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Zastava M93 Black Arrow

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Anti-materiel rifle

  • ORIGIN
    Serbia

  • NICKNAMES
    Crna Strela (Serbian for "Black Arrow")

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1990's

  • DESIGNER
    Zastava

  • PRODUCTION
    Mid 1990's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Serbia - Zastava

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good range
    Limited costs
    Rugged and reliable
    Average accuracy
    Heavy

Introduction

The M93 Crna Strela is an anti-materiel rifle of Serbian origin. It was developed by Zastava in the early 1990's. It is possible that there was an earlier Zastava anti-materiel rifle called M84, but little information is available.

Design

The M93 uses the proven Mauser bolt action system. It feeds from a 5 round detachable box. The furniture is made out of high strength plastics. The long barrel is heavily fluted and features a multislotted muzzle brake that reduces recoil with 62 percent. The bipod is mounted in front of the magazine and near the center of mass.

Firepower

The M93 is available in 12.7x99mm NATO and in 12.7x108mm Soviet. Both rifles use a 5 round detachable box magazine. Both rifles feature a similar performance, even though the model for Soviet ammunition has a much longer barrel. The maximum effective range is quoted to be 1.600 meters.

Users

The M93 is in use with Serbian forces and was used during various conflicts. The M93 is also been exported to various nations.

Variants

M93 Black Arrow

The M93 Black Arrow is an anti-materiel rifle that uses the Mauser bolt action principle. It is available in 12.7x99mm NATO and in 12.7x108mm Soviet. In 12.7x108mm Soviet the M93 has a much longer barrel, making it a larger and heavier weapon.

TypeAnti-materiel rifle
Caliber12.7x99mm NATO
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length840 mm
Rifling8 grooves, 381 mm twist
Muzzle velocity888 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.510 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight14.5 kg empty with scope
SightsBackup iron sights, 8x32mm scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod
TypeAnti-materiel rifle
Caliber12.7x108mm Soviet
Magazine5 rounds
OperationBolt action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireBolt action
Barrel length1.000 mm
Rifling8 grooves, 381 mm twist
Muzzle velocity820 m/s
StockFixed
Length1.670 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight16.5 kg empty with scope
SightsBackup iron sights, 8x32mm scope
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

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