Zastava M84

The Zastava M84 is a general-purpose machine gun manufactured by Zastava Arms.[1][2] It is a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed and fully automatic shoulder-fired weapon.

Zastava M84
Right side view of the M84
TypeGeneral-purpose machine gun
Place of originYugoslavia
Service history
In service1980s–present
Used bySee Users
WarsLiberian Civil Wars
Yugoslav Wars
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Syrian Civil War
Northern Mali conflict
Production history
ManufacturerZastava Arms
Mass8.8 kg (19 lb)
Length1,175 mm (46.3 in)
Barrel length658 mm (25.9 in)

ActionGas-operated (rotating bolt)
Rate of fire700-800 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity825 m/s
Effective firing range1000 m
Feed systemBelt-fed with 100 and 250 round belts
SightsAdjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical sights

The M84 is a clone of the Soviet PKM, the sole difference being in the stock, which is not hollow like the original and is made out of a different type of wood.[3]



The M84 is intended for infantry use, and is derived from the Soviet PKM, however the M84 has the flash hider from the original PK. It is also configured for tripod mounting (like the PKS).[4]


The M86 is a clone of the PKT, and is designed to mount as a coaxial weapon on M-84 tanks and other combat vehicles.[4] The stock, bipod, and iron sights are omitted from this version, and it includes a heavier barrel and electric trigger. Another version, the M86A, is designed for external mounts and can be used dismounted.[4]



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