|Place of origin||Yugoslavia|
|Cartridge||9×19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W|
|Action||Short recoil actuated, locked breech, single action|
|Feed system||8-round magazine|
Based on the design specifications, the pistol is an improved version on the previous Tokarev-based M57 and M70 pistols, with the main difference being that it is chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum for export purposes.
The M88 saw limited use as a service pistol with the Yugoslav police and military forces, but was replaced by the higher capacity CZ 99 series, while sometimes used as a training pistol in some military training camps in Serbia. Since then it has been widely available for civilian purchase. The M88 and M88A are also imported into the United States by the K-VAR/FIME Group.