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Old April 9th, 2017, 06:39 AM   #16
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Old April 9th, 2017, 06:54 AM   #17
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This is from a book I have called "Assault Rifles of the World" available from Amazon on Kindle.

Lt. Piznak related an interesting anecdotal story about this feature to CW5 John M. Miller, USA (ret.), which occurred when Piznak returned to the U.S. with the rifle (ZK-420S), and telephoned John C. Garand to inform him of it. When Garand asked Piznak what the Czechs had done about the “dog leg” bend in the operating rod, Piznak told him they “put a knee joint in it,” to which Garand replied, “Well, I’ll be damned!”

It looks like the M1A/M14 is not the ultimate version of the M11 Garand, the ZK-420S is.

This too from "Assault Rifles of the World".

the ZK 420’ s bolt group group amounts to a highly refined variation of that later used in the Soviet AK-47 rifle, or more correctly, the AK-47’ s bolt group is a simplified variant of the bolt in the ZK 420-S.

I'm pretty well convinced that a ZK-420S sized to the 7.62x51 would be the finest full power battle rifle ever made.

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Old April 9th, 2017, 07:20 AM   #18
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I like how the bolt comes out and goes back in without needing to be lubricated with profanity.

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Old April 9th, 2017, 08:14 AM   #19
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Anything that impressed John C. Garand should have been adopted immediately.

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Old April 11th, 2017, 10:31 PM   #20
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Anything that impressed John C. Garand should have been adopted immediately.
I agree...the patents are up on this...since the Military is sniffing around the 7.62x51 again. Perhaps Springfield should upgrade and enhance the M1A to M1A/420-S specification.

That would be something, wouldn't it? Springfield (or someone that builds M1AM14's) redesigns it into the ZK-420 S and then the US military adopts it. Can you say "Jackpot!".

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Old April 13th, 2017, 05:01 AM   #21
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We need to start a letter campaign to have a version this rifle put into production. even better, let's buy Springfield Arms, straighten them out and put a version of the ZK-420 S into production...piece of cake. After that, we'll fix the Middle East.

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Old April 13th, 2017, 11:19 AM   #22
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This would be an incredible rifle to be able to own. It's nothing but a pipe dream though. :(

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Old April 13th, 2017, 01:54 PM   #23
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Someone thought enough of this rifle to buy it yesterday at the James D. Julia auction in Maine for $13,000. Looking through the list of sold guns it turns out that was just peanuts....it's interesting when you see guns going for over a 100 grand!


The ZK-420S does deserve to be reborn...

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