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Old March 13, 2013, 08:57 PM   #1
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PISTOL ZASTAVA M70A 9MM 4.5 Barre.l

Just brought this pistol (maded in Serbia) and took it to the range. I shot 50rds of Federal 115gain, copper coated, box says 1125fps. I could not get thru a 8rd mag (filled and shot the 8rd mag 6 times) without the pistol either competely leaving the spend rd in the chamber or pulling it out halfway preventing the live rd from entering the chamber. It did one of the two in every loading of the mag.
The next day I shot 50rds of my reloads 115 gain, copper coated, 1164fps
and the pistol left one rd in the chamber one time.
Any thoughts or replys that the forum might have to the above will
be greatly appreciated.
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Old March 13, 2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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Thanks for the update---I've been looking at these little guns since they came out.

Now--thoughts: First off, did you clean/lubricate it prior to shooting?
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Old March 13, 2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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I would have the same question as plouffedaddy. It could be the pistol is just beginning to break-in, and your next range trip might be perfect.

It sounds like your reloads are just slightly warmer than the factory loads. This could of helped the situation.

I just googled it, and I will say it is better looking than my old Haskell .45.

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Old March 13, 2013, 09:57 PM   #4
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Did you clean it good before shooting ?
Some guns are greased with heavy grease at the factory,
which will interfere with the performance.
You may already know this, if so disregard.
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Old March 13, 2013, 11:49 PM   #5
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I have read that those pistols prefer hot ammo.
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Old March 14, 2013, 03:47 PM   #6
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No, I did not clean it before I went to to the range. I'll be going back out
in a week or so and by then I will have cleaned the pistol. My intention is to
shoot 147gain fmj at that time about the same fps. Will see what happens.
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Old May 12, 2013, 08:07 PM   #7
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Any update to this? I was thinking of buying one of these and was curious how it was working for you.
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Old May 12, 2013, 08:21 PM   #8
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I bought the identical Zastava M57A in 7.62x25.
Out of the box, it had some kind of oil-like substance on it. When cleaning the bore, the patches were oily brown. Likewise the rest of the pistol. I lubed it generously with Ballistol.
My first range trip, I fired 70rds of Romanian surplus, and 30 of S&B.
It worked perfectly.
It is certainly the finest Tokarev available, IMHO. If the your 9mm can be sorted out, I'm sure you will be happy with it.
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Old June 4, 2013, 06:30 PM   #9
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Here is the update on my PISTOL ZASTAVA M70A 9MM 4.5 Barrel.
Two trips to range and after the second trip I really cleaned the piston and
mags and REALLY lubed it with BREAK FREE! No more feeding problems, even with rds that are only going 970fps.
Fourth trip to range, pistol really needed cleaning, to push front sight over to the left to make up for the pistol consistenly shooting to left. (Front
sight bent like a little elf shoe). Six mags full(9 rds per mags) plus one in chamber with each mag total 70 rds on target no feeding troubles and the
pistol was dirty.
Going to clean it up this evening, really good. I'm HAPPY, HAPPY and would no hesitate to purchase another one. I like it's steel constrution, its
weight and feel..........HAPPY HAPPY.
Ok, I'm getting carryed away, because the pistol does have a little less than a 1/4 inch play in the trigger pull which although I can live with it I
hope I can do something about it.
Where was I? Oh yeah, HAPPY, HAPPY
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