M56 Submachine gun

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Crvena Zastava Automat M56
Brzostrelka M56.jpg
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin SFR Yugoslavia
Service history
In service 1956–1992
Used by SFR Yugoslavia
North Korea
Wars Yugoslav Wars
Production history
Manufacturer Crvena Zastava
Weight 3 kg (6.61 lb)
Length 870 mm (34.3 in) stock extended / 591 mm (23.3 in) stock folded
Barrel length 250 mm (9.8 in)

Cartridge 7.62×25mm Tokarev
Action Straight blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Effective firing range 200 m
Feed system 32-round detachable box magazine
Sights Front blade, flip-up rear iron sights

The M56 submachine gun is a Yugoslavian submachine gun chambered in 7.62×25mm Tokarev, designed for use with the Yugoslav People's Army. Initially a state-funded product, it was later produced by Zastava Arms and saw use in a number of conflicts following the breakup of former Yugoslavia. The M56 is a clone of the MP 40 submachine gun used by Nazi Germany, easily distinguished from the MP 40 by its increased length and curved magazine.[1]

While inexpensive to produce and easy to maintain, the M56 also proved to be quite effective at range over its German counterpart; its 7.62 mm cartridge providing significantly more penetration over the 9×19mm round found in the MP 40.


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