Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JCooperfan1911, Nov 21, 2021.
I had a CZ52 which I would recommend that was purpose built and shot well.
If OP plans on shooting, I would suggest CZ52 ... but where would you get the ammo?
If OP plans on just keeping it, I guess ammo availability won't matter.
I take that back ... I guess ammo is available and priced OK ... So get the gun.
7.62x25 is not a bad round.
Now, personally, I found a CZ-52 more comfortable to shoot. But, I will have bias there. (That, and you can switch a CZ-52 to 9x19 with just a barrel swap what with the roller locking to lock the thing up.)
Finding the 7.62x25 ammo is not that much more difficult than finding 9x18.
The pistols do not show any signs of loosing value anytime soon, so the cash is probably not much at risk.
I also have a 9x19 barrel for a TT-33. Works fine.
Actually I only tried it, many years ago, in 2 of my TTs and stored it, uninstalled, thereafter. For several years I have used it as a Quick Check gauge for hand-/re-loaded 9x19 ammunition. It hangs from a little hook by its link from the shelf behind my reloading station.
Very nice! You have skills.
I would be especially careful to get one with clean rifling.
I wouldn't go out of my way to replace it but if I saw one locally at a fair price, I might snag another.
As I recall - it had hammer bite and wasn't very ergonomic for shooting.
Norinco sells a copy of the Sig P226 in 7.62x25. The Canadians can buy it. Kind of a neat gun.
removed, with end result being drop-free mags.
When they became available I bought one immediately.
However, after having it to the range, I found I didn’t like it very much. I found the rumors of easily broken firing pins were true…mine broke with one, single inadvertent dry fire.
The Tokarev is better in every way. As noted, it is very slim… I can’t think of another full sized service pistol that is as easy to carry IWB.
My Romanian Tok has served as a backpacking pistol. When the plandemic and riots started, and I could see the crazy in peoples eyes, my Tok became my car gun, tucked away with four mags.
At the range, I have rung the 100yd 10” round steel plate easily with the flat shooting 7.62x25.
As for ammo, back in the glory import days I bought a sealed spam can of Romanian military ammo, so I’m ok.
I let a Norinco go years ago and regret it still, I have other things I want but might just put them on hold to have the chance at another. I reload already for my old surplus M57, and plus it told me it's lonely.
Mine has a... well... "military" trigger, six or seven pounds, but it is consistent. It shoots 4-6" at 25 and close enough to hit a person at 50. That's good enough for me. My biggest criticism of the gun is the rear sight. Not that the notch is too small or too hard to see, but instead the fact that it is sticking so far up in the air. And is is mounted in a very narrow dove tail for a base. One good drop on a hard surface that catches the sight just right and it can loosen in the dovetail. It happened to me.
I would buy two or three more if I could.
Wow a compensator
I'd suggest a Zastava since it's got the longer grip frame and loads more rounds.
Grip panels are a little worn, but it shoots fine. Try to find one without import marks and after-market safety.
One thing people don't often take into account is the magazines.
They still make tokarevs, and the magazines. Zastava is still around and producing both 9mm and 7.62x25mm.
The only reason I'd suggest one of the other tokarevs instead of an M57 is compatibility. Sometimes I find super cheap working tokarev magazines, but they're the 8 round mags, the ones the M57 isn't compatible with because of the grip. With, say, a TTC, you can use any 8 rounders, as well as the yugo 9 rounders.
The blade safety is the best option. To legally import these pistols the importer has to add a safety. Previously they marred the gun by drilling a hole in the frame to add a thumb safety that didn't even work well. These blade safeties can be removed and replaced with a standard trigger and you then have an original pistol.
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