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Zastava M21

Assault rifle

Zastava M21

The Zastava M21 is an improved version of the famous Kalashnikov design

 
 
Country of origin Serbia
Entered service 2004 (?)
Caliber 5.56x45 mm
Weight (empty) 3.8 kg
Length 1 000 mm
Length (with folded stock) 750 mm
Barrel length 460 mm
Muzzle velocity 890 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 560 - 680 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range 500 m
Range of effective fire 450 m

 

   The Zastava M21 assault rifle was developed and is manufactured by the Serbian Zastava Arms company. This weapon is produced since 2004. It is based on the Kalashnikov AK-74 design, but has a number of improvements. The Zastava M21 is currently in service with Serbia, and replaces the previous M70, M72 and M92 7.62 mm assault rifles, that are license-produced versions of the AK-47 and its derivatives. Other operators of the M21 are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Jordan, Macedonia and Peru.

   This assault rifle is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. It is a gas-operated, magazine fed, selective fire weapon. The M21 has fire mode selectors on either side of the receiver. Both of them have "safe", "semi-auto" and "full-auto" settings. The Kalashnikov-type fire mode selector is located on the right side, while another is located on the left side and is operated by the thumb. Such selector design was influenced by Galil assault rifle, produced in Israel.

   The Zastava M21 has a folding stock, which folds to the right side. When folded it do not obstructs the fire mode selector and trigger. Both polymer and metal stocks are available.

   This weapon is fed from 30-round capacity magazines.

   The Zastava M21 has conventional iron sights, with two settings for 300 and 500 meters. A special attachment with Picatinny-type rail for optical scopes and night sights can be fitted.

   Assault rifle is compatible with BGP 40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher. Alternatively it can be fitted with a knife-bayonet.

 

Variants

 

   M21S compact assault rifle with shorter barrel.

   M21A sub-compact assault rife with even shorter barrel. It was designed to replace the M92 compact assault rifle, chambered for Soviet 7.62x39 mm ammunition.

   M21B is an export version, fitted with Picatinny-type rail as standard. It also has a more advanced stock, built-in carrying handle and accessory rails.

   M21BS is a compact version of the M21B.

   M05 is an updated version of the M21, aimed mainly at export customers. This weapon is available chambered for Soviet 7.62x39 mm and standard NATO 7.62x51 mm ammunition. This assault rifle has got a full-length Picatinny-type scope rail, as well as additional accessory rails on the foregrip.

 

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