I love my Tok


Shadow 7D
May 29, 2011, 12:48 AM
It's a blast, literally
Who else loves theirs
OH, and XR1200 need not apply, we already know your opinion.

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May 29, 2011, 12:54 AM
I've got two Polish Toks and just love them.

I wouldn't part with them for the love or money, even though they've almost doubled in value since I got them.

Like all collectible guns they're no longer being made and will only go up in value as they become more and more rare as time goes by.

Shadow 7D
May 29, 2011, 01:06 AM
I'm not set up for reloading, BUT, once I am, I'm getting dies for them

May 29, 2011, 01:59 AM
I did like my Romanian Tok a lot until my gun started hammerfollowing. Apparently the sear spring was getting weak. I bought a new sear spring to try and fix it, but I couldn't get it in, so I bent the existing sear spring back to its original configuration which solved the problem, until the firing pin retaining pin broke in two. Now its a paperweight. :(

May 29, 2011, 03:00 AM
Here's a pic of mine, it's a Norinco 213 in 9mm, I just made a set of grips for her, and I just love the little gal. It's very thin and compact when compared to most other 9mm's, and design wise, much easier to disassemble than the 1911. She doesn't miss a beat. Them Russkies know how to design weapons that work. http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z398/1homebrewed/PICT0028a.jpg

May 29, 2011, 05:01 AM
Is thin
Punches holes in things most pistols won't
Is reliable
Eats cheap ammo when you can find it
Eats moderately expensive centerfire pistol ammo when you can't
Is comfortable in hand
Is more than accurate enough for anything but "Bullseye" competition

My Tokarev and CZ52 are among my favorite guns, the only complaint I have is that magazines are hard to find, but as range toys I got over that.

UranusDestiny, I think you can find a pin replacement, figure out what size it needs and buy a handful.

Shadow 7D
May 29, 2011, 05:29 AM
That pin is a spit pin, and somewhat hard to find, but with the internet everything is just a few GOOGlE pages away.

May 29, 2011, 07:32 AM
I love my Tok
It's a blast, literally
Who else loves theirs ...

It is my favorite pistol to shoot ... slim, accurate, comfortable and reliable.

I am blessed to own several; 3 Russians, 2 Poles, 2 Yugos (M57) and 1 Romy ... and LOTS of the cheap milsurp ammo (and magazines) stockpiled. :)

May 29, 2011, 12:52 PM
I bent the existing sear spring back to its original configuration which solved the problem, until the firing pin retaining pin broke in two. Now its a paperweight

That pin is a spit pin, and somewhat hard to find,

True enough, but I can't see why a roll pin couldn't do the job until you find a proper replacement.

It fact the pistol in GotLead?'s photo appears to have a roll pin in there.

May 29, 2011, 01:01 PM
I have a Romanian Tokarev and I love it, it shoots 100% reliably for me and is more accurate than I am lol. I have 9mm and 7.62 barrels, and it even manages to feed the 9 fairly well too. It also makes a great little gun for taking out those nasty little critters that cause problems around the property, raccoons, foxes, groundhogs etc... it works great on em. Puts nice holes in just about everything, too. It's a great gun and well worth the cheap price it goes for.

May 29, 2011, 01:17 PM
About as much fun as you can get from a handgun. I used to essentially shun the Tokarev simply due to the appearance (grip angle). I purchased an M57 primarily to make use of my C&R and the price was appealing.

Wow, was I wrong about the Tokarev. I don't know how different the ergonomics are between the M57 and other toks, but this thing fits me sooo much better than my CZ-52. I was so impressed that I purchased a second.

They're great!

BTW, I did buy Lee dies for mine as originally I had planned on pulling some surplus fmj and replacing the slug with a commercial JSP. This was back when 70 round boxes of PPU (Yugoslavian surplus) was $5. It worked well enough, but I think I'll actually load some from scratch.

