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Yugoslav M76 sniper rifle: century arms brings a rare, classic ComBloc sniper rifle back to life: a few of the originals were imported, then rounded up by BATF. Now you can own a version that's street legal.

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The history of Yugoslav small arms design and production is closely associated with the Military Technical Institute (Vojno Tehnicki Zavod-VTZ) at Kragujevac. VTZ, aka Zastava Arms, began the licensed manufacture of Mauser system rifles in 1928 and eventually produced close to 2 million Mauser rifles of various types and models.

The M76 sniper weapon system was introduced, as you might guess, in 1976. Still the standard sniper rifle most frequently encountered among the fragmented national entities of the region, it has killed thousands on both sides of the line in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. Chambered for the standard rifle/machine gun cartridge of the region, 7.92x57mm, it has purportedly been manufactured in calibers 7.62x51 mm NATO and 7.62x54mmR as well. It has also supposedly been manufactured locally in North Korea.

While many thousands of Yugoslav M48 Mauser bolt-action rifles and semiautomatic-only versions of the superb wooden-stocked M70B1 and folding stock M70AB2 AK series have been imported to the United States, there have been major problems associated with attempts to import the semiautomatic M76.

I, in fact, once owned a completely original M76 system. It was, however, registered on the NFA (National Firearms Act of 19.34) logbooks as a "machine gun" and, even worse, as a pre-May 19, 1986 dealer's sample!

As the M76 is quite clearly based upon the AK47 selective-fire assault rifle, when the Zastava engineers transferred and scaled-up the AK47 technical data package over to the M76 semiautomatic rifle configuration, they retained the auto-safety sear feature, which in the AK series is a lever in a cutout on the right-side interior rail that the bolt carrier rides on.

As the bolt carrier travels forward, it trips the lever and releases the hammer from the auto-safety sear, permitting it to rotate forward, strike the firing pin and fire the weapon in the full-auto mode.

Why did the Zastava engineers retain the auto-safety sear feature, if it was never intended that the M76 would have full-auto capability? Probably simply because it was part of the original AK47 technical data package and was a matter of little consequence to them or supposedly to anyone else.

Alas, they were not counting upon the Wizards of Oz at the BATF's technical branch who guard the safety of our nation. They have determined that any rifle with an auto-safety sear, or for that matter with even a cutout in the receiver to accept an auto-safety sear is, by definition, a machine gun and thus subject to all regulations governing such firearms under the National Firearms Act of 1934.

Does it matter that the Zastava engineers never intended the M76 to have full-auto capability or that there is absolutely no conceivable MENS (Mission Essential Need Statement) for a scoped, 9-pound-plus sniper weapon system to ever fire a single burst in full-auto? Of course, the answer is no, as logic is all too frequently of small consequence at that government agency.

Several years ago, apparently unaware of all this, an importer brought in a small batch of M76 rifles for sale to the public. The fact that they were dangerous "machine guns" was not noticed until a number of them were sold. Each and every one was tracked down and recalled. As a consequence, the M76 sniper weapon system is extremely rare in this country, even as a registered "machine gun."

Enter Century International Arms, Inc. (Dept. SGN, 430 South Congress Avenue, Suite 1, Delray Beach, FL 33445, Dept. 0901A; order toll free: 800-527-1252 or 561-265-4530; fax: 561-265-4520; website: www.centuryarms.com) which decided to do something about this truly bizarre situation.

Century's Engineering and Product Development Manager. Steven A. Kehaya, had brand new M76 receivers built from precision, milled forgings and new barrels (the BATF doesn't want you to have those either) made from 4140 ordnance steel. The receivers are, of course, without a cutout for the auto-safety sear.

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These two components were assembled with refurbished and refinished M76 parts kits. The result is quite simply outstanding. This is a rifle that every serious ComBloc collector will want to own.

SHOTGUN NEWS was recently sent an M76 "Sporter" Rifle for test and evaluation. The rifle sent to us matches the original specifications exactly. The weight, empty and without optics, is 9 pounds, 5.6 ounces (4.6kg). The overall length is 44.68 inches (1135mm). The button-rifled barrel has four grooves with a 1:9.5 right-hand twist and is 21.65 inches (550mm) in length.

All of the wood furniture-buttstock, pistol grip, and both upper and lower forearms--is native teak. Dense and attractive, it was never properly oiled, so I suggest application of a mixture composed of equal parts of linseed oil, turpentine and household white vinegar.

