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Al Quds M72
Al Quds
Country of origin

Iraq

Manufacturer(s)

Iraqi State Armories

Production began

1970s

Production ended

1990s

Weapon type

Light machine gun

Caliber

7.62x39mm

Action

Gas-operated

Overall length

1037mm/40.8in

Barrel length

520mm/20.47in

Weight

7.4kg/16.3lb

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30, 40 or 75 rounds

Used by

Iraqi Armed Forces

The Al Quds (Arabic: القدس‎) is an Iraqi light machine gun.

HistoryEdit

The Al Quds was a licensed copy of the Serbian Zastava M72, which itself was a copy of the RPK. Production began during the late 1970s and the weapon was issued to the Iraqi Army as their standard light support weapon. It was used during the Iran-Iraq War and the First Gulf War. Production ceased in the 1990s, although surviving examples still see limited use by Iraqi security forces.

DesignEdit

The Al Quds is a basic gas-operated machine gun based on the Kalashnikov action. The barrel is partially finned. The Al Quds is identifiable by a slightly glossy finish.