May 29, 2011, 03:54 PM
The slide stop pin on my Norinco is solid, but there are flats in the grove, which cleverly works with the retainer clip to act as a spring to keep the slide stop from rising inadvertently and locking the slide open before the last round. This can be a problem on 1911's, I have one that did this with certain flat nose and HP bullets until I dremeled a slight detent into the stop. However, Mr. Tokarev already had this problem licked right out of the box. Them Russkies sure know how to design a weapon!!

Shadow 7D
May 29, 2011, 06:17 PM
Snow, I agree, the 57 does have an improved grip with the that is completely different than the shorter framed brethren. You should try out it brother, the M88, you can get them for about 250~ new imported from EAA, I just wish they would bring in the wood gripped LUX line.

Hondo 60
May 29, 2011, 07:44 PM
Love my Yugo M57!
Burned through a whole spam can in about 2 months.
Just got setup to reload for it now.

Had a bit of an issue trying to get 'em to fit, but I got it now.
They wanted to stick in the chamber.
(thought I had it worked out before, but had to take a whole box apart.) :(

May 29, 2011, 08:25 PM
I like my M57...haven't shot it a lot yet but it's fun. While the grip angle takes a little getting used to and the trigger pull in mine is a bit stiff it's still a fun gun to blast away with. It's a cool piece of history, an interesting chambering and fun to shoot.

My one huge regret is not buying a bunch of surplus a year ago.


Shadow 7D
May 30, 2011, 05:57 AM
how did you fix it hondo?

May 30, 2011, 06:02 AM
I have a Polish Tok and love it. It's accurate, comfortable to shoot, it's thin for easy carry, and powerful.

fallout mike
May 30, 2011, 10:17 PM
It's on my to buy list. Regardless of what Xr says.

May 30, 2011, 10:38 PM
"Cast not your pearls before swine, lest they trample them beneath their feet"

Some people just aren't smart enough to appreciate the classics.

The history and style of these vintage weapons is totally lost on their simple minds, who only understand cheap and easy.

Thank goodness there are still people who can appreciate fine old pieces like the Tok.

More's the pity for those who can't.

May 31, 2011, 01:02 AM
I can somewhat understand the lack of enthusiasm from those who want a pistol for nothing more than punching holes in paper and duty/defense. One thing that's mysteriously (and frustratingly) lost on them is sometimes a pistol isn't purchase for duty/defense or competitive target work. Sometimes a pistol is purchased simply for collection or fun.

I'm hard-pressed to think of a more enjoyable pistol to blast reactive targets with than a Tok. It also doesn't hurt that I stocked up early when I purchased my now-divested CZ-52 and now have several thousand rounds of Romanian, Polish and (primarily) Yugoslavian PPU surplus to keep my M57s fed for a few years.

May 31, 2011, 04:04 AM
I've had one of the Romanian models for about 2 years now. As a cheap paper puncher it's fun (probably less so once my supply of Romanian 7.62x25 runs out). It's certainly not the most reliable nor mechanically sound pistol I own (I had to JB Weld the retaining pin for the firing pin assembly in place, and it's fairly jam-happy with the surplus stuff; don't know if it's a bad batch of ammo or something to do with the gun).

Shadow 7D
May 31, 2011, 04:25 AM
Magazine lips, usually, the can get a bit out of whack, if you tweak them a bit, it usually solves it, either that or you didn't clean the cosmoline out of the springs, that'll do it too.

Mine run fine with everything I've fed them.

May 31, 2011, 04:35 AM
Russian 1949. Fits great in my M7 holster.


May 31, 2011, 03:37 PM

June 1, 2011, 05:23 PM
I too love my M57. I bought it pretty much on a whim (yay C&R!) but it has turned out to be a real favorite. It's very comfortable in the hand and just an all around fun gun. I too wish I'd bought more of the surplus when it was available. I only ordered 4 70rd boxes from J&G when I ordered the M57 (I didn't know I'd like it as much as I do) and by the time I went back to order more (a few days later) they were sold out...must have been some of the last. I'm hoping to see some more come in soon but even the new commercial stuff isn't too pricey (cheaper than most .45acp, etc). I plan on getting into reloading soon (due to other much higher cost ammo needs from others in the collection) and I'll be sure to start reloading for my M57 so I'm not that worried about it.

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