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Zastava M92

Compact assault rifle

Zastava M92

The M92 was designed for special forces, pilots, vehicle drivers, artillery crews and so on

 
 
Country of origin Serbia
Entered service 1992 (?)
Caliber 7.62x39 mm
Weight 3.57 kg
Length (stock extended) 795 mm
Length (stock folded) 550 mm
Barrel length 254 mm
Muzzle velocity 678 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 620 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 100 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 rounds
Sighting range 400 m (?)
Range of effective fire ~ 150 m

 

   The M92 is a compact assault rifle, produced in Serbia by Zastava Arms. It is a shorter version of the M70AB2 assault rifle. Essentially the M92 is a Serbian equivalent of the Soviet AKMSU compact assault rifle. The M92 was intended for special forces and troops, that do not need a full-size assault rifle, such as pilots, vehicle crews, artillery crews and so on. This compact assault rifle has been exported to Congo, Jordan, and possibly, some other countries. As of 2017 the M92 assault rifle is still being offered by Zastava Arms.

   The M92 is a gas-operated weapon, chambered for 7.62x39 mm ammunition. The M92 has compact dimensions of a submachine gun. However this weapon packs much more formidable punch than submachine gun due to its powerful ammunition. The M92 is more efficient in close combat than the full-size M70 assault rifle, as the M92 is easier to handle.

   The M92 is a very reliable and rugged weapon. This assault rifle is tolerant to abusive use. It do not jams or misfires in worst conditions possible. Also it has reliable extraction even with dirty chamber and cases. Also this compact assault rifle is simple to use and to maintain. The M92 can be field stripped  for cleaning within one minute without using any tools. The downside of this weapon as it has poor ergonomics and is badly balanced. Also it is not particularly accurate.

   A combined safety and fire mode selector switch locks the bolt group and the trigger in the "safe" position. It also serves as a dust cover. It has two other positions for semi-auto and full-auto.

   The M92 is fed from standard 30-round capacity magazines. These are interchangeable with 7.62 mm magazines of the M70 assault rifle, as well as its variants. Also this weapon is also compatible with 75-round drum magazines. Furthermore it can accept Soviet and Russian 7.62 mm magazines.

   This weapon has an underfolding metal stock.

   The M92 comes with simple iron sights. Optical sights can be fitted, though a special mount is required. This weapon has shorter effective range and lower penetration than the M70 assault rifle. Its range of effective fire is around 150 meters.

   This weapon has an unusual flash hider. However unlike the M70 assault rifle, it can not mount a bayonet, underbarrel grenade launcher, or launch rifle grenades.

 

Variants

 

   M21S is a newer compact assault rifle, or carbine, produced by Zastava Arms. It is a shorter version of the M21 assault rifle. This weapon is chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. Even though it is unrelated to the M92, it was designed to replace it.

   M21A is a sub-compact assault rifle. It is even more compact than the M21S. It is also chambered for a standard NATO 5.56x45 mm ammunition. This weapon was designed to replace the M92.

   There are some semi-automatic only versions of the M92, intended for civil customers.

 

 

 
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