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ZH-29 Automatic rifle
Type Service rifle
Place of origin  Czechoslovakia
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer Emanuel Holek
Designed 1929
Manufacturer Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka
Weight 4.5 kg (9.9 lb)
Length 1,150 mm (45 in)
Barrel length 545 mm (21.5 in)

Cartridge 8×57mm IS
Caliber 7.9mm
Action Gas, Side Swinging Bolt
Rate of fire Semi-automatic
Feed system 5/10/25 Round Box Magazine
Sights Iron

The ZH-29 was a semi-automatic rifle developed in Czechoslovakia during the late 1920s and used by Chinese military forces. The ZH-29 is one of the first successful self-loading rifles in service.


The ZH-29 is a gas operated service rifle with a locking system similar to that which would be later used in the Sturmgewehr 44. The most distinctive feature is that the barrel is offset at a slight angle to the receiver.

A version chambered in .276 Pedersen was submitted to US army trials, but lost to the M1 Garand.[1]


  •  Taiwan
  •  Czechoslovakia
  •  Ethiopia
  •  Nazi Germany
  •  Thailand

See also


  1. Springfield Armory page on the ZH-29 (SPAR item 3633) quoting from Walter, John. RIFLES OF THE WORLD. 3rd Edition. Krause Publications. Iola, Wi. 2006

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