SA Vz.58 assault rifle

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The SA vz. 58 ( Samopal vzor 58 - Submachinegun No. 58 ) is a Czechoslovakian assault rifle designed in the 1950's. Although externally somewhat similar to the AK-47 series of rifles, it is actually a much different weapon, with the internals being closer to those of the German STG 44 (with some differences). Despite firing the same cartridge (7.62x39mm) as the AK-47 variants, no vz. 58 part, including the magazine, is interchangeable with those of the AK-47. Though the term SA (which is short for Samopal, which means "submachine gun") is part of this firearm's official name, it is not a submachine gun as most firearms historians use the term. The term SA was used for all subsequent select fire weapons that Czechoslovakia built and adopted after their last indigenous design, the vz. 52 semi-automatic rifle.

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The SA vz. 58 can be seen in the following films, television series, and video games us by the following actors:

SA vz. 58P

Czech SA vz. 58P (Pěchotní aka "Infantry") with fixed stock - 7.62x39mm

Specifications

(1959–1984)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.62×39mm M43
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
  • Length: 33.3 in (84.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 15.4 in (39 cm)
  • Feed System: 30-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Octopussy Soviet soldier 1983
Full Metal Jacket Ngoc Le Việt Cộng sniper 1987
Sniper Ochoa guards 1993
The Peacemaker Russian soldiers 1997
Commander Hamilton Russian troops 1998
Commander Hamilton henchmen 1998
Behind Enemy Lines Serbian soldiers 2001
Old Men in New Cars Ratco's gangster 2002
Bad Company Terrorist 2002
Lord of War Seen in Russian weapons depot 2005
Stealth Tajikistan terrorists 2005
Balibo Indonesian soldiers 2009

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
CSI: Miami "Man Down" 2002 - 2012
The Vermin (Škodná) Czech SWAT "Snow Day", w/ magazines removed 2006
The Devil's Ruse (Dáblova lest) Czech SWAT 2008
Missing Nick Eversman Michael Winstone "The Three Bears" (S01E05) 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Operation Flashpoint Ak 47 CZ 2001
Ghost Recon: Island Thunder vz.58 2003
ArmA II SA Vz.58 2009

SA vz. 58V

Czech SA vz.58V (Výsadkový aka "Airborne") with folding stock - 7.62x39mm

Specifications

(1959–1984)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.62×39mm M43
  • Weight: 6.4 lbs (2.9 kg)
  • Length: 33.3 in (84.5 cm) (stock extended), 25 in (63.6 cm) (stock folded)
  • Barrel length: 15.4 in (39 cm)
  • Feed System: 30-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
For Your Eyes Only Guard 1981
Octopussy Soviet soldier 1983
Kamal Khan's guard
Roger Moore James Bond
A View To A Kill Helicopter soldier 1985
In China They Eat Dogs Kim Bodnia Harald Blixen 1999
In China They Eat Dogs Gangsters 1999
Commander Hamilton PLO troops 1998
Commander Hamilton Libyan troops 1998
Behind Enemy Lines Serbian soldiers 2001
Pterodactyl 2005
The Last King of Scotland Ugandan soldier 2006

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Strike Back: Project Dawn Phillip Winchester Sergeant Michael Stonebridge Standard and Tactical variants 2011
Strike Back: Project Dawn Sullivan Stapleton Sergeant Damien Scott Standard and Tactical variants 2011
Strike Back: Project Dawn Georgian Special Forces Tactical version 2011
The Unit Georgian rebels "Bait" 2006 - 2009
CSI: NY "Snow Day", w/ magazines removed 2004 - ????
Kriminálka Staré mesto II. Slovak SWAT 2013

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Operation Flashpoint 2001
Vietcong 2 2005
ArmA II Operation Arrowhead Desert camo paint, Red Dots or ACOG sights 2010


Czech Small Arms SA vz. 58 Carbine

CSA SA vz. 58 Carbine - 7.62x39mm

Specifications

(???? – Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Calibers: 7.62×39mm, 5.56x45mm
  • Weight: 6.5 lbs (3 kg)
  • Length: 29.7 in (75.5 cm) with stock extended, 21.5 in (54.5 cm) with stock folded
  • Barrel length: 11.8 in (30 cm)
  • Feed System: 30-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Devil's Ruse (Dáblova lest) Policeman Fitted with railed handguard, vertical grip and EOTech sight 2008
Missing Karel Dobrý "Coffee man" "Ice Queen" (S01S03) 2012
Missing Castle guards "A Busy Solitude" (S01E06) 2012


Czech Small Arms SA vz. 58 Compact

CSA SA vz. 58 Compact - 7.62x39mm
CSA SA vz. 58 Compact - 5.56x45mm

Specifications

(???? – Present)

  • Type: Assault Rifle
  • Calibers: 7.62×39mm, 5.56x45mm
  • Weight: 6.1 lbs (2.8 kg)
  • Length: 25.4 in (64.5 cm) with stock extended, 17.1 in (43.5 cm) with stock folded
  • Barrel length: 7.5 in (19 cm)
  • Feed System: 30-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Nikita - Season 2 GOGOL agents Fitted with sight rails 2011 - 2012
Strike Back: Project Dawn Philip Winchester Sergeant Michael Stonebridge with tactical attachments 2011


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