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Old September 15th, 2020, 12:02 PM #1
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Installing Tokarev barrel link & pin

Hi all!

Got me a 1956 Romanian TT-C but the barrel is pretty shot out. So I found a replacement barrel which of course didn’t have the link and pin installed. I sourced a link and pin but now I’m wondering how to install them. Is this something I can do myself or would you recommend bringing to a gunsmith?

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It is something you can do (making the assumption that you are not a Neanderthal). You’ll need to support the barrel and the lug on the barrel when you press the pin in. An arbor press in nice to have when pushing in the pin. Not necessary, but nice to have. Just spend a few minutes figuring out how to make a block to hold the barrel and the lug on the bottom of the barrel without having it move. Hockey pucks make a good base, and are decently easy to cut a V-groove for the barrel. If you make the V-groove the right depth, the lug can rest on the top of the puck, and it won’t move.
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You have to fit the new barrel almost like you do a 1911. I would not expect a Soviet era part to drop in and work well.
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It is something you can do (making the assumption that you are not a Neanderthal). You’ll need to support the barrel and the lug on the barrel when you press the pin in. An arbor press in nice to have when pushing in the pin. Not necessary, but nice to have. Just spend a few minutes figuring out how to make a block to hold the barrel and the lug on the bottom of the barrel without having it move. Hockey pucks make a good base, and are decently easy to cut a V-groove for the barrel. If you make the V-groove the right depth, the lug can rest on the top of the puck, and it won’t move.
I used a vise to press mine in. Worked like a charm with no whaling or beating.
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You have to fit the new barrel almost like you do a 1911. I would not expect a Soviet era part to drop in and work well.
My Yugo replacement (of undetermined pedigree) fit like a charm and has been working perfectly for years.
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I used a vise to press mine in. Worked like a charm with no whaling or beating.

Key word on the installation is “press”...
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Thanks everyone! Once the barrel link and pin come in I’ll be sure to post an update.

Now to figure out how to get that straight pin out of the firing pin rentention pin hole. Yeah it’s not the usual split pin. Looks like Ivan the Armorer used a piece of nail or something in there. Ah the joys of milsurp ��
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