- Zastava M21
caption=Zastava M21S (shortened variant)
used_by=flagcountry|Serbia, flagcountry|Montenegro, flagcountry|Republic of Macedonia, flagcountry|Iraq,
Private Military Contractors
variants= M21, M21S, M21C
weight=M21 - 3.85 kg, M21S - 3,8 kg, M21C - 3,59 kg
length=M21 - 998/750 mm, M21S - 915/666 mm, M21C - 856/606 mm
part_length=M21 - 460 mm(18.1"), M21S - 375 mm(14.8"), M21C - 325 mm(12.8")
range=450 m (492 yd) with iron sights600 m (656 yd) with optics
iron sights, optional mount required for optical sightsThe Zastava M21 is a modern assault rifledeveloped and manufactured by the Serbian Zastava Armscompany. The M21 is designed on the basis of the famous Kalashnikov rifles from Russia[ [http://www.zastava-arms.co.yu/english/vojni.htm Vojni Program.] ] .
The Zastava M21 rifle chambers and fires the
5.56x45mm NATOor .223 Remingtonround. It is gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective firefirearm with a folding stock.
History and variants
In serial production,
Zastava Armsproduces three variants of the rifle – long and short barrel as well as carbine M21C. The shorter variant carries the M21S designation and is intended for use by special military and police units for urban combatand anti-terroristoperations. [ [http://www.danas.co.yu/20040812/terazije1.html Danas] ]
Production and usage
29 April 2004the M21 was officially accepted by the Military of Serbia and Montenegroas the successor to its 7.62 mm firing Zastava M70/M72/M92 assault rifles.
In 2004, the then Ministry of Defence of Serbia and Montenegro, ordered 500 Zastava M21 assault rifles. Serial production of the new rifle began on
1 September 2004and 5,000 rifles were produced in 2004 with the M21 designation.
In 2005, a number of M21 rifles, costing 150,000
euros, was received by Macedonia, who was the first foreign customer of the M21. [ [http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/files/portal/spotlight/country/eu_pdf/europe-serbia-2006.pdf engleski.indd ] ]
In 2006 and 2007, Zastava M21 assault rifles were spotted in the hands of Iraqi forces and
private military contractorsduring the Iraq War. In March 2008 Iraqordered 2,000 M-21 rifles to serve in their army.
Currently close to 12,000 M-21 assault rifles are in service with the
military of Serbia.
Design and Features
*Ergonomically designed and balanced
*Light weight and compact
*Efficient and reliable locking system
Polymer, easily adjustable stock
*Hammer forged barrel with
chromiumplated rifling to increase accuracy
*Built in "Picatinny" rail, allowing attachment of standard
*40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher
Flash hiderto decrease blinding of the operator and to stabilize the weapon
*Knife with scabbard
*Blank ammunition attachment
*4 spare 30rds magazines
*40 mm underbarrel grenade launcher set (rubber buffer, cleaning brush, ammunition bag, holster)
* [http://www.zastava-arms.co.yu Official website of the manufacturer Zastava Arms]
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