Zastava M-70 Semi-Automatic Pistol

This 7.65mm (.32 ACP) caliber pistol was originally designed in 1967 and was modified in 1970 from a short-recoil action to a much more cost effective blowback system. Known in the U.S.A. as the Zastava M-70, it is often referred to as the M 67/70 in Russia, and nicknamed the “Yovanovitch” (a rare, obscure Serbian pistol designed in the 1930s), in the former Soviet Union and Eastern European countries that were one time communist satellites. Utilizing an eight-round magazine, the M-70 was issued to high-ranking Yugoslavian military officers and police during the Cold War, and was originally manufactured by Zavodi Crvena Zastava from 1970 until the beginning of the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. It was sold on the European commercial market during the Combloc era as well. By 2011, it was back in production by the reorganized Zastava Arms of Kragujevac, Serbia. This version is not currently imported to the U.S., however fair quantities of the communist-era variation have been imported at various times. A variation has been catalogued since the 1970s specifying the M-70 in .380 ACP, otherwise known as 9mm Kretek in Serbian. None of these have been seen in the West, and collectors in Europe state that few have ever been seen there, making it a very rare version. The hard rubber grips on the M-70 have a ZCZ circular logo, and all pistols have a bar-type thumb safety on the left rear frame. The pistol is, in essence, a mini Tokarev. Care should be taken not to confuse it with the Zastava M-70A which is a 9mm Luger caliber variant of the full size 7.62x25mm M-57. For M-70 pistols-with the original communist-era box, spare magazine and cleaning brush, add 100 percent to prices below. Engraved examples in various grades normally reap a substantially higher price. A .380 ACP chambering could perhaps double the New-in-Box value, depending on condition.
Very Good$0000