PAPs, Toks and Mausers for the masses: Zastava launches U.S-based operation
By Chris Eger
If you are excited about PAPs, M70s, Tokarevs and Mauser bolt-action rifles, prepare to get happy. (Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Fresh off their 165th anniversary, Serbia’s Zastava Arms is done with working with importers and is set to bring an entire line of guns into the States under their own banner.
Zastava Arms USA, based in Des Plaines, Illinois, is the new U.S-based subsidiary of the European arms maker which traces its origin to the mid-19th Century. Showing off their America-bound models at SHOT Show on Wednesday, Ranko Ristic, Zastava USA’s CEO, had a lot to highlight.
Zastava intends to bring in models including the ZPAP92 and 85 AK-style pistol series, ZPAPM70 semi-auto carbines, and Mauser-based bolt-action rifles.
An unexpected crowd pleaser when originally imported, Zastava will be bringing in their own ZPAP92 pistols in 7.62x39mm as well as 5.56mm ZPAP85s as well. Ristic says the latter will use steel magazines made by the company and not M16-style mags that had to rely on polymer adapter such as in the previously seen PAP M85 NP as brought in a few years ago by CAI.
How about this guy?
Upsizing from the AK-pattern pistols will be the ZPAPM70 series based on the company’s M70 using a cold hammer