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ZH-29 Automatic rifle
Type Semi-automatic rifle
Place of origin Czechoslovakia
Service history
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer Emanuel Holek
Designed 1929
Manufacturer Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka
Weight 4.5 kg (9.9 lb)
Length 1,150 mm (45 in)
Barrel length 545 mm (21.5 in)

Cartridge 8×57mm IS
Action Gas-operated, tilting bolt
Muzzle velocity 808 m/s (2,650 ft/s)
Feed system 5, 10 or 20-round box magazine
Sights iron sights

The ZH-29 was a semi-automatic rifle developed in Czechoslovakia during the late 1920s and used by the Chinese National Revolutionary Army.[1] The ZH-29 is one of the first successful self-loading rifles in service.


The ZH-29 is a gas-operated service rifle with a locking system similar to that which would be later used in the Sturmgewehr 44. The most distinctive feature is that the barrel is offset at a slight angle to the receiver. The rifle uses an aluminum barrel jacket.

A version chambered in .276 Pedersen was submitted to US Army trials but was unsuccessful.[2]


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  1. ^ http://survincity.com/2012/08/czechoslovak-rifle-semi-automatic-type-zh-29/
  2. ^ Springfield Armory page on the ZH-29 (SPAR item 3633) quoting from Walter, John. RIFLES OF THE WORLD. 3rd Edition. Krause Publications. Iola, Wi. 2006
  3. ^ Ian McCollum (August 15, 2016). "Japanese ZH-29 Copy by Tokyo Gas & Electric". Retrieved March 18, 2017. 

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