The Serbian firm Zastava ( zpap92 ) Arms is responsible for the export of both firearms and hunting weapons. When they made their first cannon in the foundry in Kragujevac in the year 1853, they established the company. This event not only left an indelible impression on the business, but it also served as a watershed moment in the history of the military industry in the country.
Following World War II, the company was subject to a significant amount of damage. Before, the company’s primary focus was on artillery and weapons; but, after the war, it shifted its attention to small guns.
In 1953, production of the rifle M48 began, and the following year, production of the Kalashnikov-based M67 began. The now-famous Zastava M70 originated from that location. The production line was expanded to accommodate additional items, which included anything from pistols to rifles to machine guns.
When it comes to firearms, the name Zastava Arms is frequently mentioned because the company has been in business for more than 165 years. In 2019, Zastava Arms USA was formed with the purpose of bringing firearms manufactured in Serbia even closer to the market in the United States. The company was able to put an end to the tough patch it had gone through in the past with importers as a result of centralizing, which was a smart move.
The ZPAP92 is a semi-automatic version of the M92 carbine. It is chambered with the same cartridge but unlike the latter, it got rid of the under folding stock. It has the same 10-inch barrel but is significantly smaller and lighter. This more compact variant is, by definition, categorized as a pistol in the United States. I have heard many great things about the ZPAP92, so I decided to look at it myself in this review.
The 7.62x39mm cartridge can be found in the semi-automatic ZPAP92. The dimpled receiver acts as a guide for the regular 30-round magazine, which can be stored in this compartment. The barrel with a diameter of 10 inches was hammer-forged to assure its longevity and excellent dimensional precision.
The chrome-lined barrel was designed to withstand abrasion and corrosion thanks to its construction. This not only prolongs the life of the barrel but also makes it more resistant to repeated and rigorous use. Additionally, the bolt carrier has a robust construction.
Although it may not appear to be so at first glance, the barrel is, in fact, threaded. Hidden beneath the welded thread shield is a left-hand accessory thread that measures 26 millimeters in diameter and 1.5 millimeters in pitch.
The ZPAP92 features a synthetic grip that is patterned with various lines of roughness. It kept the traditional wood handguard that is seen on Yugo rifles as well as the three vent holes that are found on these guns. The rear sight on this AK pistol is designed in the Krinkov style, and it lines up perfectly with the post-front sight.
When it comes to inspecting and cleaning the ZPAP92 on the inside, the top cover’s hinged design is a handy feature. It is considerably shorter than the M92, which folds down to a total length of 21.65 inches, as it only measures 19.3 inches in length overall. This more compact version is likewise lighter, weighing in at 1.27 fewer pounds.
Even before Zastava Arms USA began its operations, the ZPAP92 had already established a reputation as the new go-to pick for target practice at the range. Personally, I’ve been aching to get my hands on one, but given all the problems with the importers, I was a bit skeptical. But given that Zastava has seized control of the situation on its own, I felt compelled to jump on board as soon as possible.