Zastava M77
Zastava M77
TypeLight machine gun
Place of originYugoslavia
Service history
In service1977-present
WarsLebanese Civil War
Yugoslav Wars
Production history
ManufacturerZastava Arms
Specifications
Mass4.8 kg[1]
Length990 mm
Barrel length500 mm

Cartridge7.62×51mm NATO[1]
Caliber7.62 mm
ActionGas-actuated (rotating bolt)
Rate of fireSemi-automatic, fully automatic
Muzzle velocity840 m/s
Effective firing range600 m
Feed system20-round detachable magazine
SightsAdjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical sights

The Zastava M77 is a 7.62x51mm battle rifle and light machine gun developed and manufactured by Zastava Arms.[2] It is a Kalashnikov pattern rifle based on the Zastava M70. While early versions of the M77 had a milled receiver, later variants would be built with the standard Yugoslavian 1.5mm stamped RPK receivers. The stamped variants would also have an adjustable gas system to aide in the use of suppressors. On the machine gun variant, the M77 possess a folding bipod and cooling fins on the barrel to allow for longer strings of fire.


Import Into the United States

Between 2014 and 2015 a semi-automatic variant of this rifle was imported into the United States as the M77PS. This variant had a polymer thumbhole stock and a 10-round magazine in order to comply with US import restrictions. In 2022, Zastava Arms USA once again began importing a variant of the M77 onto the US market, this time with a standard fixed stock and 20-round magazine.[3]

References

  1. ^ a b M77 Technical data
  2. ^ "ZASTAVA ARMS Kragujevac | Light Machine Gun M77". 2012-03-10. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2018-11-02.
  3. ^ "PAP M77 Semi-Automatic Sporting Rifle". Retrieved 2024-06-05.