Zastava M70 (pistol)
The Zastava M70, formerly designated CZ M70 (Crvena Zastava Model 1970) is semi-automatic pistol produced by Zastava Arms as a sidearm for Yugoslav police and certain military officers. 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).
|Place of origin||Yugoslavia/Serbia|
|Manufacturer||Crvena Zastava (now Zastava Arms)|
|Cartridge||.32 ACP (7.65 mm) 9mm Kratak (.380 ACP)|
|Feed system||8 (.32 ACP) or 7 (.380 ACP) round single-stack magazine|
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.
For many years these pistols were used by Yugoslavian police 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.
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- http://www.zastava-arms.rs/en/civilianproduct/pistol-m70 manufacturer's website
- world.guns.ru Crvena Zastava M70 pistol (Serbia / former Yugoslavia)
- "World Infantry Weapons: Serbia". 2014. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016.