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On later production versions of the M76 the teak furniture was purportedly replaced with polymer, which reduced the overall weight by about 1.1 pounds (.5kg) and provided storage for cleaning equipment in the buttstock. The teak buttstock has a heavy, black rubber buttpad.

The magazine catch is a Kalashnikov flapper-type and the magazines must be rocked in and out in the usual AK manner. The two-position-feed, staggered-column, detachable sheet-metal magazine holds 10 rounds.

The AK-type selector lever, on the right side of the receiver, has two positions: fully up is safe, but permits the bolt carrier to be retracted just enough to see if a round has been chambered. Rotate the selector lever all the way down to fire. The TAPCO USA trigger is creepy and squishy like almost all those of the AK series, but pretty damn light at only 3.75 pounds.

The TAPCO trigger is a consequence of U.S. Federal Statute 922r, which specifies that at least six of the following components for stamped receiver semiautomatic-only AKs and five for machined receiver weapons, must be made in the United States: 1) frames, receivers; receiver castings, forgings or stampings; 2) barrels; 3) mounting blocks (trunnions); 4) muzzle attachments; 5) bolts; 6) bolt carriers; 7) gas pistons; 8) triggers; 9) hammers; 10) disconnectors; 11) buttstocks; 12) pistol grips; 13) forearms or handguards; 14) magazine bodies; 15) magazine followers; or 16) magazine floorplates.

The emergency iron sights are essentially those of previous Kalashnikovs. The front sight is a threaded, round-post-type with protective ears that is adjustable for both elevation: and windage zero. While windage can be altered with a punch and hammer, both Russian and Chinese armorers tools can be located that were designed specifically for this purpose and prevent marring. Remember, to move the point of impact up, you must move the front sight post down. Also, to move the point of impact to the left, you must move the front sight to the right.

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The rear sight is a sliding tangent with an open U-notch. In the European manner, it is adjustable for elevation only to 1000 meters in 100-meter increments. There is a battle sight setting (marked with an "0" on all Yugoslav AKs) just behind the 100-meter mark. In elevation, it is the equivalent of 300 meters. These sights are, of course, calibrated for the Yugoslav M49 caliber 7.92x57mm ball ammunition.

The muzzle device is very similar to that of the US M14 and the Commonwealth FN FAL. It has five longitudinal slots and is moderately effective in diminishing the flash signature, which is to a great extent a function of the propellant charge.

At the underside of the front sight assembly, which is held to the barrel by two cross pins, is a bayonet-mounting stud. I find this to be a most incredible appendage for a sniper rifle and a clear indication of the distance between design engineers and the battlefield.

An AK-style fixed sling attaching point is mounted to the front of the gas plug, which is also retained on the barrel by two steel crosspins. A conventional sling swivel is attached to the underside of the buttstock by two wood screws.

Unlike most of the Kalashnikov series, the M76 has a three-position gas regulator, marked 1, 2 and 3. The regulator can be rotated by lifting up a spring clip held to the front of the gas cylinder by two rivets. The normal setting for the gas regulator is 1.

A Yugoslav wire-cutter AKM bayonet was included with the accessories sent to us with the M76 Sporter rifle. Yugoslavia fielded a so-called 2nd pattern bayonet and scabbard with black grips and glossy black scabbard. The origin of all ComBloc wire-cutter bayonets, quite obviously, is the former Soviet Union.

A slot in the AKM bayonet's blade (which has a clipped Bowie point shape) can be inserted over a lug on the bottom of the scabbard to form a scissors-like wire cutter with the back edge of the blade and a steel projection on the bottom of the scabbard. To gain the required leverage, tile bayonet should be mounted on the rifle and employed in a manner similar to the barbed-wire cutters fitted to the British SMLE rifle during World War I.

The blades are satin-chrome-plated and the Yugoslav AKM bayonet like most, but not all, has a row of saw teeth along the back edge. This latter feature is of dubious value. There is no fuller (the so-called "blood groove"). All of these bayonets have a single muzzle ring at one end of the crosspiece and a hook at the other end for opening bottles and attaching a wrist strap that passes through a hole in the pommel. When attached to the rifle, the blade's cutting edge is uppermost in the Czech/Austro-Hungarian manner.

