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TOZ-35M Free Pistol


Target Pistol Evolution - 1: The Free Pistol
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Free or Match pistols are the most exotic of the target pistols, because they have been allowed to develop relatively free of rules and restrictions. They are single shot pistols designed for the greatest possible accuracy at 50metres. Their origins lie in the early duelling and target/saloon pistols. They were a peculiar development of Europe. The USA initially went a different route by adapting their S&W revolvers for precision shooting. In the early years the USA shooters dominated the Olympics but as free pistols developed, the Americans lost their ascendency and the Europeans, and in particular the Russians started to dominate. The modern free pistol is a superb shooting instrument capable of grouping into .5 inch or less at 50m.
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Toz 35M Free Pistol Features

* Martini falling block action with extremely fast lock time.
* Very consistent set trigger system, this pistol is still a favorite at World Cup level despite its maturity.
* Comes in sturdy wooden case with tools, manual, cleaning kit, spare parts and spare sight elements (both front and rear).





Accuracy Claim: GUNTESTS.COM: We Say Buy The TOZ35M

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Manufacturer’s test results included with the sample TOZ35M pistol averaged an inch or less at 50 meters for five ten-shot groups using Russian Temp ammunition.

Describe & Specs: Pilkguns.com
Source & pricing: RoCo Firearm Technology, LLC
Review: GUNTESTS.COM: Sept 97, Freepistol

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fired from the one-handed standing position at 50 meter outdoors with open iron sights. The target used is the standard UIT 25/50 precision pistol target, with a ten ring of only 50 mm—about 2 inches in diameter.








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Free-Pistol TOZ35M


Free-Pistol Match-Up: We Say Buy The TOZ35M

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Of the many International Shooting Union (UIT) pistol events fired in the Olympics, World Championships, Pan Am Games, and similar competitions, the king of them all is the men’s free-pistol match. This match consists of unlimited sighting shots and 60 record shots in a two-hour period, fired from the one-handed standing position at 50 meter outdoors with open iron sights. The target used is the standard UIT 25/50 precision pistol target, with a ten ring of only 50 mm—about 2 inches in diameter.

The world record for this event is 581 of a possible 600 points, set by Soviet shooter Alexander Melentiev in 1980 at the Moscow Olympic Games. In almost two decades of international competition, only Taniu Kiriakov of Bulgaria has been back into the 580’s, with a 580 preliminary in 1995 at the UIT World Cup in Hiroshima, Japan.
The free in free pistol derives from the idea that the pistol is relatively free of restrictions under the UIT equipment rules. The only rule limitations imposed are that it be a .22 caliber rimfire pistol, with open iron sights, having a grip that does not lock the wrist in any way, and is loaded and fired as a single-shot firearm. Just about anything else is fair game, and these pistols take some time-proven designs and really push the envelope of accuracy, ergonomics, and materials sophistication.

One may attempt to compete in free pistol with an off-the-shelf .22 target-grade autoloader such as the High Standard, Ruger or Smith and Wesson, but like driving a pickup truck at Indianapolis, you are starting out with one foot in a bucket before the green flag even drops. Hence the need for a specialized free pistol.

As with any sophisticated competition machinery, the final product’s performance can be a function of cost. The retail and catalog prices of the various makes and models of free pistols range from a bit over $1,000 to well over twice that amount. Like any precision classic, they tend to hold their value well, and may sell used for as much or more than they did new.

Thankfully, it seems that in the realm of free pistols some relatively affordable high-performance alternatives do exist, and are readily available to the American competition shooter today. They are the TOZ35M, produced over the years by several sources within the late, great Soviet bloc, ... available new from major catalog dealers for just under $1,100

Manufacturer’s test results included with the sample TOZ35M pistol averaged an inch or less at 50 meters for five ten-shot groups using Russian Temp ammunition.

