Zastava ZPAP92 Review [Extended use AAR]
The Zastava PAP M92 is an odd beast—but the compact 7.62×39 is every bit an AK, a workhorse, and a lot of fun. What the M92 lacks in ergonomics it makes up for in its efficient design. While hardly small, the compact pistol build is the perfect starting place for an AK SBR build – learn more in this Zastava ZPAP92 Review.
NOTE: the Zastava M92 I have was a Century import. Now that Zastsava has US representation, they’re handling imports. Looks to be the same gun.
- Caliber 7.62×39
- Barrel length 10″ cold hammer forged chrome lined
- Sights Krinkov style rear, post front
- Overall length 19.3″
- Weight 6.6 lbs.
Zastava ZPAP92 Review: Some Background
First, let’s talk PAP/ZPAP vs. Krink. The Krinkov isn’t quite as well known as the bog-standard AKM, but the svelte little AK-74 variant remains on many of our wish lists. Hollywood loves the platform, and that doesn’t help tamp down the desire. But Krinks are hard to find, and expensive to feed, and require some paperwork.
The PAP scratched the itch for some of us.
Instead of the 5.45×39, the PAP runs on 7.62×39. There was a time, not long ago, that cheap imports made the M92 and other AKs exceptionally practical—you could train with them without taking out a loan.
And Century built these as pistols. If you want to go through the SBR process, these make solid rifles. If not, there are arm braces. Though the future legality of that remains in question.
As odd as it might seem, the Zastava PAP M92 continues to speak to many AK fans. It is an ideal platform for those who want to work with a base model and make serious upgrades.
1 7.62 x 39
There is plenty of ammo still available.
2 Compact size
The M92 makes a great truck gun.
3 Familiar functionality
The M92 PAP requires no learning curve for those who know AKs.
4 Pistol configuration
Allows the owner to set it up as they want (SBR, etc.).
The PAP takes common AK furniture and parts.
6 Bolt hold-open
An extra bonus for showing empty chambers.
Zastava ZPAP92 Review | PAP NM92 Variations:
Century no longer lists the M92, but the Draco is very similar; Zastava also imports the M85 PAP in 5.56.
Zastava ZPAP92 Review – Our Take
I’ve been running the PAP M92 for a while now. Let’s see how that went.
How does the M92 shoot? Like many guns with shorter barrels, this one tends to easy to move. The balance is ideal. It isn’t heavy, swings well, and makes transitioning between targets easy.
The bolt on the M92 moves like it’s on bearings. As such, it is easy to rack. The bolt isn’t going to lock back when the gun’s empty, but there is the bolt-hold notch on the safety lever in case you might want to keep it open for cooling, loading, or just visual indication that the gun is empty.
The iron sights on this are functional, but that’s about where the accolades end. The sight radius is shorter, so the PAP moves the rear sight back onto the dust cover.
That cover is hinged, which provides some stability to the design, but this is still a weak spot in the AK design, It makes me doubt the ability of this configuration ever to achieve impressive repeat accuracy with iron sights.
Optics will be a challenge, too. I opted for a railed gas block for forward-mounted optics, but still haven’t found the perfect option. Red dots are the logical choice for the PAP design. There are railed dust covers, too, that would allow for more traditional optics.
Magnification may be overkill, though. This has always felt like a gun designed for close quarters. It isn’t meant for long-range work.
There are books dedicated to the reliability of the AK. It may be the most reliable automatic ever built. It is, at least, the easiest to keep running in the field. And the PAP has not disappointed. The gun runs.
I’ve yet to find magazines that it doesn’t like. While it doesn’t have an extended mag well, it takes what you feed it. I’ve run steel mags, plastic mags—they all lock-in like they should and rock-out easily.
Because this isn’t a gun I shoot for gnat’s-ass accuracy, I’ve never bothered testing different grain weights and digging deep into which ammo performs best. Instead, I tend to privilege the price-per-round. This gun gets about the same gas mileage as a 68 Nova. Hit the gas pedal and drive it fast.
Still—if you are looking at an AK for home defense or for use as a truck gun, you need to know how to solve basic malfunctions. The PAP is reliable, but that doesn’t mean it’s flawless.
