I recently picked up a surplus 7.62 X 25mm Yugoslavian tokarev from my local gun store. The price was very resonable and it is in pretty good condition. As you tokarev owners know the grips on these things are less than perfect. I have large hands so the thickness of the panels is not really a problem, they do make a very thin gun fatter but the worst is the profile. The stock grips feel like I am holding on to a 2 x 4. The pictures below are of the first set of prototype grips. I experimented with neodymium magnets to hold the the panels on. I like the look with no hardware showing but the magnets are too small to hold the grips on as securely as I would like. They don't rattle and they wouldn't just fall off but I can knock them off if I try hard enough. I'll have something closer to factory hardware fabricated for my production grips.
These panels cover about the same amount of the frame as the factory grips. I have been reading and it looks like the import safety ruins the trigger pull on some guns. Mine seems to be fine but lots of people remove the safety for shooting. I am planning on making some extended panels that will cover the safety hole in the frame. It's a little ugly to have an open hole in the frame and dust could get on the sear and hammer that is right there.
I would be very interested to hear from M57 owners about their experiences with these guns. I haven't had a chance to take mine to the range but it seems like a very well made gun. I would also appreciate any feed back on what people would like as far as grips goes.
|M57 Tokarev with stock grips.|
|Prototype birdseye maple M57.|
|The other side.|
|Thickness and profile of prototype vs stock M57 grips.|
|Stock hardware and prototype magnet hardware. The magnets|
are just not quite strong enough.