Farewell Yugo 5.56 PAPs, we hardly knew ye

Yugoslavia’s (Serbia) Zastava has announced that they will no longer be making their series of AK pattern rifles and pistols (M85 PAP NP, M90 rifle) in 5.56/.223 Rem. Company officials say they have no timeline for future production of those items. There have been few complaints that I have heard about either as they seem rock solid with adapted magwell to accept AR-15 magazines and a number of SOTs use the M85 in particular for the basis of SBR builds so word on the street is they were just a limited run of niche guns.

These started to be imported in late 2013 and Century has about 1,500 left. After those are gone there apparently will be no more.

I picked up a M85NP AK PAP Pattern Pistol, Krinkov style, chambered for 5.56×45, a while back whose serial number range place it in the first 100 rifles built. After about 1,500 rounds I have had little to complain about.

Isn't she pretty?

Isn’t she pretty? For a Serbian girl anyway.

It has a 10.25 inch barrel (1:7 twist), hard nickel moly steel bolt and carrier, and 21.5 inch overall length. I really dig the standard hinged top receiver cover with krink pattern flip up white sights and removable muzzle brake (26×1.5 LH thread). With a sling attached and used properly, this NFA-compliant pistol will go 100 yards all day and makes a great Jeep gun.

And it seems now it is a good collectable and future curio. Plus as I mentioned they make great builds for SBRs.

So yeah, I’m pretty sure I am going to turn in a form on this bad boy. The only thing I don’t like is that it has a gritty trigger, but that’s what’s you get on a Serbian made AK (PAP) triggers. Maybe I will trade it out for a ALG Defense AK Trigger (AKT) to go along with my folder on the SBR build.

Stay tuned.

And ever since coming to the Keys I have had a thing for hibiscus. It's a sickness.

And ever since coming to the Keys I have had a thing for hibiscus. It’s a sickness.

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