The Yugoslavian Zastava M57 is a updated/improved Tokarev variant developed in 1957 for the military of the no-longer-existing country of Yugoslavia; Zastava is now a Serbian company.
The M57 is not an exact clone of the Soviet T30 or T33, unlike the Romanian Tokarevs now available, although it is pretty close. It has a longer grip to hold a longer magazine that holds 9 rather than the 8 rounds of a standard Tokarev. The first models had no safety, but later a safety was integrated into the M57 design (so it is not an add-on for importation, as with standard Tokarevs). They have only recently been imported into the US in any significant numbers, and have a very good reputation.
The downside to this is that you cannot use the standard Tokarev magazines; they are too short. M57 magazines are hard to find, although they may become more available as more of these pistols are imported.
There is a 9mm version known as the M70.
Originally Posted by oscarmayer
i just bought a tokarev
it's marked m57 with a yugo... crest on top of the slide. marked on the slide is 7.62x25 m57 . ok i get it. BUT all the research i did last night shows no safety. now i know some of the imports have had safetys installed to make them importable/legal these safetys are mounted under the slide above the magazine release. this "m57" has a factory installed safety in the same location as on the 1911. flip up to put the gun on safe,notch in slide (wish i could post pictures
) but now my question was this a later edition? is this normal? most tokarevs i've seen have no safetys or a "installed" after the fact safety to make them legal for import ???