There are two distinct models of the Soviet AKM bayonet. The earliest, or 1st pattern, had a steel scabbard with a matte-black paint finish. The scabbard was equipped with a rubber insulator that was grasped when cutting through electrical wire. Fitted to the hilt were plastic (reinforced with wood chips) grips with a large, bulbous pommel.

Apparently the rifle's bayonet stud played havoc with the plastic pommel, so the hilt was redesigned with a heavy steel pommel. This 2nd pattern bayonet was also issued with a ribbed plastic scabbard that eliminated the need for a rubber insulator. The scabbard and bayonet serial numbers are mismatched on the specimen sent to us, but it was complete with the frog and wrist strap.

The numerous other accessories sent to us included the following: a rifle hard case, green canvas scope cover, a canvas magazine and accessory pouch with shoulder straps, two magazines, three-piece steel cleaning rod, standard AK buttstock cleaning kit with tools, a safety trigger lock, web sling, hemp rope pull-through, a utility cleaning brush and a combination tool for the M76.

Century International Arms has no manufacturer's suggested retail price for the M76 Sporter Rifle. However, the prices I have observed on GunBroker.com and Auction Arms range from $1,900 to $2,150 for the rifle, Zrak scope and all of the above accessories.

The 4-power scope on the M76 sniper rifle was made by Zrak in Zvijezda. The reticle illumination of the Zrak ON-M76 4X scope, with a field of view of 5[degrees] 10', was originally provided by tritium. Decay of tritium creates soft beta rays that are converted to visible light when they strike the phosphor particles that coat the inside of the sphere containing them.

Tritium's half-life (the time required to reduce the illumination by 50%) is about 12.5 years, with a functional life exceeding 15 years. The tritium illumination inside these Zrak scopes died quietly many years ago. The ocular end of the Zrak scope has a rubber eyecup. This scope is interfaced to the M76 rifle with a Warsaw Pact-type side rail mount.

The Zrak scope has a rangefinding reticle pattern that has been adapted from the RPG-7V's grenade launcher's optical sight and that is used on the PSO-1 scope with a 24mm objective lens found on Russian SVD and Romanian PSL sniper weapon system optical sights. It consists of a series of steps above a solid base line. Every other step is marked in two-hundred-meter intervals, from "2" (the highest step) for 200 meters to "10" (the step closest to the base line) for 1000 meters.

Just align an enemy soldier with his feet on the base line. The system is based upon a target 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters) in height. The step that matches the top of his head indicates his distance to you in meters. Then dial this distance on the elevation knob's bullet drop compensator on top of the scope (which in this case is calibrated for Yugoslav M49 caliber 7.92x57mm ball ammunition with a 198-grain boat-tailed FMJ projectile) and you're good to go.

There is also a graduated scale, covering plus/minus 10 mils in l-mil increments, for windage adjustment above the elevation reticle pattern. Use the tip of the centerline in the center of the windage scale as your aiming point. Both the Israelis and Swarovski of Austria have copied this very effective rangefinder reticle pattern.

The M76 is quite clearly based upon the AK series and it operates as follows: After ignition of the primer and propellant, gases are diverted into the gas cylinder on top of the barrel. The piston (considerably longer in this instance) is driven rearward and the bolt carrier, attached to the piston extension, goes through the necessary amount of free travel until the gas pressure drops to a safe level.

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A cam-slot milled into the bolt carrier engages the bolt's cam lug and rotates the bolt about 35[degrees] to the left to unlock it from its recesses in the barrel extension. Unlike many other designs, the Kalashnikov provides no primary extraction during bolt rotation. Thus, in any of its calibers, an exceptionally large extractor claw is required.

As the bolt travels back, it rolls the hammer over and compresses the recoil spring. The bolt group ceases its rearward travel when the carrier slams into the rear end of the receiver.

The recoil spring then drives the bolt group forward, another round is stripped from the magazine and chambered, and the bolt then comes to rest. The bolt carrier itself continues onward for about 5.5mm after the bolt's two locking lugs have engaged their recesses in the barrel extension.

The long, Single-strand recoil spring is Wrapped around a two-piece guide rod on the Yugoslav M76. The front retaining cap permits user separation of the spring and rods. The rear end of the guide rod assembly slides into a notch on top of the receiver's end piece and serves to hold the stamped sheet-metal receiver top cover in place.

Soviet AKM and AK74 top covers have a ribbed configuration for added strength. The Yugoslav M76 rifle uses the heavier, smooth top cover characteristic of milled receiver construction.

