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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
Caliber 5.56 x 45 mm NATO
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 versions. Other operators of the M21 are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Jordan, Macedonia and Peru.

   This assault rifle is chambered for 5.56x45 mm ammunition (.223 Remington), which is a standard NATO cartridge. It is a gas-operated, magazine fed, selective fire weapon. The M21 has dual fire mode selectors on both sides. Both of them have "safe", "semi-auto" and "full-auto" modes. 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 already used on 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 fire mode selector and trigger. Both polymer and metal stocks are available.

   This weapon is fed from 30-round magazines.

   The Zastava M21 has conventional iron sights with 300 m and 500 m settings. 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 knife-bayonet.

   The Zastava M21 is also available as compact assault rifle (M21S) and sub-compact assault rife (M21A) with shorter barrels. The M21B is an export version, fitted with Picatinny-type rail as standard. It also has a more advanced stock, carrying handle and accessory rails.

 

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