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Old 08-31-2019, 4:09 PM
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Exclamation Odd m57 Zastava tokarev. Help..

Hello everyone. Just looking at my m57 zastava tokarev from Yugoslavia. Looking to get it dated as I like to know things about my firearms. First thing I did was hit up Google and I found this bit of info on multiple sites.

The date sequence is one of the following:

1957 __ __ (5 torch crests only)
1958 A- __
1959 B- A-
1960 C- B-
1961 D- C-
1962 E- D-
1963 F- E- (5 or 6 torch crests)
1964 G- F- (6 torch crests only)
1965...
I also found the lettering around the star on the grip changed from FNRJ to SFRJ when the serial number scheme changed from suffix to prefix.
FNRJ = Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia = 1946-1963
SFRJ = Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia = 1963-1992 (Socijalistička Federativna Republika Jugoslavija)

Now here is the catch. This pistol has no Crest on the slide at all. The serial number is c185xxx. The serial number suggests 1960 1961. The grips seem incorrect. The ones installed say SFRJ. They should with this early serial number say FNRJ. The pistol has been modified with a safety on the frame for importation. I know some newer ones had safteys added directly to the slide. The grips have space for a lanyard but there is none. The mags both have lanyard loops.

Looking for anything that would give me more information about the history of the pistol.
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Old 08-31-2019, 7:16 PM
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Grips probably are not original to the gun, pretty typical for imports.
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Old 08-31-2019, 8:26 PM
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I have one without a crest. I think they are commercial pistols that had safety added to import. Bought mine from AIM and it was $159 they aren't much more now.


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Old 09-02-2019, 3:40 PM
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I thought as much about the grips. If this is commercial do the serial number dates still apply. This thing looks pretty old then again heavy use can make anything look old.
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Old 09-02-2019, 4:12 PM
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I was under the impression that the majority of the M57's that were imported in the past were military surplus. I will admit that I haven't personally looked at a lot of them, but of the ones I have seen, they conform to the chart in the original post. It would really help if you could post up some good pictures of your gun to see if someone could pick up a few hints as to it's lineage. As far as I have seen there are three different safety configurations imported into the US, one on the frame, one on the slide (new production) and the Glock trigger.

I have a "G" prefix M57 and it matches the chart exactly as to the number of torch crests and the logo on the grips.




Does the texture of the finish on the slide match this?
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Old 09-05-2019, 6:30 PM
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I was under the impression that the majority of the M57's that were imported in the past were military surplus. I will admit that I haven't personally looked at a lot of them, but of the ones I have seen, they conform to the chart in the original post. It would really help if you could post up some good pictures of your gun to see if someone could pick up a few hints as to it's lineage. As far as I have seen there are three different safety configurations imported into the US, one on the frame, one on the slide (new production) and the Glock trigger.

I have a "G" prefix M57 and it matches the chart exactly as to the number of torch crests and the logo on the grips.




Does the texture of the finish on the slide match this?
FWIW there were two types of "frame" installed safeties for import I've seen, the 1911 style and the other one is little flip lever on the Romanian version, I think.
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