The trigger mechanism is based on the .30 M1 Garand's. The hammer has two hooks, and there are two sears: a primary sear on an extension of the trigger and a spring-loaded secondary sear directly to the rear. When the hammer is in the cocked position, its left side hook is held by the primary sear.

When the trigger is pulled, the trigger extension rotates forward and the primary sear disengages, leaving the hammer free to rotate forward. In semiautomatic fire, when the bolt rolls the hammer back, it is caught by the secondary sear. When the trigger is released, the trigger extension and primary sear move back to catch the hammer as it is released by the secondary sear. As stated previously, there is no provision for an auto-safety sear on the Century International Arms M76 Sporter Rifle. The trigger mechanism's mainspring is of the multiple-strand type, which lasts longer and offers better performance under adverse conditions.

Equipped with the M76 rifle and its light but mushy trigger, 50-year-old infantry ball ammunition, and a 4X scope, the best accuracy we could obtain, shooting off the bench at 100 meters, was 1.8 moa. And that, as they say, is good enough for government work. Few, if any, production series, semiautomatic military sniper weapon systems, especially any based upon the Kalashnikov method of operation, are capable of any better accuracy potential than this.

In addition, be advised that the 4X Zrak scope sits too high above the receiver for the operator to obtain the positive and consistent cheek weld required for accurate shooting with scoped rifles. This has been a design fault that has plagued most military sniper rifles since their very inception. Yet, that aside, rifles with this deficiency have performed great execution on both sides of the line since the late 18th century.

The M76 system assembled by Century International Arms, Inc. provides collectors and shooters of ComBloc military small arms with an important sniper weapon system that until now has been almost unattainable for most of us. It has been well executed, precisely built and beautifully finished. Already in high demand, I can recommend the M76 "Sporter" Rifle without reservations of any kind.

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7.92x57min Cartridge

Frequently called the 8mm Mauser cartridge in the United States, in the country of its origin, Germany, and throughout the rest of the world, it is correctly referred to as the 7.92x57mm. French developments in small caliber infantry rifles and the invention of smokeless powder by Paul Vielle in 1886 led to the French arm's adoption of a new magazine repeating rifle chambered for the 8mm Lebel cartridge designed by Cap. Desaleux and Col. Gras. This resulted in an almost immediate surge throughout Europe to catch up to the French, as a rifle firing smokeless cartridges had numerous rather obvious advantages on the battlefield.

France's historically much despised enemy, Germany, was the first to respond, changing quickly to a magazine turn-bolt rifle just two years later in 1888. The case for this cartridge became the model for all future German rifle and machine gun ammunition for the next 57 years and through two world wars.

The case had a bottlenecked configuration, with slightly tapered sidewalls, and was rimless with a groove around the head to facilitate extraction. This later feature gave it a decided advantage over the rimmed 8mm Lebel round for use in both repeating and fully automatic small arms.

The first version of this round was designed for the Model 1888 "Commission" rifle. It has a brass case with a Berdan primer and eventually a black primer annulus. The round-nosed bullet (the typical configuration of this era) has a lead core and a cupro-nickel-washed steel jacket. The projectile has an overall length of 31.6mm, and weighs 226.8 grains. The German designation for this cartridge is 7,9mm Patrone M88.

In 1905, a new cartridge of the same caliber, but with spitzer, flat-based bullet was adopted by the German military. The bullet's length was reduced to 28.3mm and the weight dropped to 163.6 grains. This new bullet and a heavier propellant charge weight (from 41.7 to 54 grains) of nitrocellulose increased the muzzle velocity from 2100 fps to 2822 fps. This "S Patrone" (Spitzgeschoss Patrone = pointed bullet cartridge) was the standard rifle and machine gun cartridge of the German army throughout World War I. It will be encountered with either brass or copper-washed steel cases, both with a black primer annulus.

Sometime toward the end of World War I (from a German ordnance document dated 28 July 1918), a heavier bullet was adopted as the "s.S. Patrone." The 7,9mm s.S. (schweres Spitzgeschoss = heavy pointed bullet) weighs 197.5 grains and has an overall length of 35.3mm. Its muzzle velocity in the Model 1898 Mauser rifle is 2575 fps. As a consequence of limited manufacture, its use was initially restricted to use in the Maxim '08 machine gun on the western front equipped with new sights for fire from defilade (indirect).

