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Yugoslavian M70AB



The M70AB, also known as the Zastava M70, was developed by the Yugoslavian arms manufacturer Zastava Arms and was first introduced in the 1970s. The M70AB was designed as a standard infantry rifle, intended for use by the Yugoslavian military.

The M70AB is a product of the reverse engineering of the Soviet-designed AK-47. The M70AB borrows heavily from the design of the AK-47, with a similar gas-operated mechanism, layout, and overall appearance. There were a couple of key minor differences however, the dust covers of this weapon were secured by a unique locking recoil guide spring, this mechanism prevented the dust cover from being dislodged by the recoil from firing a grenade. This rifle also incorporated a ladder sight that was folded flush upon the gas block. The grenade launcher ladder sight was for a rifle mounted grenade launcher. When the sight was flipped and locked vertically, this safety feature closed off the gas system of the rifle which prevented the weapon from cycling when a grenade was being launched. This rifle used 30 round detachable AK-47 box magazines and was also compatible with the 40 round RPK magazine or the RPK 75 round drum magazine.

The M70 was initially produced with a fixed wooden stock, but in the mid-1980s, Zastava introduced the M70AB model, which featured a folding metal stock. This new design was an improvement over the original, as it made the rifle more compact and easier to transport.

The M70AB was widely used by the Yugoslavian military and police forces throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It saw action during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s, where it proved to be a reliable and effective weapon in the hands of Yugoslavian soldiers.

Origin: Yugoslavia
Manufactured: 1970-1982
Manufacturer: Zastava Arms

Type: Assault Rifle

Caliber: 7.62x39mm
Barrel Length: 415mm (16.3")
Action: Gas-Operated, Rotating Bolt

Magazine Capacity: 30 Round Magazine

This is a Semi-Automatic Representation of the Firearm.


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