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ZH-29 with 5-round magazine - 7.92×57mm Mauser
ZH-29 with 10-round magazine - 7.92×57mm Mauser
ZH-29 with 20-round magazine - 7.92×57mm Mauser

The ZH-29 was a semi-automatic battle rifle of Czechoslovakian origin, one of the first successful guns of its kind. It was designed by Emmanuel Holek in the late 1920s and manufactured by Ceska Zbroevka in Brno ("ZH" means "Zbroevka Holek"), mainly on request of the Chinese military. An unknown number of ZH-29s were produced from 1929-1938. Besides China, the ZH-29 and its slightly improved version, the ZH-32, were used in small numbers by some states, notably Ethiopia (where it was issued to the Imperial Guard), Turkey, Romania, Greece, and Lithuania. A version chambered in .276 Pedersen was tested in the USA but lost the trials to the Pedersen and Garand rifles. The Japanese army also received a small number, and a limited number of copies chambered in 6.5x50S were subsequently produced, but these rifles were not adopted into service.

There was by some data also an experimental full-auto version of the ZH-29, trialed in late 1939 by the British Expeditionary Force in France, although it was not accepted for regular use.

ZH-29 magazines are interchangeable with the 20 round ZB26 magazine.

Contrary to rumors, there is no data on official testing of the ZH-29 in the USSR. Instead, another rifle of Zbrojovka Brno, the ZK-381 by Koucký (best known for their ZK-383), which was considered more reliable, was tested (which received favorable reviews, and a Soviet version was created, but the annexation of Czechoslovakia prevented further cooperation).


(1929 - 1939)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Caliber: 7.92×57mm Mauser
  • Length: 45.3 in (115 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 21.5 in (54.5 cm)
  • Weight: 9.9 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Feed System: 5, 10 or 20-round box magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto, Full-Auto (experimental version)

The ZH-29 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notes Release Date
Sniper Elite 4 "ZH-29 Rifle" Introduced in "Cold Warfare Winter Expansion" DLC 2017
Strange Brigade "Audley Burst Rifle" with a 15 round magazine 2018
Battlefield V "ZH-29" 2018
Enlisted 2021

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