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During its brief service prior to the Armistice, it proved to be extremely effective at fire from defilade out to ranges of 2000 meters or more. The case may be brass, copper-washed-steel or lacquered steel. The primer annulus was black up until 1930 and then green. Ironically, historical research seems to indicate that the s.S. bullet was first used in French Lebel cartridges.

In 1930, due to a shortage of strategic materials, caliber 7.92x57mm ball cartridge with an iron-cored bullet was introduced and designated as "S.m.E.," or more commonly referred to as semi-armor-piercing. The bullet is 37.3mm in overall length and weighs 178 grains. The jacket is made of gilding metal, cupro-nickel, or zinc-washed steel. The cases are either brass, copper-washed or lacquered steel. The primer annulus is blue. A variation of this with an even longer bullet is known.

The 7.92x57mm cartridge was adopted after World War I by numerous countries and was in service until recently by many European, Asian and African armies. It saw service with the armed forces of China, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, Great Britain (Besa tank machine gun), Greece, Iran, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Yugoslavia. More modern cartridges have replaced it, except in Yugoslavia, where it is fielded for use with the M76 and the M53 machine gun.

The 7.92x57mm cartridge has never been really popular in the United States, except by those who collect and shoot the Model 1898 Mauser rifle in all its many permutations. As a result, U.S. ammunition manufacturers have restricted themselves to marketing a few hunting loads in various projectile weights, and usually with soft-point bullets.

There has never been any perceived need to develop match-grade ammunition in this caliber, at least in the United States. and thus, the ammunition available does not measure up to the accuracy standards available in calibers such as .308 Win., (7.62x51mm NATO), .300 Win. Mag. or .338 Lapua Mag.

The ammunition used in our test and evaluation of the M76 sniper weapon system was standard infantry ball, with a Berdan-primed brass case. The headstamp is "12 * 53 *" and it was manufactured at an unknown Yugoslav (possibly Privi Partizan) arsenal in 1953: The case length is 56.8mm. The Yugoslav M49 bullet is boattailed, with a lead core and gilding metal jacket and weighs 198 grains. This is corrosive ammunition and any firearm through which it is fired must be subsequently cleaned properly.

A Brief History of Sniping in Serbia

The Balkan area has been one of the world's centers of ethnic and religious hatreds and subsequent almost unimaginable violence for more than a thousand years. Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Muslims have never seemed to tire of devising new methods of torture and murder, always under the guise of defending their respective holy dogmas.

They are experts at killing and the instruments used to do. During the last century, snipers have sometimes played a not insignificant role in preserving the "true faith." Soldiers, usually expert shots operating from concealment, who pick off individual enemy targets, have, since the late 18th century, been called snipers in the British army. The word "snipe" is derived from the Middle English "snype," probably of Scandinavian origin.

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The history of sniping in Yugoslavia really starts with the Mauser turn-bolt rifle. Yugoslavia has a long history of Mauser rifle production. Some Mauser Company machinery was sent to the government arsenal at Kragujevac in the early 1920s. The last Mauser military rifle produced in Yugoslavia was the M48 series. The first '98-type Mauser rifles used by Yugoslavia were the Model 24 rifles developed by Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka A.S. in Brno, Czechoslovakia and also produced by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium.

When a communist-style government was established in Yugoslavia by Josip Broz Tito immediately after World War II, relations with the Soviet Union were at first quite cordial. Military aid was quite substantial, although, like Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia had a well-developed and fairly sophisticated armament industry of its own. In 1947, Tito's Yugoslavia obtained a loan in the equivalent of 78 million dollars from the Soviet Union to acquire small arms. It was to be paid back within 10 years with 2% interest. Part of the loan consisted of 4,580 caliber 7.62x54R Mosin-Nagant Model 1891/30 sniper rifles.

The Mosin-Nagant M1891/30 sniper rifle and PU 3.5-power scope proved to be unsatisfactory for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the Yugoslav army was committed to the 7.92x57mm cartridge after World War II. The standard service rifle was one form or another of the '98 Mauser turn-bolt and the Yugoslav army's machine gun was the M53 (or SARAC), which was an exact, and completely interchangeable, copy of the German World-War-II-era MG42, also chambered for the 7.92x57mm cartridge.

