Star Z-84



Overview


Star Z-84

Spanish combat diver armed with Star Z-84.
Source: Spanish navy - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Spain
Type
Sub machine gun
Entered service
Late 1980's
Status
Limited service
Development
Mid 1980's
Developer
Spain - Star Bonifacio Echeverria SA
Production
Mid 1980's - 1996
Producer
Spain - Star Bonifacio Echeverria SA
Number produced
Less than 1.000

Description


Introduction

The Z-84 is a late Cold War era sub machine gun of Spanish origin. It was developed as a more modern alternative to the older sub machine guns in Spanish service. The design is heavily inspired by the Israeli Uzi, but differs in various areas. The Z-84 is even simpler and cheaper than the Uzi.

Design

The Z-84 is a blowback operated sub machine gun with that fires from the open bolt position. The wrap around bolt is located in the two piece stamped steel receiver. The magazine is inserted in the pistol grip and a folding stock is fitted. A safety switch and fire selector are fitted near the trigger. The design is very reliable but sacrifices some accuracy.

Firepower

The Z-84 fires the 9x19mm Parabellum round from a 25 or 30 round magazine. Reportedly it was also avaiable chambered in 9x23mm Largo. It fires semi-automatic or fully automatic at a rate of fire of 600 rpm. Maximum effective range is quoted to be 150 to 200 meters.

Users

The Z-84 was adopted by the Spanish armed forces and law enforcement. It is mostly used by naval units since it functions reliable after bein submerged in salt water. The Z-84 has also been exported in limited numbers to various nations.

Details


Star Z-84

Right side view of Star Z-84 with stock in folded position.
Source: www.svahistoria.blogspot.nl - © copyright lies with original owner

Variants of the Star Z-84 sub machine gun

The Z-84 is a late Cold War era sub machine gun of Spanish origin. It looks very similar to the Israeli Uzi. The Z-84 was produced in two barrel lenghts. The standard caliber is 9x19mm Parabellum, but reportedly it was developed as a prototype in 9x23mm Largo as well.

Facts Z-84 (short) Z-84 (long)
General
Origin
Spain
Type
Sub machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine
25, 30 round detachable box
Barrel length
215 mm
Operation
Action
Gas operated, blowback, open bolt
Fire selector
0-1-F
Rate of fire
600 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Foldable
Length
615 mm stock extended
410 mm stock folded
Weight
3.0 kg empty
3.6 kg with 30 round magazine
Sights
Type
Iron sights, flip up rear sight, 100 and 200 m gradations

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