The TOZ35M, in turn, has a robust, no-nonsense heft and finish that looks like it was designed and built by Massey Ferguson. A printed instruction sheet from importer Don Nygord included with the sample pistol says it all. “Wherever it was important to accuracy or durability to put in good work or good material, the Russians did so. They just didn’t spend any time on polish and minor things like making sure the sights lined up. They knew you would rather save about $1,000 over a shiny Hammerli or such for a gun that would probably shoot better.”

As one tester noted, “The TOZ35M was designed to be used by Siberian peasants wearing heavy winter gloves and serviced using large hammers and pipe wrenches.” As such, the TOZ35M may indeed be the high-water mark of sporting arms in the Soviet workers paradise.
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Action Mechanism
The TOZ35M is an adaptation of the classic Martini-type rear hinged breechblock action, built on a very diminutive scale. Construction of the TOZ35M is all steel, with stained hardwood furniture. The breechblock is operated by a lever at the base of the grip. Moving the lever to the front opens the action, activating the combined extractor/ejector to remove the empty case from the chamber. Extraction and ejection are positive with all match ammunition in the examples we’ve observed over the years. The action is closed by moving the action lever to the rear position. Some examples observed have been custom modified to a sidelever configuration, per individual shooter preference.
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Trigger Mechanism
The sophisticated trigger is the heart of the free pistol and a major component of its mystique. Free pistol trigger pull weights can be adjusted down to just a few grams, or a fraction of an ounce, according to individual shooter preference. The trigger is usually “set” by a separate lever after the round is loaded, as the vibration and shock of closing the breech might otherwise cause a light free pistol trigger to fire the round before the shooter was ready, or the breech fully closed.

Remember that as the pull weight decreases, the ability of the shooter to maintain finger contact with the trigger’s finger piece as final adjustments to the sight picture take place is diminished. Firearm safety may also become an issue, as spring rates and engagement surfaces are at minimal levels, and numerous cases have been reported of triggers being so light that the minimal weight of the trigger finger piece itself is enough to fire the gun when held in a vertical position or when the gun is bumped inadvertently. As such, while the idea of such a “hair trigger” engagement may be attractive to some shooters, we recommend that in consideration of both safety and the ability of the shooter to effectively control the trigger break in training and competition, trigger pulls of a more reasonable and controllable weight should be used. Your individual level of experience and shooting skill should determine your own optimal trigger weight, not your ego or some arbitrary “magic” trigger weight figure. Many very successful free pistol shooters use trigger weights of 50 grams or even more as a matter of choice.

The TOZ35M trigger is set by the operation of a small side lever at the left side of the receiver after the round is loaded and the shooter is ready to fire. The trigger can be adjusted on most models we’ve examined down to a weight range of perhaps 12 to 15 grams, or well under a half-ounce. We have fired the TOZ35M in training at this trigger weight, and have found that my ability to control the trigger during final sight alignment is difficult if not impossible. As such we suggest starting with a more prudent trigger weight several times this amount and adjusting as circumstances and results indicate.

The TOZ35M trigger is fully adjustable for weight and creep. The finger piece consists of a grooved, slightly concave aluminum blade which may be adjusted fore and aft, for rotation and for vertical position. The trigger on our sample gun broke at a clean 20 grams with just a touch of take-up to insure adequate control of the shot break. The trigger may be set for dry-fire practice with the trigger cocking lever and the action open.

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Sights
One of the apparent accuracy advantages of the free pistol is the long sight radius coupled with a fully adjustable large rear sight blade and interchangeable front sights. Both guns have these features as part of their standard sight package.

The TOZ35M features a robust, fully adjustable rear sight having a calculated click adjustment value at 50 meters of 9mm per click for windage and 9.5mm per click for elevation. All windage and elevation adjustments are via finger-operated knobs, which allow for quick adjustments to rapidly changing conditions without tools. Three interchangeable rear sight blades with notch widths of 2.75 mm, 3.0 mm and 3.25 mm are provided, as are four interchangeable front sight blades in widths of 3.5 mm, 4.5 mm, 5.0 mm and 5.5 mm. These mix and match options should provide for any preference of sight picture for most shooters. The sight radius is 375 mm overall. The finish niceties referred to in the Nygord instructions indicate that the front sights may be crooked when installed, and the sight tenon will need to be filed square to achieve individual fit and alignment. The rear sight may also need to be filed to make it level and properly align with the front sight. Such was the industrial ethic of the late, great Soviet Union.

