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Vz 58



Overview


Vz58V

Soldier taking aim with a Vz 58V assault rifle.
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Origin
Czechoslovakia
Type
Assault rifle
Entered service
1959
Status
In service
Development
1956 - 1958
Developer
Czechoslovakia - Jiří Čermák for CZ
Production
1959 - 1984
Producer
Czechoslovakia - CZ
Number produced
About 920.000
Designations
Vz 58 / Vzor 1958
Czech for "model of 1958"
Vz 58P / Vz 58 Pěchotní
Czech for "Vz 58 infantry"
Vz 58V / Vz 58 Výsadkový
Czech for "Vz 58 airborne"

Description


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 Soviet AKM. The AK-47 was used 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 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.

Details


Vz 58

The Vz 58 assault rifle was produced in two versions. The infantry model with fixed stock (top) and paratrooper model with folding stock (bottom).
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Vz 58 variants

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 "Pěchotní" which is Czech for "infantry". The folding stock model is the Vz 58V, with the V standing for "Výsadkový" which is Czech for "airborne".

Facts Vz 58P Vz 58V
General
Origin
Czechoslovakia
Type
Assault rifle
Caliber
Caliber
7.62x39mm Soviet
Magazine
30 round detachable box
Barrel length
390 mm
Rifling
4 grooves, 240 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
705 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, short stroke gas piston
Locking
Falling breechblock
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
800 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed
Length
845 mm
Width
57 mm
Height
255 mm
Weight
3.14 kg
Sights
Type
Iron sights, post front and tangent rearsight
Gradations
100 to 800 m
Sight radius
353 mm