Zagi M-91

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Zagi M-91
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin  Croatia
Service history
In service 1991-?
Used by Croatia
Wars Yugoslav Wars
Production history
Designed 1991
Manufacturer Likaweld, Zagreb
Produced 1991-?
Specifications
Weight 3.41 kg
Length stock retracted 565mm / stock extended 850mm
Barrel length 220mm

Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
Caliber 9 mm
Action Blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire 700 rpm
Feed system 32-round box magazine [1]
Sights Iron sights

Zagi M-91 is a submachine gun created in 1991, when the dissolution of Yugoslavia left Croatia with few or no weapons to arm their military in the time of Croatian War of Independence. Since the embargo prevented the newly formed state from legally buying equipment abroad, they had no choice but to design new weapons locally. This gun was produced by LIKAWELD, now bankrupt machine tools factory based in Zagreb, also called the "First Croatian Weapons Factory", PHTO (Prva Hrvatska Tvornica Oružja).

The name of the gun likely relates to Zagi - squirrel mascot of XIV Summer Universiade that was held in Zagreb, in 1987.

Weapon's mechanism is based on Sten submachine gun, famous for its simplicity of production[2] Magazine is based on the MP40, dual stack, single feed magazine. Extending stock resembles one used in Grease gun. However, unlike its World War II predecessors, it features partially plastic receiver/handle. The gun was fairly solid in construction, precise and apparently liked by its users.[citation needed]

Some of these guns ended up as military aid in 1992 in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the war started there, and were used by Muslim army forces, desperately in need of the weapons. Somewhat interesting fact is that they copied the gun (with some small modifications, like using the wooden lower receiver/handle instead of the original plastic one) and produced it in Pobjeda factory in town Goražde, calling it "Bosanski Zagi" (Bosnian Zagi),[3] in apparently very small numbers.

See also[edit]

  • Pleter 91, another "homemade" Croatian firearm.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croatian Ministry of Interior Affairs museum" (in Croatian). Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zagi M91" (in Russian). Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Nurkić, Fadil (2005). Oružje Bosanskog otpora (Weapons of Bosnian Defense) (in Bosnian). Slovo Mostar.