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Zbroyar Z-10

Sniper / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR) [ 2017 ]

The Zbroyar Z-10 is something of a localized Ukrainian take on the American Armalite AR-10 rifle system.

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The Zbroyar Z-10 is an all-modern Ukrainian-originated sniper rifle chambered for the ubiquitous full-powered 7.62x51mm NATO-standard rifle cartridge. The weapon is a local evolution of the proven American AR-10 and arranged by Ukrainian concern Zbroyar (established 2004). It is known to be in active use with the 79th Air Assault Brigade, a special forces detachment of the Ukrainian armed services. This unit, and the aforementioned weapon, have been sighted in the ongoing War in Donbass against Russia and its sponsored separatists.

The form and function of this rifle largely mimics that of the modernized Armalite AR-10 including the upper and lower receiver sections. Other components are brought together from other suppliers located abroad to make up this precision-minded battlefield solution. The result is a capable, long-ranged semi-automatic system used to fulfill the sniper and Designated Marksman (DM) role for specialist forces.

The gun has a fully-customizable shoulder stock and a long section of rail is seen over the receiver and handguard components providing mounting points for various optics installations (including night and thermal sighting devices). A hinged, folding bipod can be added under the guard for support when prone or behind a wall. The pistol grip is canted rearwards in the M-16 style and the magazine feed is directly ahead of the trigger group accepting curved detachable box magazines. The trigger sports an oversized ring to allow a gloved hand to be used. The ejection port is set to the right of the frame in the usual way and feeding is by way of a 10- or 20-round box. The muzzle brake is slotted and protrudes a distance ahead of the handguard - a suppressor can be added for clandestine operations.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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Sniper / Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Accuracy / Precision
Long-range accuracy / precision capable; suitable for sniping, particularly when equipped with sighting aids.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
Special Purpose
Special purpose weapon for a specially defined battlefield role.

Inherent ability to provide suppression capabilities against target / target area.
Internal action allows release of single round per trigger pull, actuating a semi-automatic loading mechanism for successive shots.
An automatic, or pseudo-automatic, function is built into the system, allowing for repeat firing to be achieved.
Supports mounting of optics (scopes) to aid in accuracy for ranged fire.
Aiming can be aided by use of a bipod support assembly, either as an integral part of design or option.
Design allows for user adjustability of certain components for customization.
Design offers mounting points for external, after-market hardware including laser aimers, flashlights, scopes, and grips.


Semi-Automatic; Gas-Operated

One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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7.62x51mm NATO

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 7.62x51mm / .308 Winchester rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed

10- or 20-round detachable box magazine.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Z-10 - Base Series Name.

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