Yugoslav M57 Tokarev Pistol.
The M57A is a derivative of the TT30/33 Tokarev which was the standard Russian Pistol of WW II. The TT30/33’s action is similar to Browning desinged pistols like the M1911. It fires the 7.62 x 25 mm round which is a bottle necked cartrige very similar to the 7.63mm Mauser used in the 1898 “Broomhandle” Mauser. This round is also, used by the PPSh-41 and PPS-43 and similar in power to many handgun cartriges of the 1930s and 40s. With 8 rounds in the magazine, a push button magazine release, and an accurate and reliable action the Tokarev was competitive handgun in its era. It was widely used by the Soviet Union and its client states.
The original design was the TT30 of 1930, but this was replaced by the TT33. Chinese variants are almost the same as the Russians. However Egypt and Yugoslavia refined the design. The first Yugoslav variant was the M57, this was very similar with the most notable difference being slightly longer grip to accomodate 1 more round in the magazine (9rds in the M57 vs 8rds in the TT33). The M57A added a safety over the left grip. The M70 is a 9mm version, while the M88 is compact version of the M70. The M70 and M88 where still being manuractured new in 2015.
Version - Tokarev M57
Caliber - 7.62 x 25mm Tokarev
Receiver - Steel.
Action - Single Action Short Recoil.
Grips - Plastic.
Barrel - 4.6”.
Overall Length - 7.9”.
Weight - 2.0 lbs unloaded.
Magazines - 9 rd Detachable Box.
Sights - Fixed Notched Blade and Ramp.
3 Generations of Soviet Cold War Handguns. From Top: M1895 Nagant, M57 Tokarev, and Makarov
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