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Old January 10, 2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Zastava M83 .357

I'm a new member and new to handguns. In fact my only real handgun experience is carrying a Beretta 9mm in the military; I now own a 96FS.

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts or first hand experience with the Zastava M83. Seem to be a lot of these that are now on the market, Cabelas is even selling. I found a deal on one (new but Yugoslavian model) which should be in to my local FFL next week. Just wondering what folks thought about this knock off S&W. Haven't really been able to find much in previous threads of on the web.

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Old January 10, 2014, 08:25 PM   #2
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I'd like to know more about them. Their semiauto pistols seem to get good reviews. My understanding was that they were going to produce a 9mm revolver too.
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Old January 12, 2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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I think there is a forum rule about making posts just to bump your thread to the top. Perhaps I'm wrong.
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Old January 12, 2014, 07:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info.
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Old January 12, 2014, 08:00 PM   #5
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Seem to be a lot of these that are now on the market, Cabelas is even selling.
Never heard of them.

Zastava's been around for a while, just not in the United State. Here's their pistol page: http://www.zastava-arms.rs/en/civili...pistol-ez9ez40. Not seeing anything there about revolvers, mostly their Tokarev clones.

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Cabela's does seem to think highly of them: http://www.cabelas.com/product/ZASTA...ER/1776332.uts $400 for any of 3 different SKUs, differing in what way exactly I can't tell.

One review, 3 stars out of 5. "For the money it is a really great gun." which doesn't give me a great deal of confidence.

If I was considering one, my question would be "who supports it?".

Are you looking for an inexpensive revolver? For the money, until these get a track record, I'd be looking rather at Charter Arms, Taurus, and used examples of S&W and Ruger.
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Old January 14, 2014, 09:51 AM   #6
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you could just buy it, and shoot it a bunch, then come back here and start a thread on how great/horrible it is, so then we know what to tell the next guy who asks this same question

seriously though, they seem to have been making decent semis for awhile and im sure they wouldnt have a prob making an ok revolver, just poke around the internet and see if you can fnd anything about there customer service and if you hear good things then give it a try, luckily they dont cost a mint, i doubt you would have a prob getting your money back out of it if you dont like it
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Old January 14, 2014, 10:12 AM   #7
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i did find a couple reviews, the complaint i hear is that it has a very heavy trigger and cant really be fixed up any, but the thing sure looks big and solid, didnt hear anything about failurer
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Old January 15, 2014, 07:19 AM   #8
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Dan's has had them listed for a month or two and it's been my experience that he doesn't list/sell anything he isn't personally impressed with.
I've gotten some real beauties from him over the past few years and never been disappointed.
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Old January 15, 2014, 07:50 AM   #9
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From the picture, it looks a lot like the revolvers from West Germany that were sold here, under various names, back in the eighties.
They used a two piece barrel, (a thin barrel inside the shroud), and internally were S&W like.
If so, the trigger can easily be improved.
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