Zastava M70 AB2-The us contractor weapon of choice!(?)

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Mark_Van_Goth, May 3, 2013.

  1. Mark_Van_Goth

    Mark_Van_Goth New Member

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    Some days ago, I met a friend of mine who is an italian journalist.He showed me some pictures of his last travel in the middle east.Many of the picture contain Us contractors who are equipped with Zastava M70 AB2(Most probably, iraqi made).I was a little suprised that so many american contractors opted for an ak pattern rifle instead of a AR15 pattern rifle.Actually, the rifles shown in the prictures were partially upgraded but many (a lot) of them looked like they just left the factory(they kept the original design, with no modification).

    What would be the reason for choosing such rifle?The amount of ammo available?The reliability of the weapon?
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    They wouldn't be Iraqi made if they are Zastavas.

    Iraq has AK variations from all over, including some made domestically.

    Cost, ease of obtaining them, the fact that they "blend in a bit better" locally, familiarity in the area, low maintenence cost, probably all contribute to the selection. many contractors have to obtain their own weapons once they are in country.
     

  3. bigjim

    bigjim New Member

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    This one and cost and availability of ammo.

    Jim
     
  4. Mark_Van_Goth

    Mark_Van_Goth New Member

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    Did you know that...

    ...several years ago, Iraq bought a part o zastava's machinery.I don't know what's the rifle's designation in Iraq, but it is almost identical to the Yugo zastava m70.Another interesting (to me) thing shown in the pictures is the Tabuk sniper rifle-Actually, it is a long range m70(A m70 with longer barrel and full auto capability preserved-again...Iraqi made)
     
  5. duddie10

    duddie10 New Member

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    It leaves no evidence. Get into a fire fight with an m4 or m16 people would point fingers at us. Get into a fire fight with an ak no one could or even cares. Thats also along with cost and part availibity.