zastava m57/ tokarev 7.62x25

Discussion in 'Curio & Relics Forum' started by oscarmayer, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Mitja

    Mitja New Member

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    All Zastava M57 are originaly without side safety. Serbian army recently sold 15.000 pcs of M57 army pistols to Austrian dealer. Pistols were then sold to US distributor, but had to be equiped with additional safety due to US regulations. The pistols were added side safety in austrian workshop, but the work was done by three serbian gunsmiths who came from Zastava Arms factory.
    Civilian M57 pistols have serial numbers that starts with letter "C". There were some minor changes in history of production of M57 pistols. In the beggining grip pannels were marked FNRJ (Federative National Republic Jugoslavia), after year 1962 the mark changed to SFRJ (Socialistic Federative Republic Jugoslavia). First produced pistols (not mor than 1000 pcs) had smaller ejection potr on the slide. The M57 pistols are stil in Zastava production program.
  2. oscarmayer

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    you would be wrong, there were m57 produced with factory installed safetys pix2305935640.jpg
  3. Mitja

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    Here is how M57 looks in original as it is sold in Europe. All pistols sold to US market were additionaly equipped with side safety, I personaly withnesed the instalation.
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  4. oscarmayer

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    this was true of some of the m57's but the later ones long before they were imported were changed to incorporate a safety. and i'll dig out my letter from an engineer at the serbian plant in kregujevac scan it and post it here. i was surprised that this was the case as i was always told no safety were ever installed except to be imported
  5. Mitja

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    Civilian M57 pistols have letter C infront of the serial No., these pistols can be ordered to the factory with additional safety installed. If you bought pistol sold from Yugo army arsenal, the pannels are marked SFRJ or FNRJ and the parts of the pistol (including magazine) are marked with 6 digit numbers. (slide 1-00.001, frame 2-00.101, trigger 2-00.004, ...), Service pistols were all without additional side safety.
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  6. Mitja

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    If someone is interested I still have some of the M57 pistols on stock.
    From the old version with FNRJ panels i have the following serial No.: 002, 003 and 3847. No. 2 and 3 are colector items.
  7. oscarmayer

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    we might be talking the same thing here , by installed for importation i was thinking of the cobbled together safety put on some of the tok's sent into the usa like the polish ones with that god awefull thing they threw together just above the mag release (exporter or importer installed.) the toks ( m57 ) had theirs installed at the factory for importation ( the yugo models with the crest)
  8. Mitja

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    New Zastava M57 pistols are not equipped with side safety. The safety is installed on request by Zastava gunsmiths if the pistol is to be sent to US.
    Here is the current M57 pistol picture: http://www.zastava-arms.rs/cms/index.php?id=40
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  9. oscarmayer

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    the bottom line is they are factory installed unlike the other tokarevs' imported into the us
  10. Mitja

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    Collector firearms that have been additionaly equipped with certain furniture are not collector items any more. M57 with side safety is not considered as original. For sport shooters this is not important fact.
  11. woolleyworm

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    Mitja - thanks for the informative posts; great info ! I've got a friend that has an M57 and this should answer a couple of his questions about the gun.
  12. permafrost

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    I have to agree as to their collector status. I imagine some of the originals are in the US without the added safety and that damn GIANT billboard import stamp, but I haven't seen one. They would definitely be more collectable. I personally love the two I have, but had to modify the add on safety on both of them for them to work correctly. What a shame to deface these weapons. They are built better than any other Tokarev out there, including the Russian. OK go ahead and jump on me( insert flame here)
  13. gun-nut

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    I agree with the power of that little 7.62x25 round, it is hot! i have a cz52 and love it but the mags do like to ware out. I do like the fast slide and barrel removal. Makes cleaning fast. If you spend just a little time on the mags and do some work, you can get them to take 9 rds.:D
  14. remington30

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    Mitja -
    I was searching for info on the M57 and stumbled on this forum. Do you have any information as to which serial numbers correspond to which years of production?

    My M57 has SFRJ grip panels and six digit electropencil arsenal marks on the major component groups as you mentioned. The pistol was completely new when I purchased it, although it was coated in cosmoline. The serial number on the slide is O-270xxx. Any information you have is appreciated.

    It is a very interesting, well built pistol, and I intend to buy a spare soon for a .22 caliber wildcat project.
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  15. MJ1

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    $200

    I can hit the black on a rifle target at 100 yards no problem.

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    Solid handgun great deal, collectable who cares?

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