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Old 12-14-2015, 06:57 PM   #1
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Well guys, I finally got to go to the range with the new Zastava M70A and see how it shoots. Look at the photo and I'll say more below it.



Now whoever said these guns aren't accurate is full of prunes. These groups were fired over a shooting bag for a rest at 15 yards with a trigger weighing in at around 15 pounds in the hands of a 73 year old shooter and common Remington ammo. The discs are 3" in diameter. When I get some pounds off of the trigger pull, I'm going to bet this gun is as accurate as any other service 9mm auto pistol, even some with prestigious names.

I greased the hammer sear (it's the only one visible) with Mobilgrease 28 Synthetic Aircraft Grease, dry fired it a couple hundred times and the trigger is now down around 10 pounds according to my Mark V Triggerfingerguessometer.

There were no malfunctions, but I only fired 27 rounds in it.....my trigger finger wore out!

The pistol is easy as heck to clean and I'm really getting fond of its slender size. Anyway, I can't see any reason to believe it won't be a very good shooter. And by the way, the slide to frame fit is tight with absolutely no wobble at all.

Jer PS - You have to remove the fire control module and ease back on the hammer just a bit to see the hammer sear.
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Old 12-14-2015, 08:21 PM   #2
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First off, since I'm 66 yrs. old, its always great to know somebody here is older than I am :-)

Nice shooting Mr. Jaypee, especially so with a 10 lb trigger. I haven't run across another 220.00 dollar gun that can come close to that... for that matter we've got several at the store costing way more and don't/won't/can't shoot as good as that. Pardon the intentional pun but that's a lot of bang for the buck.
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Old 12-14-2015, 11:26 PM   #3
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Real nice shooting JayPee. Thats is a nice little pistol to shoot.
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Looks like fun Jer. My finger would wear out too with a 15 lbs trigger pull. :-)

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That accuracy is good enough for the girls that I go out with!! No room to fuss on it's accuracy!!
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A Polish T33 in 7.62x25 I had a couple years ago had that very, very hard trigger pull. I took it to my gunsmith to lighten it, and next trip to the range it started doubling on me. I ordered new parts, put them in myself, and although the pull might have been a tad lighter, I never trusted the gun again even though the doubling seemed to have been stopped completely. My conscience won't let me trade off a potentially dangerous gun, so once restored, I traded it off. I guess this is a cautionary tale Jer; it may be hard to get that trigger pull much lighter without some risk.
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Hello JayPee,

Nice shooting sir and I am glad that you like the M-70A! Vant and I were commenting how the grip looks so "unergonomic" until you pick it up last weekend during a "Carolina" meet, greet and shoot. You've done well sir!

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A Polish T33 in 7.62x25 I had a couple years ago had that very, very hard trigger pull. I took it to my gunsmith to lighten it, and next trip to the range it started doubling on me. I ordered new parts, put them in myself, and although the pull might have been a tad lighter, I never trusted the gun again even though the doubling seemed to have been stopped completely. My conscience won't let me trade off a potentially dangerous gun, so once restored, I traded it off. I guess this is a cautionary tale Jer; it may be hard to get that trigger pull much lighter without some risk.
Yes I've reached the same conclusion, Ray. I'm sure shooting it will lighten it up more in the future, so I'm going to the range tomorrow to give it another dose. I don't mess around with triggers as a rule, and this doesn't seem like the right gun to start on.
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Hello JayPee,

Nice shooting sir and I am glad that you like the M-70A! Vant and I were commenting how the grip looks so "unergonomic" until you pick it up last weekend during a "Carolina" meet, greet and shoot. You've done well sir!

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Thanks Chris. We're calling it the Tokaslav for lack of a better name.

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I took the pistol back out again today and was surprised at how much pull weight had been taken off the trigger just by greasing the hammer sear and dry firing it. I put another 55 rounds through it and continue to be impressed with its accuracy. I tried it out on a close-in combat silhouette and had no difficulty adapting to it at all. I'd like to get a higher round count going, but it's tough to shoot a lot with only two 9 round mags.
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