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Zastava M76

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sniper rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Yugoslavia

  • NICKNAMES
    Snajperska Puška 7.92mm M76

  • DESIGNED
    1975

  • DESIGNER
    Zastava

  • PRODUCTION
    1975 - early 1990's

  • PRODUCERS
    North Korea - state arsenal
    Serbia - Zastava
    Yugoslavia - Zastava

  • QUANTITY
    About 15.000 M76 and 4.000 M91 produced

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited costs
    Semi-automatic
    Mediocre accuracy

Introduction

The M76 is a sniper rifle of Yugoslav origin. It was developed by Zastava in the mid-1970’s and was produced in large quantities. It fulfills the same role as the Soviet SVD and looks rather similar, although its design is different. The M76 is best classified as a designated marksman rifle rather than a sniper rifle.

Design

The M76 is based on the M70 assault rifle which is the Yugoslav production version of the famous AK-47 assault rifle. As such the mechanism differs from the Soviet SVD since a long stroke gas piston is used. The M76 has a wooden furniture with fixed stock and is fitted with a ZRAK 4x scope and backup iron sights. A bayonet can also be fitted.

Firepower

The M76 fires the 7.92x57mm round from a 10 round magazine. The newer M91 variant uses the more common Soviet 7.62x54mm round. As a semi-automatic weapon it allows for quick follow up shots. Accuracy is about 1.5 to 2 MOA. Theoretically the M76 can be used up to 1 km, but the practical range is 600 to 800 meters.

Users

The M76 was a standard issue weapon in Yugoslav service. It has been used by all parties in the Yugoslav conflicts, in which it proved to be an effective and reliable weapon. Unlike the M70 assault rifle exports have been limited, possibly due to the use of an alternative caliber. The M76 is also manufactured in North Korea, possibly without license.

Variants

M76

The M76 is the original and most produced version. It can be identified from the Soviet SVD and Romanian PSL by its rigid fixed wooden stock, pistol grip, straight magazine and three slot wooden forearm.

  • Specifications:
  • M76
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.92x57mm Mauser
Magazine10 round detachable box magazine
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length550 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 240 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity730 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.135 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight5.6 kg empty with 1.0 kg optics
SightsOptical sight, backup iron sights, blade front and tangent U-notch rear, up to 800 m gradations
Remarks-

M91

The M91 is a modernized version of the M76 and is a much closer resemblance to the SVD than the original M76. The M91 fires the Soviet 7.62x54mm round from a curved 10 round magazine. Additionally the M91 has a thumbhole stock and a 6x42 scope.

  • Specifications:
  • M91
TypeSniper rifle
Caliber7.62x54mm Soviet
Magazine10 round detachable box magazine
OperationGas operated, long stroke gas piston
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length620 mm
Rifling4 grooves, 240 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity790 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.195 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight5.21 kg empty with 0.65 kg optics
SightsOptical sight, backup iron sights, blade front and tangent U-notch rear, up to 800 m gradations
Remarks-

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