balkan guns

Guards Brigade “Panthers”

Formed in March 27th 1992 in Bijeljina, during the Balkan Wars, this Serbian brigade was notable in its usage of a myriad of improvised armored vehicles.  The visual identity of the Panther brigade was marked by its columns of improvised armored vehicles, with extreme angled armor and a variety of scavenged weapons, from cannons to rockets to AA guns.

Above: A Fabrika automobila Priboj 13, a military transport truck for the Yugoslav army owned by the Panther Brigade. It has been retrofitted with angled armor and a M48 cannon in the rear.

Above: A TAM 110 general purpose off-road truck made for the Yugoslav army and employed by the Panther Brigade. This version has also been fitted with angled armor and has been converted into a MLRS by attaching two unguided helicopter rocket-pods to the top.

Above: UAZ-469 stripped of its original body work and equipped with the Panther Brigade’s ubiquitous angled armor. Four 12.7mm MGs have been mounted in the cargo bed.

Above: Another UAZ-469, this one mounting a single KPVT 14.5 mm MG.

Above: Two different TAM 5000 high-speed trucks given the Panther Brigade makeover. The top TAM 5000 is armed with triple 20mm cannons from eother a Zastava M55 emplaced AA gun or a BOV-3 SPAAG. The bottom one has a M1939 37mm AA gun from WWII.

A friend asked for a size comparison between my general purpose carbines.

The rifles included herein are a Colt AR15 (1980s vintage), a Bulgarian AKS74 and a Serb Zastava NPAP-DF. As a control for this experiment I am including a standard 18″ police shotgun. Below you will find each rifle (and the shotgun) collapsed or folded to its smallest form.

Below this you will find the same rifles, extended.

Although the Zastava is barely longer than the AR15, I doubt the fraction-of-an-inch difference would impact performance notably.

And these are the same rifles, extended, and in order from Longest to shortest.

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Spanish pistol

Manufactured in Spain c.1560′s~17th century.
.72 caliber ball, single shot muzzle-loader, miquelet lock, brass and silver fittings.

The miquelet lock was a type of snaplock preceding the true/French flintlock mechanism, and pioneered the usage of the frizzen as a cover for the pan and therefor the priming blackpowder charge. It is easily identified by its external main spring as well as some other more discrete features, like a striated frizzen face. It was popular and in fact very prevalent in countries such as Spain, Portugal and the Ottoman Empire, as well as the Balkans.