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[citation needed]
Wars Yugoslav Wars[citation needed]
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.[2]

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.


  1. ^ Mtonga, Robert; Mthembu-Salter, Gregory (1 October 2004). "Country study: Zambia" (PDF). Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa. p. 285. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 

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