Serbian AKs, Part 5: Rising from the Ashes

In  Part 1 of this article, I talked about the first prototypes of Yugoslav AKs, in  Part 2 we dived into the history of M70 rifles with milled receivers, Part 3 was dedicated to the most common Zastava M70, Part 4 went over rifles that Zastava developed during the collapse of Yugoslavia. In this final chapter, I will talk about modern Serbian AKs that I’ve seen over the years.

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Yugoslav AKs, Part 4. Collapse of Yugoslavia

In  Part 1 of this article, I talked about the first prototypes of Yugoslav AKs, in  Part 2 we dived into the history of M70 rifles with milled receivers, Part 3 was dedicated to the most common Zastava M70s and this chapter will go over Zastava AKs developed during the collapse of Yugoslavia.

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Yugo AKs, Part 3. M70B1, the Workhorse from the Balkans

In Part 1 of this article, I talked about the first prototypes of Yugo AKs, in Part 2 we dived into the history of M70 rifles with milled receivers. In this article, we’ll take a look at the stamped receiver M70B1 rifles.

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Zastava AKs, Part 2. M70 – The First Mass-Produced Yugoslavian Kalashnikov

In part 1 of this article, I wrote about the early history of Zastava AKs: M64 and M64A. Right now, the only place where you can find a real M64 is the Zastava Arms Museum in Serbia. In this article we’ll talk about the first mass-produced Zastava AKs, the M70.

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Zastava M64. Part 1. The Unusual History of Yugoslavian AKs

At least 33 countries produced AK rifles, but none of them had an origin history as strange as Yugoslavian AKs. Some say that Zastava is the best license-produced Kalashnikovs ever, but the truth is – Yugo AKs were not “license-produced”. Those guns had their own unique path that we will explore in this series of articles.

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The Serb Dragunov: Zastava M91 Sniper Rifle

James Reeves reviews the Serbian M91 Sniper Rifle. This modernized version of Zastava’s designated marksman rifle (DMR) shares some similarities with the famous SVD Dragunov but is actually a very different gun, even if it uses the same barrel length and caliber as the SVD. Is this gun still effective? How accurate is it? What type of range does this gun have with the included POSP 4x optic? Is it reliable? We answer those questions and more in today’s episode of TFBTV.

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Everything you Need to Know About the The Zastava M87 Heavy Machine Gun

Join James Reeves on an exhilarating journey to the heart of Serbia’s legendary Zastava Oružje factory. In this captivating video, James engages in a conversation with a Zastava engineer, delving into the intricacies of the iconic Serbian M87 Machine Gun, an unparalleled masterpiece of firepower. The Heavy Machine Gun M87 is a licensed product based on the Soviet NSV, the best heavy machine gun ever made.

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Serbia Halts Arms Exports? Aims to Focus on Home Military Needs

Today we found out via our friends over at Zastava Arms USA that the Serbian Government decided that due to the ongoing situation in the area (tensions mounting with neighboring Kosovo), it’s likely they’ll be suspending all arms exports in an effort to make sure that the Serbian military has sufficient arms and ammunition to cater to the needs of the Serbian Armed Forces. At the time of writing, Zastava Arms has not received any official word from the Zastava Arms factory regarding the ban and they are still continuing to receive shipments as usual. With Serbia being home to Zastava Arms, and also being owned by the Serbian Ministry of Defense, Zastava Arms may have no choice but to completely cease all of their US exports to Zastava Arms USA.

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How Good (or Bad) are Serb Gun Stores and Laws?

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is in Belgrade, Serbia visiting the ORUZJE.COM gun store to talk about gun laws, gun prices, and even the strange legal issues around fireworks and air guns in Serbia. What do you think of Serbia’s laws?

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Zastava M21: Serbia's Military Service Rifle

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at Zastava Oruzje in Serbia to try out a number of their most famous (and infamous) small arms. In today’s video, James has the opportunity to shoot the M21. The Zastava M21 is similar to the Zastava M90 but it has a few changes making it something slightly different. However, it might be the lightest recoiling 5.56mm rifle made. James interviews a Zastava engineer to get the details on how the Zastava M21 works the way it does.

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Zastava M19 MCS: The Next Generation of AK47?

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is personally visiting Zastava headquarters in Serbia to test out the successor to the legendary M70: the brand new Zastava M19 MCS (Modular Combat System).

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Serbian RedStar Shotgun Ammo Coming to the US

In this episode of TFBTV Show Time, James Reeves is at the LORIST gun show in Serbia talking to Nikola from Belom Ammunition about their new line of shotgun ammo coming to the United States, RedStar Ordnance. Belom promises that RedStar will be budget priced while still performing better than other 12 gauge ammo on the market. @DumDum Darko makes a special guest appearance in this episode.

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AR-15 Shopping at a Serbian Gun Show

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is at the LORIST 2022 Serbian Gun Show shopping for AR-15s with @DumDum Darko. Sure, your options are limited and EXPENSIVE, but you have choices from manufacturers like DanielDefense and Smith & Wesson Inc., as well as options that we don’t have in the United States. James and Darko peruse the guns (and a lot of rakija brandy) and talk about what options are out there for Serbs.

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Zastava M21 – The New Generation Kalashnikov Rifle From Serbia That Never Caught On

Mass production of the famous AK-47 started in 1949, and by 1959 the design was completely finalized. Many countries tried to modernize it, some were successful, like Poland with its “Beryl” program, and some unsuccessful, like Hungary, which ended up ditching all changes in the late 70s to just make a standard AKM rifle they called “AK-63”. But there were modernization efforts that went beyond simple upgrades, and Zastava M21 is probably one of the best examples of that.

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POTD: Serbian Police from the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ)

Photo Of The Day is TFB’s place where you can unwind and just enjoy interesting pictures for a while. While the rest of this blog is stacked with new releases, information and reviews, you can just enjoy the tranquility and beautiful pictures here. We’ve been doing it since 2014 and keep on going, every day of the year. On offer today are images of the Serbian Police from the Special Anti-Terrorist Unit (SAJ) and U.S. Army Green Berets as they conduct a Joint Combined Exchange Training in Goč, Serbia, June 28 – July 9, 2021. The JCET aims to improve planning, maneuvering, and crisis response for Serbian and U.S. forces in mountainous terrain.

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