In addition, the Soviet PU scope was of extremely low magnification and by the 1950s most armies had almost doubied the magnification of the optical sights attached to their sniper weapon systems. However, in 1953, 4,618 caliber 7.92x57mm M48 Mauser-type rifles were selected and equipped with the M52 scope, which was a Yugoslav copy of the Soviet PU scope, manufactured at Tovarna Opticnih Sredstev ("TOS" or Optical Sights Factory) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Several years later, the M52 optical sight was abandoned and the M48 rifle was equipped with either a 4X or 6x42mm scope made by Zrak in Zvijezda. The top, or elevation, turret of this latter scope is marked "7,9M76" and the windage adjustment knob is located on the left side.

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The 6x42mm Zrak scope is interfaced with the M48 rifle by means of a German-type "turret" mounting system. Considered to be one of the best mounting systems of its era, turret mounts were introduced in 1939 and saw service through the end of the war. The Yugoslav turret mount, while similar to the German type in principle, is quite different in execution.

The bottom of the rear base of the Yugoslav turret mount is dovetailed on each side. The top of the rear base is attached to the rear scope ring. A spring-loaded catch/release on the left side, when pressed upward permits the operator to rotate the scope, rings and upper bases to the right:

When rotated 90[degrees] to the right, the scope can be Separated from the front base for transport. This system is quite rigid and the return to zero is positive. But, as with German K98k sniper rifles, the original stock configuration, designed for use with iron sights only, has been retained and the scope is mounted too far above the bore's axis for the operator to obtain a proper and consistent cheek weld.

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The Yugoslav Model 1969 caliber 7.92x57mm sniper rifle was a product of Zastava's extensive experience with '98 Mauser-type rifles and their LK-70 sporting rifle, the latter also derived from the '98 Mauser action. It featured a '98 Mauser bolt action with a turned-down bolt handle that was easier to manipulate. As the scope was mounted closer to the bore's action, a new butterfly-shaped safety lever was installed.

This precluded loading by means of a clip and each round had to be loaded one round at a time. This also required moving the hinged magazine floorplate catch from the inner side of the trigger guard to the outside, leaving more space to manipulate the trigger, especially if the operator was wearing gloves. Another interesting feature was a single-set trigger mechanism, which had an exceptionally light trigger pull weight and another notch for added safety.

The Model 1969 sniper rifle was equipped with a 4X Zrak scope with a mount different from the one employed on Zrak 6x42mm optical sights attached to the M48 sniper rifle. The Model 1969 sniper rifle was fielded for almost 30 years until replaced by the M76 sniper weapon system.

M76 Sporter Rifle

Caliber: 7.92x57mm.

Method of operation: Semiautomatic-only; locked breech; fires from closed bolt position; gas-operated with three-position regulator; rotary bolt duplicating Kalashnikov method of operation; AK-type safety lever.

Weight (without scope, empty): 9 pounds, 5.6 ounces (4.6kg).

Length, overall: 44.68 inches (1,135 mm).

Barrel: Button-rifled with four grooves and a right-hand twist of one turn in 9.5 inches.

Barrel length: 21.65 inches (550mm).

Feed mechanism: 10-round, two-position-feed, staggered-column, detachable box-type magazine.

Optical sight: Yugoslav Zrak ON-M76 4-power scope, with a field of view of 5[degrees] 10'. Reticle illumination was originally provided by tritium.

Emergency sights: AK-type: round front sight post, which is adjustable for both elevation and windage zero; sliding tangent-type rear sight with an open U-notch, adjustable for elevation in 100-meter intervals from 100 to 1,000 meters 300-meter battle-sight setting is marked with the letter for "O".

Furniture: Yugoslav native teak.

Finish: Black oxide.

Price: $1,900 to $2,150, complete with Yugoslav AKM-type wire-cutter bayonet and scabbard, rifle hard case, green canvas scope cover, a canvas magazine and accessory pouch with shoulder straps, two magazines, three-piece steel cleaning rod standard AK buttstock cleaning k t with tools, a safety trigger lock, web sling, hemp rope pull-through, a utility cleaning brush and a combination tool for the M76.

Manufacturer: Century International Arms. Inc., Dept. SGN, 430 South Congress Avenue, Suite 1, Delray Beach, FL 33445, Dept. 0901A: order toll free: 800-527-1252 or 561-265-4530: fax: 561-265-4520; website: www. centuryarms.com.

T&E summary: High-quality recreation of a famous but rare ComBloc sniper weapon system using original parts and a new receiver and barrel.
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