SA58 assault rifle 7,62 x 39mm

Fields of use

In 1956 the Soviet Union suggested that the Warsaw Pact forces standardize on united ammo. Therefore the Czechoslovakia armory Kostrukta started to develop the vz. 58 weapon. The famous assault rifle entered service two years later, and until 1984 almost a million weapons had been produced for the armed forces of Czechoslovakia, Cuba, and some African and Asian countries.

Interesting facts

The external design of the Czech vz. 58 reminds of the Soviet AK-47. However, internally are those weapons designed substantially differently. The vz. 58 is based on a short-stroke gas piston, while the AK-47 uses a long-stroke gas system.

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TypeAssault rifle
Cartridge7.62 × 9 mm
Capacity30 rounds
ActionGas-operated, falling breechblock
Weight2.9 kg (6.4 lb)
Length84 cm (33 in)
Muzzle velocity705 m/s (2.313 ft/s)
Firing range350 m (1.150 ft)
Place of originCzechoslovakia
ManufacturerČeská zbrojovka Uherský Brod
DesignerJiří Čermák
In service1959–1984
Number built920.000