Zastava M84

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Zastava M84
Zastava M84 machine gun.jpg
The Zastava M84 displayed on a tripod
Type General-purpose machine gun
Place of origin Yugoslavia
Service history
In service 1984–present
Used by See Users
Wars Yugoslav Wars
Syrian Civil War[1]
Iraqi Civil War[2]
Production history
Designer Zastava Arms
Designed 1984
Manufacturer Zastava Arms
Produced 1984–present
Variants See Variants
Weight 8.8 kg (19 lb)
Length 1,175 mm (46.3 in)
Barrel length 658 mm (25.9 in)

Cartridge 7.62×54mmR
Action Gas-operated (rotating bolt)
Rate of fire 700-800 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 825 m/s
Effective firing range 1000 m
Feed system Belt-fed with 100 and 250 round belts
Sights Adjustable iron sights, optional mount required for optical sights

The Zastava M84 is a general-purpose machine gun manufactured by the (then) Yugoslav Zastava Arms company.[3][4] It is a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed and fully automatic shoulder-fired weapon.

The M84 is a direct copy of the Soviet PK machine gun, the sole difference being in the stock, which is not hollow like the original and is made out of a different type of wood.



The standard M84 is intended for infantry use, and is derived from the Soviet-made PK machine gun. It differs from the PK-series in that it has a solid wooden stock and an unfluted barrel. It is also configured for tripod mounting (like the PKS) and comes with a scope mount (like the PKMSN).


The M86 variant is based on the PKT, and is designed to mount as a coaxial weapon on tanks and other combat vehicles. The stock, bipod, and iron sights are omitted from this version, and it includes a heavier barrel and electric trigger.




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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 7, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2011.  History of Zastava Arms
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Infantry weapons

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