ZK-383 Submachine Gun
|Country of Origin||Czechoslovakia|
|Barrel Length||325.000 mm|
|Rate of Fire||500 rounds/min|
|Muzzle Velocity||1,500 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe ZK-383 design was developed in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s. Production of the submachine guns began in 1933 at the CeskoslovenskÃ¡ zbrojovka factory in Brno. Very early examples had front pistol grips, but they were removed very shortly after. Bipods were provided with each example, and they had quick-change barrels, both pointing to the fact that they were designed to serve as general-purpose light machine guns for squads of infantry. They were exported to many countries, including Bolivia, Bulgaria, and Venezuela, and others. After the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, the Germans continued the design's production, and the weapons were supplied to Waffen-SS troops for service against Soviet troops. Production of ZK-383 submachine guns continued until 1966, and Bulgaria remained a loyal buyer of this weapon until 1970.
Ian Hogg, The Encyclopedia of Infantry Weapons of World War II
Last Major Revision: Jul 2014
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