Aviation & Aerospace Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Small Arms Warships & Submarines Military Ranks U.S. Military Pay Special Forces DoD Dictionary (Alpha-to-Zulu) Military Alphabet Code

Star Model Z84

Submachine Gun (SMG)

Spain | 1984

"With a configuration akin to the famous Israeli UZI, the Spanish Star Model Z-84 was an equally reliable and useful submachine gun - though finding few takers."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/24/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
Star Bonifacio Echeverria, S.A. based its post-World War 2 submachine design on the German wartime MP40 which was marketed as the Star Z-45. This was followed by an evolution of the line that included the modernized Z-70 used by Spanish military elements. By 1984, it was determined to produce a new submachine gun based on an all-new lightweight, compact design which became the Star Z-84. The Z-84 showcased an Israeli UZI-esque appearance and proved itself reliable even after being submerged. However, the American civilian firearms market was closed off to Star following the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban which heavily curtailed possible sales in the US. Though the weapon was trialled by a several nations in the interim, it was never adopted. The Star concern then went defunct in 1997 after a 92-year run of firearms development and production.

The Z-84 was chambered for the widely-accepted 9x19mm Parabellum German pistol cartridge and fired through a blowback system of operation utilizing an open bolt design. Rate-of-fire was 600 rounds-per-minute with feeding from a 25- or 30-round straight, detachable box magazine. As in the Israeli UZI - a configuration copied globally - the Z-84's magazine was inserted into the base of the pistol grip. The action allowed only for full-automatic fire which meant that the operator had to take special care not to clear the magazine too quickly. The grip sat at the centerpoint of the design which, when loaded with a magazine, led to a well-balanced, inherently accurate weapon. The trigger loop was purposely large for use by a gloved hand and protected sight assemblies were fixed at the front and rear surfaces of the receiver in the usual way. A short barrel was largely concealed by the receiver. An optional twin-strut folding stock was available which, when extended, gave the weapon a running length of 24 inches. Length was reduced to 16 inches when the stock was folded over the receiver by way of a hinged. Weight was a handy 7lbs while overall construction incorporated stamped steel and specialized castings.

Content ©MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Star Model Z84. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
The physical qualities of the Star Model Z84. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
410 mm
16.14 in
O/A Length
6.61 lb
3.00 kg
Blowback; Open Bolt; Full-Automatic
9x19mm Parabellum
25- or 30-round detachable box magazine
Iron Front and Rear.
Notable series variants as part of the Star Model Z84 Submachine Gun (SMG) family line.
Model Z84 - Base Series Designation
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Star Model Z84. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Star Bonifacio Echeverria SA - Spain
National flag of Spain

[ Spain ]
Going Further...
The Star Model Z84 Submachine Gun (SMG) appears in the following collections:
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Scale Military Ranks U.S. DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols US 5-Star Generals WW2 Weapons by Country

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Part of a network of sites that includes Global Firepower, WDMMA.org, WDMMW.org, and World War Next.

©2024 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2024 (21yrs)