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Guns 1980 - 1989

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/31/2014

The decade was riddled with bloody upheaval across the globe - the Falklands War, the Soviet War in Afghanistan and the Iran-Iraq War to name a few.

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There are a total of 108 Firearms from 1980 to 1989 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1981
2B11 Sani (Sleigh)
The 120mm 2B11 "Sani" ("Sleigh") was adopted by the Soviet Army in 1981 as a replacement to the storied, World War 2-era 120m...
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1983
AC58 (Anti-Char, 58mm)
The rifle grenade was a unique development in the realm of both firearms and hand grenades that dramatically increased the en...
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1982
Accuracy International L96
The L96A1 is an Accuracy International-produced sniper rifle and currently the sniper rifle of choice for the British Army. T...
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1986
Ares Defense FMG (Folding Machine Gun)
The Ares Defense FMG ("Folding Machine Gun") was a novel attempt by a gun manufacturer to create a completely different sort ...
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1984
Arges Type HG 84 (Hand Grenade)
The Arges Type HG 84 series anti-personnel fragmentation hand grenade is Austrian in nature. It is a conventional hand grenad...
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1983
Armsel Striker
The Amsel Stiker was a two-handed, semi-automatic repeating shotgun firing a variety of 12 gauge ammunition from a 12-round r...
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1987
AS Val (Avtomat Special'nyj)
The AS Val is a specialized automatic firearm of Soviet-era origin - essentially an assault rifle weapon system with a perman...
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1982
Barrett M82
Barrett Model 82, designated as the "M107" in US military service, was introduced in 1982 by the American Barrett Firearms Co...
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1982
Benelli CB-M2
During the 1980s, Italian firearms producer Benelli teamed with the Italian ammunition concern of Fiocchi Munizioni to produc...
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1985
Beretta AR70
The Beretta AR70 series serves as the standard-issue service rifle of the modern Italian Army. Design work on a new, NATO-com...
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1986
Beretta Model 93R
The Beretta Model 93R (or simply "93R") was produced by the Italian firm of Pietro Beretta SpA out of Gardone Val Trompia. Be...
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1983
Browning BDA (Browning Double-Action)
In the early 1980s, the United States military sought to replace its aging standard service pistols. The choice of the proven...
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1982
CETME Ameli (Ametralladora CETME Modelo Ameli )
Despite an appearance akin to the German war-time MG42 general purpose machine gun, the CETME Ameli light-support machine gun...
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1984
CIS / ST Kinetics SAR-80
The Armalite AR-15 assault rifle was already in circulation with the Singapore Armed Forces throughout the latter half of the...
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1988
CIS / ST Kinetics SR-88
Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS - now known as ST Kinetics) developed the SAR-80 Assault Rifle based on experience in ...
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1982
CIS / ST Kinetics Ultimax 100 / U100 / M100
The Ultimax 100 lightweight infantry support weapon was designed in 1977 by American firearms engineer Leroy James Sullivan (...
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1984
Colt Canada / Diemaco C7
The C7 assault rifle stemmed from the Canadian decision to go with the NATO 5.56mm cartridge as the standard ammunition of th...
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1988
Colt Canada / Diemaco C8
The Diemaco (now Colt Canada) C8 is the "assault carbine" form of the C7 - the C7 being the standard-issue assault rifle of t...
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1983
Colt M16A2
The M16A2 became the follow up design to the much-maligned M16 debuting with American forces from 1959 onwards (particularly ...
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1986
Colt MEU(SOC)
The MEU(SOC) represents the ultimate evolution of the M1911 Colt system which appeared in the early 1900's and developed into...
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1987
Daewoo K2
The Daewoo K2 series assault rifle is the standard assault rifle of the South Korean Army. The weapon shares some outward and...
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1985
Enfield L85 IW (Individual Weapon) (SA80)
After British participation in World War 2 (1939-1945) had ended, thought was given to modernizing Army infantry with a new s...
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1986
Enfield L86 LSW (Light Support Weapon)
The L86 LSW (Light Support Weapon) was developed concurrently with the L85 IW (Individual Weapon) of the British Army. Both s...
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1982
Fabrique Nationale FN Minimi
The Fabrique National FN Minimi has quickly evolved into the light-support gun of choice by several key nations including Bri...
