The Zastava M57 pistol was a standard sidearm of the Yugoslav Army. It is a single-action pistol chambered for the fast and powerful 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge. These are very popular surplus weapons in the West, as they are affordable and plentiful.
The Zastava M57 pistol is short-recoil-operated, locked-breech pistol that uses a Browning-type action with swinging link. Originally the pistol has no manual safeties except for a half-cock notch on the hammer.
The single-action Zastava M57 semi-automatic pistol is a license-made copy of the mid-1930s Soviet Tokarev TT pistols, themselves near copies of the legendary M1911. However, the Soviet guns were slightly different, optimized for Soviet tooling and tweaked for simplified and faster mass production. The Tokarev guns were also chambered around the fast, powerful, flat-trajectory 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge.
As such, the Tokarev TTs served Soviet soldiers and aviators during World War II against Germany and her allies all across the Eastern Front and later fighting Japan. The solid steel structure and robust construction of the TTs permitted them to endure a wide latitude of combat, environmental and weather conditions.
Zastava started as a cannon foundry in 1851 as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, thus it’s been in business roughly 170 years. After World War II, it commenced license-producing arms. In 1957, Zastava undertook making the Zastava M57 in Yugoslavia before the 1990s’ balkanization of that nation. While production hasn’t moved, its city and nation of origin is now Beograd (formerly Belgrade), Serbia.
Like the Tokarev TTs, the Zastava M57 uses 7.62 x 25 Tokarev ammunition and has two nine round single-stack magazines with witness holes, so it’s easy to see how many rounds are loaded.
Zastava M57 Specifications:
- Caliber/Gauge: 7.62x25mm
- Capacity: 9+1
- Action: Single Action
- Frame: Steel
- Slide: Steel
- Safety: Half Cock
- Barrel Length: 4.6″
- Sights: Fixed Front and Fixed Rear
- Trigger Pull: 7.5 lbs.
- Overall Length: 7.25″
- Weight: 1.67lbs.