Zbroyar Z-10 Rifles in Use by Ukrainian Forces, SF Interested

Several media outlets have reported that elements of the Ukranian Special Operations Forces are interested in procuring locally produced, Kiev based Zbroyar 7.62x51mm Z-10 rifles. The Z-10 is a locally manufactured AR10 derivative, spawning off a growing industry of Ukranian AR manufacturers in both 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm. We’ve covered the company’s 10.5″ SBR in a previous post, in addition to the rifles being suppressed and used by a possible Russian or even Ukranian PMC individual. Zbroyar is a private Ukranian company that has been in existence since 2004, focusing on a wide range of rifle applications. Currently, it appears that only some of the rifle components are being produced in-house, most likely the upper and lower receivers. Other than that, the rifles sport imported Magpul components, Adams Arms gas piston conversions, Daniel Defence rail systems, Hogue grips, and Tactical Systems suppressors from the Ukraine. Some photographs show the rifles with Nightforce scopes, Harris (or imitation) bipods, and interestingly enough, M-Lok machined forends.

Whether or not this claim of procurement interest is substantiated, we don’t know at the current time. However, what is substantial is that elements of the Ukranian 79th Air Assualt Brigade have been actively using donated Z-10 rifles in the field. This unit has seen some of the heaviest action in the current conflict, at one time becoming known as “Cyborgs” for their staunch defense. Some of these appear to come with digital thermal optics.

This is a video showing training from the Ukranian SF contingent.

 



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

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  • neckbone

    Looks like some Luth-AR stocks too. Not to shabby looking. Other than the made in Ukraine part.

    • Anonymoose

      And ye olde UBR.

  • toms

    I recently had the chance to mess with their newer generation guns while in Ukraine. They are fairly widely used in Ukraine, mostly in .308 but also 5.56. SF, SBU, MVD, volunteer units and airborne troops have varying amounts of them. They appear high quality. They had Lothar walther barrels. The receivers, bolt carriers, bolts, and rails were made in Ukraine. Other parts were unidentifiable to me. They used to have lower quality parts on some models.

    • PK

      Lothar Walther barrels? They really went high end and then some! Those are the nicest barrels I’ve used, I can’t justify the price unless it’s a blank I simply can’t source elsewhere. All of my 9x18mm builds, however…

      • int19h

        For Z-10 it kinda makes sense, since it’s a DMR and not a main issue rifle. So there are fewer of them around, but the expectations are higher as well.

  • Brett baker

    One more WIN for Eugene!

  • Friend

    That aint no M-Lok.