Zastava M70 (pistol)

The Zastava M70, formerly designated CZ M70 (Crvena Zastava Model 1970) is semi-automatic pistol produced by Zastava Arms[1] as a sidearm for Yugoslav police and certain military officers.[2] The pistol was loosely based on the Zastava M57, but is scaled down to accept the smaller and less powerful 7,65mm Browning (.32 ACP) or 9mm Kratak (.380 ACP).

Zastava M70
TypeSemi-automatic pistol
Place of originYugoslavia/Serbia
Production history
ManufacturerCrvena Zastava (now Zastava Arms)
Mass670 grams
Barrel length94mm

Cartridge.32 ACP (7.65 mm) 9mm Kratak (.380 ACP)
Feed system8 (.32 ACP) or 7 (.380 ACP) round single-stack magazine
SightsIron sights

Design details

The M70 is a recoil-operated, single-action, pistol. This model differs most significantly from the locked-breech M57 by employing simple blowback, as this method is suitable for less powerful ammunition. Other differences from the parent M57 are found in the safety mechanisms, with both a manual safety lever and a magazine disconnect being present. The manual safety lever is located on the left side of the frame, above the grip panel, and flips forward to fire and back to engage the safety.

Owing to its Tokarev design lineage, the pistol is easy to dissemble and the hammer assembly is removable as one piece. The sights are fixed, with the rear sight being drift-adjustable for windage.


For many years these pistols were used by Yugoslavian police[3] and military. Today many of these pistols are sold worldwide as surplus and are popular among civilians in Serbia, sometimes referred as "Pčelica" (little bee), as well as backup guns for police.

See also


  1. manufacturer's website
  2. Crvena Zastava M70 pistol (Serbia / former Yugoslavia)
  3. "World Infantry Weapons: Serbia". 2014. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016.
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