From Marxism to American Marksman, 3d Printing new Pistol Grips
Yugoslavian M57 Tokarev (7.62x25mm) circa 1960s
All photos of completed project at bottom of page.
In 2014 I purchase the Ugly Duckling of pistols. A heavily modified, drilled, tapped, and died hard in the wool project Tokarev. This thing was missing the trigger assembly, and various parts from the slide. It had some seriously home made wooden grips (think pressed board, a file, and drill; now throw it off a tall building), which I threw into the trash.
After transforming the pistol to a nearly operational state: from home rebluing to new parts & magazines, I discovered it to be inoperable. For the sole reason that the slide action would cause the trigger assembly to, well, disassemble itself without pistol grips to keep it in position. So it sat for almost 6 years, alone, in a drawer…… finally, it was ready to be reeducated and proceed with the process of normalization.
It must have been sitting with books by William Blackstone, John Locke, and Ludwig von Mises, because it called for me to voluntarily give it a new perspective and lease on life.
We take you from start to finish on creating new, attractive pistol grips; Using Reference Photos, 3d Modeling, 3d Printing, Finishing Techniques, Finalizing the Hardware, Fine Tuning, and Mounting. Make sure to consider the software below and prepare for a journey into this restoration.
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