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1984
Fabrique Nationale M249 SAW / LMG
When the United States Army moved to adopt a new light machine gun, it selected the excellent Belgian Fabrique Nationale FN M...
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1981
FARA 83 / FAA 81 (Fusil Automatico Republica Argentina)
For decades the Argentine Army (and many militaries around the world for that matter) utilized the excellent Belgian Fabrique...
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1981
General Dynamics / Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger
The FIM-92 Stinger is a portable, lightweight anti-aircraft defense system currently in service with the United States milita...
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1983
Glock 17
The Glock 17 has gone on to see extensive service in both military and police roles with a plethora of nations around the glo...
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1985
Glock 18
The Glock 18 (or Glock Model 18) was similar in many ways to the preceding Glock 17 production model though allotted new inte...
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1988
Glock 19
The Glock 19 is a smaller pistol (defined as "compact") based on the original Glock 17 with the new gun made easier to concea...
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1988
Glock 30
Based in many ways on the preceding Glock 29 design, the Glock 30 is another fine example of pistol handiwork from Gaston Glo...
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1986
Harris / McMillan M86
The McMillan M86 (now Harris) was designed with military and security forces in mind, allowing for the ability to reliably an...
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1987
Harris / McMillan M87
The M87 was a military-grade anti-material rifle designed to defeat hardened structures such as armored vehicles with accurac...
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1989
Harris / McMillan M89
The Harris M89 Sniper Rifle is billed as one of the most accurate, resilient and robust gun platforms in its class. Outwardly...
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1980
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1985
Heckler & Koch HK 33E
The HK33E series was a direct replacement of the earlier HK33 automatic rifles and is basiclaly the 5.56mm equivalent of the ...
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1983
Heckler & Koch HK CAWS
It seems that the U.S. military has long been attempting to convince itself of the need for a full-automatic combat shotgun f...
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1987
Heckler & Koch HK G11
The Heckler & Koch HK G11 assault rifle design was, in every way, a revolutionary firearm departing from several traditionall...
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1987
Heckler & Koch HK G41
The HK G41 was based on the pre-existing HK G33E system but fitted with a three-round burst capability to compliment the full...
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1983
Heckler & Koch HK MP5N
The HK MP5N is another variant of the highly successful HK MP5 series of submachine guns. The 'N' designation is reserved for...
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1983
Heckler & Koch HK69A1
A West German requirement initiated in the 1960s called for a single-shot, grenade launching weapon to be fitted under the ba...
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1985
HG 85 (Handgranate 85)
The HG 85 is a time fuse-detonated fragmentation grenade system packed with 155 grams of TNT. Each unit weighs in at 465 gram...
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1989
Howa Type 89
The Japanese Type 89 was developed by the Howa Machinery Company of Japan for the Japanese Defense Agency and first fielded i...
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1985
IMBEL MD-2
The MD-2 is part of a family of standard Brazilian assault rifles serving the modern Brazilian Army. The MD series, as a whol...
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1980
IMI B-300
The B-300 is an Israeli Military Industries product and is a man-portable anti-tank weapon system. It is designed to engage e...
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1983
IMI Galil Sniper (Galatz)
With the success of the IMI Galil within the Israeli Army and those of other participating foreign nations, it was only natur...
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1984
IMI M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) / SMAW-D
The M141 (SMAW-D) was developed for the United States Army to fill the role of "bunker buster", though the system itself has ...
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1984
IMI MAPATS (Man-Portable Anti-Tank System)
The MAPATS ("MAn-Portable Anti-Tank System") is an anti-armor solution produced by the Israeli concern of Israeli Military In...
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1980
IMI Mini-UZI
The Israeli Military Industries (IMI) Mini-UZI is a smaller, more compact form of the base UZI submachine gun. Its smaller fo...
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1983
Kalashnikov AKSU-74 (AKS-74U)
The AKSU-74 represents a submachine gun derivative of the AKS assault rifle, both operating with the 5.45mm Soviet cartridge....
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1985
KS-23
While displaying an appearance more akin to a shotgun, the Russians designate their KS-23 as a "Special Carbine" (KS = "Karab...
