The rabbi taught me to insert a magazine into a pistol in no uncertain terms. This “take no prisoners” approach to loading/reloading is not without its consequences. For one thing, I can’t carry a compact semi. You have no idea how many nerve endings are in the palm of your hand until you pinch the palm of your hand inside a mag-well at full throttle. Unless, of course, you’ve already done it; in which case I’m willing to bet you don’t carry a compact gun either. For another, on older pistols like my Colt Hammerless or this Yugo Tokarev M57, a forceful mag injection will release the slide. In extreme cases, the M57 will discharge. What’s Yugoslavian for oops?
Fun Gun Reviews Presents: Zastava M57 Tokarev Pistol in 7.62×25. Based on the Soviet TT side arm, the M57 is a new manufactured handgun out of Serbia and imported by Century Arms International. It also is available in 9mm as the M70A.
I figured it might be fun to get away from my usual fare and instead write an impromptu gun review. Now I have something of a fondness for Eastern European handguns, and one of my favorites is the Yugoslavian M57. The M57 is a variation of the Soviet TT-33 Tokarev semiautomatic pistol. Now several countries within the Sino-Soviet sphere fielded their own copies of the little Tok (all more or less clones of the original), but the Yugoslavians took a slightly different approach with their rendition, creating what many regard as the best of the breed.