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American Handgunner May/June 2011 - Page 62
Z Mike CuMpston A downsized version of the Russian Tokarev TT33, the Zastava M88 is chambered for 9mm Para and 40 S&W. While the Toks relied primarily on an inertia firing pin and hammer-down carry, the Zastava has a slide-mounted manual safety locking the firing pin and blocking the hammer. The Tokarev was based on the early Browning/Colt design with internal locking lugs and progressive feed. The pistol was designed 1930-33 by Fedor Tokarev with major departures from the Browning design aimed toward simplicity, ease of mass production and interchangeability of parts. AsTAvA Modern CCW Meets old-school thinking Z astava Arms, founded early in the last century, is the major producer of military and sporting arms for Serbia and much of Eastern Europe. American Handgunner reviewed the Model EZ 9, a modern double-action pistol based on the SIG 226 (July/Aug 2008, Handgunner) but embodying design features that diverge significantly from the original pistol and its current antecedents. We found the EZ to be an attractively priced, high quality pistol. Other Zastava products available domestically through European American Armory are an AK-based sporting 62 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MAY/JUNE 2011