M56 submachine gun

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Crvena Zastava Automat M56
Brzostrelka M56.jpg
TypeSubmachine gun
Place of originSFR Yugoslavia
Service history
In service1956–1992
Used bysee users
WarsVietnam War
Lebanese Civil War
Gulf War
Yugoslav Wars[1]
Production history
ManufacturerCrvena Zastava
Mass3 kg (6.61 lb)
Length870 mm (34.3 in) stock extended / 591 mm (23.3 in) stock folded
Barrel length250 mm (9.8 in)

Cartridge7.62×25mm Tokarev
ActionStraight blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire600 rounds/min
Effective firing range200 m
Feed system32-round detachable box magazine
SightsFront 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. ^ a b de Quesada, Alejandro (2014). MP 38 and MP 40 Submachine Guns. Osprey Publishing. p. 64. ISBN 978-1780963884.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-02. Retrieved 2010-10-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ 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.

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