The Zastava M92 is a carbine developed and manufactured by Serbian Zastava Arms. It is nearly identical to the Zastava M85 carbine; the only differences between the two are caliber and, correspondingly, magazine design. The M92 is a shortened version of the Zastava M70 assault rifle, which is a modified copy of the Soviet AKM assault rifle.
|Place of origin||Yugoslavia/Serbia|
Libyan Civil War
Iraqi Civil War (2014-2017)
Yemeni Civil War (2015-Present)
|Mass||3.57 kg (7.87 lb)|
|Length||795 mm (31.30 in) stock extended 550 mm (21.65 in) stock folded|
|Barrel length||254 mm (10.0 in)|
|Action||Gas-operated, rotating bolt|
|Rate of fire||620 rounds per minute|
|Muzzle velocity||678 m/s (2,224 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||200 m|
|Feed system||30 round box magazine or 75 round drum magazine|
|Sights||Adjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical sights|
The Zastava M92 chambers and fires the Soviet 7.62×39mm round. It is a gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, and selective fire firearm with an under folding metal stock. In general design, it is a modified hybrid of the Soviet AKMSU and AKS-74U carbines, but is easily distinguished by the design of pistol grip and especially by the handguard (which is longer), which is made out of a different wood type and has three cooling vents instead of the usual two. This feature gives the M92 less overheating on full auto mode.
The M92 also features a shorter barrel. Unlike most rifle rounds which would otherwise experience a loss of velocity out of a shorter barrel, the 7.62×39mm round loses very little velocity when compared to a full length barrel. This makes it an excellent round for short-barrel rifles. The short barrel of the M92 may not lose enough velocity to even make a considerable difference when compared to the M70.
Design and features
The M92 is a gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon with an underfolding stock. In contrast to the M70, the M92 also features a flash eliminator on the barrel end, which reduces muzzle flash and allows the user to see the bullet's point of impact. Like all carbine rifles, the M92 has a shorter effective range and lower penetration when compared to the original rifle, but it also has its own advantages, it is more efficient in close combat, the handling is improved and it has a higher rate of fire. Other advantages of a shorter barrel also gives it more portability and ease of concealment, making it popular for vehicle crews, pilots and special forces.
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