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1985
LAPA FA-03 (Fusil de Assalto Modele 03)
The LAPA FA-03 ("Fusil de Assalto Modelo 03") was a private venture by the Brazilian concern of Labpratorio de Pesquisa de Ar...
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1988
Lithgow F88 (Austeyr)
The F88 Austeyr is the Australian Army equivalent of the storied Austrian Steyr bullpup assault rifle (AUG A1) used the world...
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1989
Lithgow F89
The Australian F89 light support machine gun is a derivative of the successful Belgium FN Minimi system, which has since been...
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1980
LRAC 89-F1 (Lance-Roquettes AntiChar de 89mm modele F1)
The LRAC 89-F1 was developed for the French Army to replace the aging M20A1 Super Bazooka rocket launcher. The M20A1 was an i...
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1983
LUSA SMG (Lusitania)
The LUSA submachine gun line emerged during the early 1980s though never found widespread use with its compact, repeat-fire s...
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1987
M136 AT4 Light Anti-Armor Weapon
The M136 AT4 is billed as the United States Army's primary light anti-tank weapon system available to infantry squads and is ...
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1987
M252, 81mm Mortar
The smoothbore, muzzle-loading M252 medium weight mortar system offers up accurate long-range indirect fire support to Americ...
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1986
M60E3 LMG
The 1950s-era M60 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) proved a relatively effective infantry support weapon throughout the Vie...
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1987
M9 (Bayonet)
In 1984 the United States adopted a multipurpose knife, the M9 bayonet. The M9 was designed to be used in conjunction with th...
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1985
Magnum Research / IMI Desert Eagle
The Desert Eagle handgun is a large, powerful, gas-operated, semi-automatic handgun capable of firing the .50 AE (Action Expr...
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1981
MAS FAMAS
In 1981, the French Army gave up use of their MAS Modele 49 self-loading, semi-automatic service rifles in favor of a complet...
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1984
MAS FR F2
The FR F2 is the standard sniper rifle of the modern French Army and serves as a proven bolt-action operated system built upo...
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1984
Milkor BXP
Arms embargoes set against the nation of South Africa (due to Apartheid) led to the development of an indigenous weapons indu...
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1983
Milkor MGL Y2
The privately-owned firearms concern of Milkor Pty Ltd of South Africa has made a living on its line of excellent 40mm grenad...
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1985
NORINCO HJ-8 (Hongjian-8) (Red Arrow-8)
With design work initially begun during the early part of the 1970s, the arrival of the indigenous Chinese HJ-8 Anti-Tank Gui...
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1988
NORINCO QBU-88 (Type 88)
The QBU-88 (also known as the Type 88) represents a modern sniper rifle made available to the People's Liberation Army of Chi...
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1980
NORINCO Type 64 Silenced
For a time, Chinese forces were issued the crude but effective Type 64 silenced pistol. The weapon was developed around a bas...
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1982
OD/82 HE/SE
The OD/82 was adopted by the Italian Army in 1982 as its standard infantry fragmentation hand grenade. In practice, there pro...
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1987
Pancor Jackhammer
The Pancor Jackhammer was developed by American gunsmith John Andersen as an automatic repeat-fire shotgun. The design was pa...
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1987
Remington M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System)
The M24 SWS (Sniper Weapon System) is a principle sniper weapon of US Army. Developed for a US Army requirement replacing the...
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1982
Rifle R4
Long relying on foreign arms to stock its military inventory, the South African national army faced a dilemma of sorts when a...
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1980
Rock Island Arsenal M231 FPW (Firing Port Weapon)
The M231 FPW ("Firing Port Weapon") was a highly-modified, specialized variant of the Colt M16A1 assault rifle series. Also c...
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1981
Royal Ordnance ARWEN 37 (Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield)
The ARWEN 37 anti-riot weapon was designed in the late 1970s, ultimately reaching adoption and production in the early 1980s....
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1989
RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire)
Just before the end of the Soviet Empire in 1991, the Red Army adopted its newest anti-tank measure - the 105mm RPG-29 rocket...
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1980
Ruger AC-556
The Ruger AC-556 was a variant of the popular Ruger "Mini-14" series of semi-automatic carbine rifles introduced in 1973. The...
