Lindy, who blogs at Vodka and Espresso, sent us this beautiful photo of this  Yugo M57 Tokarev and Bulgarian Makarov, both with some custom grips.



  • PeterK

    Wow. I honestly never thought I’d see either of those guns looking so good. Huge props. For the grips and the great photo.

  • Darren Hruska

    Damn sexy! I wonder how much grips like those would cost. It’d be an awesome addition to these roughly $240 handguns.

  • Barry

    These pistols look nice! Can you change the sights? I heard those are the weak points.

    • Lindy

      Not sure about Tokarevs, but Novak will mill out Makarov slides for their .380 Colt sights.

  • Grindstone50k

    Wow, those grips doe…

    • USMC03Vet

      Bae caught me reloadin’

  • samvegas

    “Some custom grips” is a bit of an understatement.

  • Lance

    Like the Makarov grip very nice looking. From Russia with fun!

  • Blake

    Real nice. The Soviet star is a nice touch.

    Looks almost as good as our CZ-83. Almost…

    • iksnilol


      I have always wanted a CZ 83 and you aren’t helping. 15 rounds of .32 and those nice grips. All in a compact package. If only I could integrally supress one.

      • Blake

        If you don’t mind going with a Soviet caliber, there are a lot of CZ 82s floating around out there for a lot less money than 83s in western calibers.

        Personally I think 9×18 Makarov has a lot going for it:

        – more oompf than .380 – in fact about as much as a blowback handgun can take

        – cheaper than .380. In fact ball ammo is about the same price as 9mm Parabellum (~25¢/rnd).

        Hornady now offers a couple of Critical Defense & XTP Makarov loads, so the old argument that you can only get ball ammo for it is no longer valid. Also Prvi Partizan has good/cheap hollowpoints if you just want fun plinking ammo.

        • Lindy

          I’ve got Buffalo Bore 9×18 in my Makarov and it performs pretty well according to Brass Fetcher. CZ 82/83s and Makarovs are great budget CC guns.

      • Blake

        But if I was going to get something specifically for suppressor use I’d go with an inherently subsonic round and an action that doesn’t vent any gas (i.e. no revolvers or semi-autos).

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        • iksnilol

          .32 is as far as I recall a subsonic round by default (unless you go with all the hyper-velocity stuff).

          I like 9mm Makarov but .32 is more practical in Norway. Can find it everywhere while 9mm Makarov and 9mm short is a bit harder (you have to order it or import it). While .32 is popular due to target shooting clubs and whatnot.

          You can always find .22, .32, 9×19 and 38 special in Norway.

          • Blake

            Interesting… I assume that in Norway you can get a suppressor a lot more easily than the USA. Lucky you &ltgrin&gt.

            .32ACP is usually “trans-sonic”, meaning that it’s really close to Mach 1 (~1050fps, depending on the load, as you mentioned). You’d want to use pretty light loads if you want the suppressor to be really effective. Probably fine for indoor target shooting, but that’s a really light round…

            If I was going to mess with a suppressor (which in the USA requires paying a $200 tax & waiting however long the ATF takes to approve your paperwork), I’d get a 16″ bbl .44 mag levergun and run heavy subsonic hunting loads in it (I happen to like .44 but this would work fine with any other big-bore handgun caliber).

            The advantage of using a bolt or lever-action with a suppressor is that all the gasses leave the bbl through the suppressor, and there’s no mechanical action operation during firing. One could also do the same thing with a single-shot or bolt-action handgun like a T/C Contender, or even a pump-action shotgun.

          • iksnilol

            1050 feet is 320 meters, speed of sound is 340 so you should be okay. Unless you use those extra lightweight loads (which I don’t). Target ammo for practice due to the availability, reloads with enchanced penetration for “social purposes”. That levergun idea seems nice. I have heard about people suppressing lever actions, though the .357s are more popular than the .44s.

            The advantage of manual guns isn’t new to me. I would really like an integrally suppressed 9x19mm pump action. Thinking about converting a 5.56 pump gun to 9×19 (the bolt has to be opened up like 0.3mm). But if I go that route I don’t know how compact I can get it due to the 5.56 action being longer than necessary for 9×19. Barrel would probably be 30 cm with 10 cm of suppressor extending past the muzzle. Magazines would be CZ pistol mags.

            Reason I want the pump gun is for rabbit hunting, in Norway .22 LR is illegal for hare and rabbit for some stupid reason. I could just use .22 Magnum but I want subsonic loads + having commonality with a future pistol would be another bonus. The only semi-auto PCC that is legal for hunting in Norway is the Marlin Camp Carbine (which is out of production and rare).

          • Blake

            If you can import stuff from the UK, these guys do a bunch of different integrally suppressed over/under & pump-action shotguns:

            I think a light handy integrally suppressed .410 shotgun would be ideal for rabbit hunting.

          • iksnilol

            I know, heard about those. Haven’t had any hands-on experience with them. Though I would rather try to avoid having to stock another caliber. I am a bit fixated on the PCC concept since I would like something handy while not straining logistics. Since I plan on getting a CZ SP01 in the future, having them both use the same ammo and mags would be a huge + to me.

            Though I will admit, the shotguns seem nice. In case of an integral suppressor it would be best to go with something with a detachable magazine (for instance a bolt action). That way you can make it much more streamlined and better balanced.

            I can also import stuff from China. The Chinese copy of the Browning, takedown semi-auto .22 is pretty popular in Norway. For forest birds especially since it is so small and light, you can easily carry it with you.

          • mosinman

            I believe the 45 ACP is subsonic with standard load of a 230 grain bullet

          • iksnilol

            45 ACP is subsonic with standard loadings. Though 45 ACP isn’t that accurate, at least not in Norway due to price-induced whiplash. That’s a bit of a joke here, 45 ACP is hard to shoot with since immediately after you fire you will turn your head to see where the brass landed.

            .32 ACP is also subsonic with the shorter barrels (10 cm and less) that are commonly found in small pistols (which .32 ACP is usually used in).

    • DIR911911 .

      soviet? maybe he’s a texas fan , stars are everywhere in that state.

      • Blake

        In Soviet Texas, gun grips YOU!

  • Seth Hill

    Anyone know where to get these at?

  • totenglocke

    I got some great grips for my Romanian Tokarev from Marschal. Great work and great prices, though the 3-6 month wait is a bit of a bummer. I’d definitely recommend them, though!