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Vz 58

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Assault rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Czechoslovakia

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1956 - 1958

  • DESIGNER
    Ji?í ?ermák (CZ)

  • PRODUCTION
    1959 - 1984

  • PRODUCERS
    Czechoslovakia - CZ

  • QUANTITY
    About 920.000

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    High rate of fire
    Rugged
    Harder to control than AK-47

Introduction

The Vz 58 is an assault rifle of Czechoslovak origin. It is often mistaken for a derivate of the AK-47, but it is very different internally. The Vz 58 is no longer produced, but remains in widespread use.

Design

The Vz 58 was developed at the same time as the AKM and had the AK-47 as an example, but resulted in a very design with similar capabilities. It uses a short stroke gas piston and a falling breachblock. Altough the same ammunition is used the magazines of the Vz 58 and AK-47 are not interchangeable.

Firepower

The Vz 58 is a select fire rifle that fires the 7.62x39mm Soviet round from 30 round magazines. The cyclic rate of fire is 800 rpm, which is much higher than the AK-47 and its derivatives. The effective range is about 300 meters.

Users

The Vz 58 was the standard issue rifle of Czechoslovakia and remains in service with the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Vz 58 has also been widely exported, mainly to Africa.

Variants

Vz 58

The Vz 58 is an assault rifle that externally has great resemblance with the AK-47. Internally the Vz 58 is very different as it uses a short stroke gas piston. The fixed stock model is the Vz 58P, with P standing for P?chotní which is Czech for infantry. The folding stock model is the Vz 58V, with the V standing for Výsadkový which is Czech for airborne.

TypeAssault rifle
Caliber7.62x39mm Soviet
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, falling breechblock
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire800 rpm
Barrel length390 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 240 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity705 m/s
StockFixed
Length845 mm
Width57 mm
Height255 mm
Weight3.14 kg
SightsIron sights, post front and tangent rearsight, 100 to 800 m gradations, 353 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypeAssault rifle
Caliber7.62x39mm Soviet
Magazine30 rounds
OperationGas operated, short stroke gas piston, falling breechblock
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire800 rpm
Barrel length390 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 240 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity705 m/s
StockFoldable
Length845 mm / 636 mm
Width57 mm / 72 mm stock folded
Height255 mm
Weight2.91 kg
SightsIron sights, post front and tangent rearsight, 100 to 800 m gradations, 353 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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