April 9th, 2017, 06:54 AM
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: SW Ohio
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.