ZK 466 submachine gun


The ZK 466 submachine gun was one of a number of post-war designs produced by the Zbrojovka Brno plant in Czechoslovakia, and was first introduced in 1948. The design was by the Kouck√Ĺ brothers. This SMG was of a basic stamped-steel construction with a retracting wire stock and perforated barrel housing. It used a rectangular receiver and employed a hinged magazine housing that folded parallel with the barrel for compact carry. A basic two-slot muzzle compensator was fitted to the barrel. The gun operated on a basic straight-blowback action firing from an open bolt, but interestingly the cocking handle ran across the top of the receiver in a similar fashion to the Uzi. The ZK 466 was marketed for commercial export, but most NATO member states were unwilling to buy from the Soviet bloc, and most Soviet-affiliated countries were plentifully supplied with Russian weapons, leaving little market for this gun. Other than brief trials in Argentina, there was no interest in the ZK 466 and it was quickly discontinued after only 23 prototype models were produced. Some of these prototypes were used as props in Czech-produced films in the 1970s.

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