Zastava M72

The Zastava M72 is a light machine gun developed and manufactured by then Yugoslav Zastava Arms company. Generally, the M72 is almost a direct copy of the Soviet RPK light machine gun, the only visual differences being in barrel, wooden stock, no side rail mount and slightly in design of the wooden handguard.

Zastava M72
Class Manportable
Type Machine Guns
Manufacturer Zastava Arms
Origin Yugoslavia (Serbia)
Country Name Origin Year
Yugoslavia (Serbia) 1973
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Yugoslavia (Serbia) 1973 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Zastava Arms View

The Zastava M72/M72A is a gas-operated, air-cooled, drum-fed, selective fire, shoulder-fired weapon with a bipod. It is a squad automatic weapon, like the Soviet RPK but has unique design features.

Type Light machine gun
Place of origin Yugoslavia
Service history
In service 1973-Present
Wars Yugoslav Wars
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Syrian Civil War
Production history
Designed 1972
Manufacturer Zastava Arms
Weight 5.5 kg
Length 1025 mm
Barrel length 542 mm
Caliber 7.62×39mm
Action Gas-actuated (rotating bolt)
Rate of fire 620 RPM
Muzzle velocity 745 m/s
Effective firing range 400 m
Feed system 30, 40 round box magazines or 75 round drum magazine
Sights Adjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical sights

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