|Place of origin||Serbia|
|Weight||3.57 kg (7.87 lb)|
|Length||795 mm (31.30 in) stock extracted
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 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 is a carbine developed and manufactured by Serbian Zastava Arms. It was developed from the Zastava M85 carbine, a nearly identical weapon with only difference in caliber, and with that, the magazine design. The M92 is actually a shortened version of the Zastava M70 assault rifle, which is alone a modified copy of the Soviet AKM assault rifle.
The Zastava M92 chambers and fires the Soviet 7.62×39mm round. It is gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective fire firearm with an under folding metal stock. In general design, it is actually a modified hybrid of Soviet AKMSU and AKS-74U carbines, but is easily distinguished by the design of pistol grip and, especially handguard, which is longer, is made out of different wood type and has three cooling vents instead of usual two. This feature gives the M92 less overheating on full auto mode.
The M92 also features a shorter barrel. Though unlike most rifle rounds which would otherwise experience a loss of velocity out of a shorter barrel; the 7.62x39 round loses very little velocity when compared to a full length barrel. Thus making it an excellent round for short-barrel rifles. Though the short barrel of the M92 may not lose enough velocity to even make a considerable difference when compared to the M70; the shorter barrel can limit the accuracy (and thus shorter effective range) due to not having as much spin as a full length rifle.
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 camouflages the shooter's position. Like all carbine rifles, the M92 has a shorter effective range, quicker overheating and lower penetration when compared to 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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