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Balance Systems
One of the features of the free pistol is the ability of the shooter to fine-tune the center of mass for optimal stability of hold. This is usually done by some type of beam and movable balance weight attached to the front portion of the frame or forend of the gun.

The TOZ35M does not have a factory-installed balance weight system, but many shooters improvise such a system by attaching a smooth or threaded rod to the front face of the forearm and adding weights as needed to achieve optimal balance.


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Grips
The free-pistol grip is unlike any other in the shooting world. The grip may completely encircle the hand, including the thumb, and is only required to leave the wrist free to move in its full range of motion. The resulting grips resemble a swordsman’s cutlass more than anything, and free pistol shooters seem to spend most of their off-hours sanding, carving and puttying their grips for optimal fit.

The TOZ35M is generally available in the United States with three variations of grips. First is the original hardwood “whale-tail thumbhole” Russian grip, which was intended as an oversize starting point for the shooter to carve and putty into an optional fitting interface. This grip is an open back design with an adjustable palmrest and full wrap thumbhole

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Packaging and Accessories
The TOZ35M case is a locking hardwood affair fitted for the gun and all the accessories. The gun comes complete with a spare firing pin and several replacement springs, the additional sight posts and blades mentioned, some cleaning and adjustment tools and an instruction book, hopefully in English or in a foreign language you can read. The Pardini K50 comes packaged in a slim locking plastic clamshell case with the spare front and rear sights and a small set of metric hex keys that seem to fit all the adjustment points on the gun. Instructions include translations in English, French, and Italian.

We think the TOZ35M case and accessories are a better package.


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Firing Behavior
The firing behavior of both pistols was very similar in our range testing. For those of you who have never fired a free pistol, the low bore axis and fixed breech produce a somewhat greater recoil impulse than is expected by those who have fired only blowback semi-automatics. The feather-pull trigger, long sight radius, inherent accuracy and the ability of the shooter to call the shot location on the target are all part of the free pistol shooting experience. The only real operational difference between the two guns was the slightly greater perceived recoil of the Pardini, due in great part to its lighter overall weight. The TOZ35M benefits from excellent ergonomics, the heft of solid-steel construction and an exceptional trigger. International reputation of the TOZ35M’s accuracy and reliability is unsurpassed, and was borne out in our range testing.

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Performance Shooter Recommends
As with any other high-performance firearm comparison, personal preference, intuition, and feel of the gun are every bit as important as the actual features of the firearms in question. In the final analysis, the skill of the individual shooter is a far bigger component in the overall performance equation than the brand of equipment he or she uses. The TOZ35M seems to be attracting the most domestic and international acceptance at this time, but trends in competition equipment change with the latest results from the major competitions. In our view, either of these pistols will allow a prospective free-pistol shooter to excel in this most demanding shooting discipline.

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... many of the free-pistol shooters at an elite international level and most of the U.S. Pistol Team are firing the TOZ35M free pistol, including the 1997 U.S. National Free Pistol Champion, with obviously credible results. The TOZ35M is durable, accurate, affordable and something of the benchmark design against which all other free pistols are measured. As one international pistol coach observed, “The Russians only have three items in inventory which they can readily convert into hard cash: plutonium, caviar, and TOZ free pistols.”

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The only major downside regarding the TOZ35M is that they have been out of production for several years, and it is reported by several sources there are no plans to resume such production. Occasionally, lots of several dozen units come onto the market and are snapped up by demanding free-pistol shooters worldwide. As time goes on, the availability of replacement parts may become an issue, but for now at least there seems to be a reasonable availability of complete guns and spare parts to satisfy this specialized demand.
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Describe & Specs: Pilkguns.com
Source & pricing: RoCo Firearm Technology, LLC
Review: GUNTESTS.COM: Sept 97, Freepistol
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