. Only different from Soviet pistols is markings. By 1954, Chinese factories were geared up to make TT pistols fully in house. Then PLA and People’s Armed Police adopted Type 54 pistol. It fired same 7.62×25 ammunition as its Soviet parent.
Type 54 pistols served as primary sidearms for PLA and PAP personnel. But during the 1st decade of the 21st century, they adopted a new small arms system. However, due to the huge size of PLA, PAP and other armed services the changeover is still far from being complete. So lots of armies and police personnel still are using Type 54 handguns in mainland China. Chinese factories also manufactured a number of commercial variation of the Type 54 pistol.
Developed as a commercial export model, it features manual safety, set on the left side of the gun, above and to the rear of the grip panel. Safety lever points upward and rotates forward to safe and rearward to fire.
Like its parent, Type 54-fires same 7.62×25 ammunition. Similar gun, such as NORINCO Model 201C, NORINCO Model 213, NORINCO TU-90, NORINCO NP-10, and NP-17, M20 (a clandestine version with no markings at all) and probably a few others. All these pistols are mechanically similar to Type 54-1 but may feature a variety of finishes, and standard TT-style or improved “Tokagypt-style” wraparound grip panels. An interesting offshoot of the family is the 9mm NORINCO Model 213A pistol, which features a thicker grip frame that hosts double-stack magazine with a 14-round capacity.
In addition, the Norinco Type 54 is identical to the Soviet military issue T-33 handgun. It features a forged steel frame and slide, chrome-lined MILSPEC barrel, post-war type slide serrations for improved grip, and distinctive ‘star’ marked grip panels.
Key Features of This Norinco Type 54:
- All-steel construction
- Commercial variants may feature different chambering
- 2x Magazine
- User Manual