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Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 30 Light Machine Gun (1922)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/22/2012

The Czech-produced ZB vz. 30 design led directly to the British Bren design of World War 2 fame.

The ZB vz. 30 was developed as early as the 1920's and standardized for use in the Czechoslovakian Army (replacing the non-standardized vz. 27 series). It bears a near-exact resemblance to the British-based Bren series for a reason as the Bren owes its direct existence to the fine Czech weapon. Originally designated as the M-24, the ZB vz. 30 came into its own when finalized production process details were ironed out of the original design.

Much like the British counterpart it highly represents, the vz. 30 system has a built in stock, folding bipod and identifiable carrying handle at about the middle of the design. The Czech design also incorporated a finned barrel assembly and an extended gas tube underneath the barrel. Ultimately, the system would be proven a further success under the Bren name and design, becoming one of the most famous machine guns ever made. Spain, Iran and China went on to produce the ZB vz. 30 system under respective licenses, offering the weapon multiple stages and users to cement its status in military history.

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Specifications for the
Ceska Zbrojovka vz. 30
Light Machine Gun


Country of Origin: Czechoslovakia
Manufacturer: Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka - Czechoslovakia
Initial Year of Service: 1922


Overall Length: 1160mm (45.67in)
Barrel Length: 675.00mm (26.57in)
Weight (Empty): 21.16lbs (9.60kg)


Caliber: 7.92x57mm
Action: Gas Operated; Selective Fire
Feed: 30-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Rate-of-Fire: 625 rounds per minute
Sights: Leaf Rear; Front Post


Variants:
vz.30 - Chambered for 7.92mm cartridge; 1180mm length; 20-round magazine.


vz.30J - Chambered for 7.92mm cartridge; 1204 length; 20-round magazine.

MG 30(t) - German Wehrmacht Designation


Operators:
China; Czechoslovakia; Iran; Nazi Germany; Spain