Copies of Kalashnikov

Sa vz. 58 (Czech Republic)

After creating in 1955 the Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO) under the leadership of the Soviet Union, in the framework of the countries - participants, started standardization of weapon systems and ammunition.
Most countries - Soviet satellites came very simply and had adopted the Soviet AK-47 (and later AKM) in a more or less modified form. However, Czechoslovakia, which had historically very strong and advanced armaments jobs, chose to create their own designs of weapons under the overall cartridge.
Auto Sa vz. 58 are of high quality and exterior, as well as the original design. Despite the resemblance to the Soviet AK Czech machine it was fundamentally different, and completely original design. Even the machine shop model 58 was a completely different, although superficially similar to the store Kalashnikov.

LADA / CZ 2000 (Czech Republic)
In 1989, after a series of tests and improvements, the company Ceská Zbrojovka has introduced a family of small arms caliber LADA 5, 45h39 mm.
For reasons of unification of weapons, as well as economy, in contrast to the machine CZ Sa vz. 58 Czechs have decided not to develop the original system, and modify the Soviet system on the basis of Kalashnikov AK-74 at their wishes and preferences.
LADA / CZ 2000 is characterized by high service and performance characteristics, virtually conceding the Soviet AK-74 assault rifles and American M16A2 reliability and performance under different operating conditions.

After the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY), armed with an independent Croatia was part until 1991 a part of Yugoslavia, Zastava M70 machine guns were under the Soviet 7.62x39 mm cartridge.
In order to replace the Zastava M70 automatic small arms, ammunition standardized by NATO, Croatian war set the task to develop a new assault rifle (automatic) chambered 5.56h45 mm NATO.
In the early 1990's during the war for independence in Croatia were put South African machines Vektor R4 (licensed copy of the Israeli Galil 5.56 mm caliber), who praised the Croatian military.
Croatians have acquired a license to manufacture the Israeli machine and in 1993 on the basis of Galil developed a new machine under the cartridge 5.56h45 mm, which in 1995 was adopted by the Croatian Army with the designation of APS 95.
APS 95 is a slightly modernized version of the machine of the Israeli Galil, and differs from it only in appearance (have changed shape forend and pistol grip, used new sights), and on the structure and functioning of all units and mechanisms identical to the Israeli sample.

In 1981, the Hungarian People's Army (Magyar Nyphadsereg) to re-start automatic caliber 7.62x39 mm NGM-automatic 81 mm caliber 5.45h39.
GM-81 is a licensed copy of the Soviet AK-74, the production of which has been established by Hungarian Fegyver e Gazkeszulekgyar (FEG) in Budapest in a short time.
By design, in terms of all mechanisms, NGM-81 is a replica of a Kalashnikov AK-74, but the Hungarian engineers made minor changes in their.
From the Soviet model NGM-81 is different, using the wood for the manufacture of the stock, forearm, handguard and pistol grip fire control with a protruding base (a characteristic feature of all Hungarian machines created on the bases of the Soviet model), as well as the presence of reinforced slotted flame arrester, providing increase the accuracy of fire especially when shooting continuous fire.

Developing its own assault rifle in Israel began after the "six-day" Arab-Israeli war (06.05.1967 city - 06/10/1967 city).
The project was the construction of the Finnish Galili machine Valmet RK.62 (which, in turn, is a licensed version of AK-47) license which was acquired from the Finns. The system of automation and locking the barrel, the design of the bolt, bolt and trigger mechanism were borrowed from the Kalashnikov assault rifle; the design of the barrel, bolt cups, shop - have experienced the American system of Stoner-63; receiver, magazine catch and sights - the Finnish Valmet RK.62; a folding butt - from the Belgian FN FAL Para; compensator device arrester - the American M16A1 Colt. Also I. Galili and added several new features of its own.
As a result, in 1973 it adopted the Israeli army was adopted rifle design Yisrael Galili, developed at the state armory enterprise Israel Military Industries (IMI). The rifle was designated «Galil» and launched into production. To issue assault rifle (automatic) Galil in Finland were purchased manufacturing equipment and documentation.


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