Saturday, September 18, 2010

MTs55 Free Pistol Series

First of all – I have heard and seen many ways of spelling and writing of this trade mark, but I would say that right variant of spelling and writing is «MTs». «Ts» must be pronounced together and not separate (the same spelling as in the word «tsarism» ['za:rizem] or «tsar» [za:]). Not «M-T-S». Many of you say «MU55» or «Vostok» or «Baikal» and I don’t know why. I suppose that all USSR weapons were exported under one name (one exporter) «Vostok» and you know these all products as «Vostok» no matter TOZ35 or MTs55.

Also, MTs55 was a family of free pistols produced in USSR from 1961 to 1990 by TsKIB SOO.
TsKIB SOO (Russian abbr.: «ЦКИБ СОО» or full name «Центральное конструкторско-исследовательское бюро спортивного и охотничьего оружия». Full name in English: «Central Design and Research Bureau of sports and hunting weapons»). It is not so easy as may noticed. It is not a factory or something like this. It is state research bureau. Only high quality limited editions. The bureau has own website (unfortunately fully non-informative).

The series of MTs55 free pistols:
  • MTs55, 1795 pistols produced from 1961 to 1980;
  • MTs55-1, 466 pistols produced from 1971 to 1990;
  • MTs55-1M, 514 pistols produced from 1981 to 1990.
I need a couple of high quality photos of MTs55 for my gallery. If you own MTs55 – please make a couple of pictures for me on bright background (at least from left and right). Without direct flash (reflected flash light or natural light from window is OK). Thank you.

UPDATE: MTs 55-1M exploded view 

UPDATE 2: MTs-55-1M User Manual

22 comments:

  1. Nice info. Do you know the differences between the 3 models?

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  2. Everything I know - the first one had the breech lever on the bottom of a grip like TOZ35 - and the MTs55-1 and MTs55-1M have special opening lever in front of trigger guard. The later model had better groups.
    Olympic champion Melentiev used MTs55 (first series).

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    1. Looking at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnD3gBnUuDw it seems that Skanaker used a MTs55-1 or 1m in 1972. That is not consistent with the info above that states they are made between 1981 and 1990.

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    2. Yes. It is not so easy to find something about it.
      Here is eGun offer and owner writes about 1971. Hm...
      http://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=4206718
      I will change the date to 1971.

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  3. Anonymous5/10/10 00:39

    Hmm, my MTs55 is of the second type and was produced in 1973. Give me some time for the photos.

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  4. I also have a МЦ-55-1. If you still need some photos, I can try to make them.

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  5. Hello Valērijs! Just do it. Nice big photos...

    If you have user manual and if you could make a photo copy for us (or PDF-copy) - it would be great.

    Thanks.

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  6. Tag for interest... seems like manuals are pretty much non-existent...

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  7. MTs-55-1M Manual in PDF

    http://toz35.blogspot.com/2011/09/mts-55-1m-user-manual.html

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  8. Dear Igor,

    I watched the testing of the FWB AW93 with the active weight system very impressed.

    Testing active weight system with Feinwerkbau AW93 You tube.

    Where can I buy one of these?

    Best regards,

    Lucas

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    1. Hello,

      It was only a test. Unfortunately I have only one hand-made exemplar.

      best wishes.

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  9. Hello Igor,

    Since a few months I'm the proud owner of a MTs 55-1. Since I'm a left- handed shooter, I had to make my own grip on it
    I have tried to make some pictures, and put them on Picasa:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/104245480876562390919/FreePistol?authkey=Gv1sRgCLTp6dCpuI21Bw#

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  10. Anonymous11/7/13 15:57

    Hello,

    Since a few months, I'm also the proud owner of a MTs 55-1. It has been made in 1980.
    I know that there were about 1000 MTs55-1 of made.
    I'm trying to identify all of them, all around the world.
    At this time, I listed 100 of them.
    Can you give me the serial number of yours ?
    I imagine to create a web site especialy for this magic pistol. I will informe you.
    Thanks for your helps.
    Ben from Paris (France)

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    2. I have an MTU 55-1 and the first two numbers are 67. This is surely not manufactured in 1967 and contradicts the statement that the first two numbers are the year of manufacture.

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  11. Hello Ben,
    If you mail me to nolsaenen@yahoo.com, I will send you the serial number.
    I'm looking forward to your website! It is a magic pistol indeed, it makes this demanding discipline a little bit easier :-)

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  12. Hi guys i am trying to locate some spare parts for the MU55-1, is there anywhere that i can get these parts from? I have a friend who has an mu55 but a part has broken after about 35years.

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  13. Hello mr. Igor.
    I have one MU 55-1 serial number 760548. Been using it almost 8 years now. It always nice and good to shoot with this pistol until yesterday things happened. The trigger shoe seem to fall out of the spring internaly. I dont know how to dismount the gun and fix the problem.
    Do you have any idea..???

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    1. Hello! I cannot imagine what problem you have without any photo.

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  14. WHERE CAN I BUY A MTS 55-1 (1st-2nd-3rd release)?
    Thank Tou and all the best
    Roberto Messina - ITALY

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    1. Buy one in Germany and import it to Italy.

      Track this page and may be someone will offer one MTs-55 soon.
      http://egun.de/market/list_items.php?mode=cat&cat=156

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