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1981
SA-16 (Gimlet) / 9K310 Igla-1
The 9K310 "Igla-1" (NATO: SA-16 "Gimlet") was designed, developed and produced alongside the improved, and technologically su...
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1983
SA-18 (Grouse) / 9K38 Igla
The SA-18 (NATO: "Grouse"), formally recognized by the Russian Army as 9K38 "Igla", is a modern man-portable, shoulder-fired ...
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1985
Saab Bofors AT4-CS Light Anti-Armor Weapon
The AT4-CS (Confined Space) system is a man-portable shoulder-launched disposable anti-tank missile system designed specifica...
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1985
SB 40 LAG
In 1984, design work on an indigenous 40mm automatic grenade launcher was begun in Spain by Empresa Nacional Santa Barbara as...
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1980
SIG SG 542 (Sturmgewehr Model 542)
The SG 542 was a fixed-stock battle rifle development in the SG 540 rifle series except chambered to fire the 7.62x51mm NATO ...
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1984
SIG-Sauer P226
The SIG-Sauer P226 was developed from the original P220 model specifically to compete in the US Army pistol trials of the ear...
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1988
SIG-Sauer P228 (M11)
The SIG P228 series is nothing more than a compact version of the well-liked and hugely successful P226 family. In its compac...
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1983
SIG-Sauer SSG 2000
The SIG-Sauer SSG 2000 was introduced in 1983 as a precision long-range sniper rifle for military, law enforcement and sporti...
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1986
Simonov AO-63
The Simonov AO-63 was a double-barreled assault rifle engineered in the Soviet Union during the mid-1980s. The design incorpo...
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1984
SITES Spectre M4
The Spectre M4 was a submachine gun of Italian origin and presented a highly compact automatic weapon system intended for use...
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1981
Smith & Wesson SW Model 686
In 1981, the fabled American firearms concern Smith & Wesson brought about their SW Model 868 six- or seven-shot revolver. Th...
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1984
SOCIMI Type 821-SMG
The SOCIMI Type 821-SMG was a rather nondescript, no-frills submachine gun of the 1980s developed to the popular lines of the...
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1984
Star Model Z84
Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. based its post-World War 2 submachine design on the German wartime MP40 which was marketed as...
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1987
Steyr ACR (Advanced Combat Rifle)
In the late 1980s, the United States Army undertook a program to identify a potential successor to the long-running Colt M16 ...
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1988
Steyr AUG Para
The success of the Austrian Steyr AUG assault rifle family naturally encouraged the weapon to span out into other gun classif...
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1984
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1984
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1981
Type 79 (SMG)
For several decades the Chinese enjoyed a close working relationship with the Soviet Union. Perks of this relationship includ...
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1984
Type 79 Jyu-MAT
As tank armor protection of the Cold War continually evolved, so too did its counters in the form of anti-tank missile launch...
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1985
Type 85 SMG
The Chinese Type 85 submachine gun appeared in two forms in the 1980s as a budget-conscious replacement for the Type 79 subma...
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1989
Type 87 Chu-MAT
The modern Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) relies on the Type 64 MAT, the Type 79 Jyu-MAT and Type 87 Chu-MAT Anti-Ta...
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1986
Vektor SS-77
The Vektor SS-77 is the standard General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) of the South African Army. For decades, South Africa rel...
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1989
Vektor Z-88
The Vektor Z-88 was developed to fulfill a requirement by the South African Defense Force for a new standardized sidearm and ...
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1987
VSS Vintorez
The VSS "Vintorez" is a silenced sniper rifle that makes use of a permanent silencer assembly as well as specially-developed ...
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1982
Walther WA2000
Following the 1972 Munich Olympic games which ended in the deaths of eleven Israeli participants and a German police officer ...
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1987
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1980
Zastava M80
Zastava Arms was established in 1853 and has since made a name for itself as a capable small arms provider supplying to dozen...
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1984
Zastava M84
In 1984, there emerged a new, locally-designed and produced Yugoslavian General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) as the Zastava Arm...
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1987
Zastava M88
The Zastava M88 owes its legacy to the Tokarev semi-automatic pistol series of Soviet Russia debuting in the 1930s. While tha...
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