POTD: Another PAP (AK) Pistol, This Time in 5.56mm

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

John sent us a photo of his Zastava PAP M85NP pistol chambered in 5.56x45mm. He has outfitted the PAP with a Hogue grip, Midwest Yugo Hand Guard, Magpul AFG2 Angled Rail and a sightmark combo laser/holo-graphic sight.

Being a fan of short barreled rifles, I was critical of the pistol-rifle craze when it first started, but since then I have grown fond of them. I don’t think they are a replacement for short-barreled carbines in the field, when a stock is required, but they are a lot of fun at the range and in a very close range situation, like the home, it would be hard to argue that any attacker is not going to come out a lot worse off.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Jose Jose on Jul 27, 2015

    I was wondering: Will Century Arms import Serbian AK rifles in .223? The M-80/M-90 was the last series of AK rifles made by Zastava, before switching to the M-21. Now they are doing sporting AK rifles in both .223 and .308. All they need is to use the PAP pistols as the basis for the rifles building; and that's it. Same goes for those Romanian AK rifles, the SAR-2 and SAR-3. It will compensate for the ban on Russian made firearms; and more access for .223 and 5.45 AK rifles. Just saying.

    • Dracon1201 Dracon1201 on Jul 27, 2015

      @Jose They were. Century even had listings in their catalog. It's been pretty mum since.

  • BarackInsaneOmuslim BarackInsaneOmuslim on Jul 27, 2015

    Looks like an AR-15 Mag adapter made by Czech Small Arms for their 5.56x45 Vz58's.

    It has an AR-15 style mag release and it accepts STANAG mags. I have one on my Vz58 in 5.56, pretty neat.