“This gun gets about the same gas mileage as a 68 Nova. Hit the gas pedal and drive it fast.”
The 7.62×39 isn’t a round typically associated with handguns. The Zastava M92 PAP is a pistol. As a handgun, it is heavy and less than practical. But with some basic additions, the ergonomics improve greatly.
I’ve tried shooting this two-handed, with no additional support, and it is complicated. Add a sling to it—one you can pull against as you push the gun forward—and the ergonomics settle in somewhat. There’s more predictable stability.
Add an arm brace to the PAP and it will be even more stable. With a folding stock and a brace, the PAP functions much more a full-sized rifle, but with all of the benefits of the reduced size.
That’s where this really shines.
ON THE RANGE
There are two things to note about how it shoots. The trigger isn’t the best. There’s a bit of take-up before the hammer drops and no clean break. This is a detriment to accuracy, of course, but hardly noticeable if you’re moving fast.
The second is that the front sight post is wide. For this review, I started at 100 yards with the irons, but the post covered almost 1/3 of a full sheet of posterboard I used as a target backer. I moved into 50 yards and shot the group there—standing—with the M92 braced.
This range trip, though, may mark the last time I punch paper with the gun. It is better on steel targets, and multiples at that.
PRICE OF ADMISSION
The Zastava M92 sold somewhere north of $500. At that price, in its original configuration, this was a solid buy. At just $500, you could afford to leave it alone—wood furniture and all—and slowly make the additions you want to achieve the functionality you really want.
In this case, I swapped out the forend for a Troy. The swap was easy enough—not as easy as it might be on an AR-15, but hardly complicated.
I added the Shockwave blade to the rear for obvious reasons. Utilizing a Storm Werkz side-folding stock adapter, the Shockwave folds easily and flat.
It makes this entire build both easy to store and easy to transport.
The grip on this one is a Magpul AK MOE. I’m not as fond of it as I I’d hoped—but I’m not one that really favors one grip style over another, so I’ve not bothered to swap it out.
The Ultimak railed gas tube is a big win for those wanting to put optics up top. I’ve run several on this and I’m still looking for the right option.
Zastava ZPAP92 Review: PAP M92 Pros and Cons
- Adaptable – The platform allows for easy customization
- Common caliber – 7.62×39 is still available en masse
- It’s an AK – It’s as reliable as…an AK.
- Iron-centric – Harder to accommodate optics
- Big boned – Still heavy even in the short configuration
- Inaccurate- Surgically precise it’s not.
Shooting is easy, but accuracy is harder to achieve with the irons.
It’s an AK. No issues experienced during many range sessions.
After the novelty wears off you’ll want a brace.
The PAP performs satisfactorily.
Even with the increased price of 7.62×39, this is worth it.
Reviewed by David Higginibotham
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Best Ammo for Your Firearm
The ammo I used most often when shooting the PAP M92 was 122 gr FMJ Arsenal by Global Ordnance and 122gr Wolf FMJ.
A couple of other options include:
123gr Wolf PolyPerformance
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124gr American Eagle
|Palmetto State Armory||$1.15|
Upgrades and Accessories
Below are a few suggestions for things you might find helpful (or enjoyable) when shooting your PAP M92.
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The classic Blue Force Gear AK47 sling from LAV.
You need a way to haul your mags. Haley Strategic is a source for very good stuff.
Keep something in mind when choosing your accessories, upgrades, and furniture: apart from the basic necessities (e.g. a sling, a light, and possibly an optic), you should always budget time, resources, and money for training. All the “Gucci kit” in the world won’t help if you cannot run the gun effectively.
Remember this iconic, meme-worth photo?
That sure looks like a Zastava ZPAP92 she’s hanging out the window with. Not accurate at all should she pull the trigger, but it makes for some funny social media posts.
How to Care for Your Firearm
Whether you’re new to the AK platform or you just want to brush up on your fundamentals, check out this video by our own Graham Baates about breaking the ZPAP92 down.
Important Links and Manuals
Need more info on this firearm? Don’t worry. There’s plenty out there. We recommend you get started with the following resources:
- Read the US Military’s official AK47 instruction manual.
- PAP M92 Manual
- ZPAP92 Manual
- Learn some Serbian AK history.
May 26, 2023
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