Crna Strela M93

M-93 Black Arrow rifle, right side; front sight folded.
M-93 Black Arrow rifle, right side; front sight folded.


 Same rifle, left side; front sight raised.
 Same rifle, left side; front sight raised.

images courtesy of Mitchell Mausers website


Caliber: .50BMG (12.7x99mm); also available in 12.7x108mm
Operation: manual bolt action, rotating bolt
Barrel: 1000 mm
Weight: 16 kg
Length: 1670 mm
Feed Mechanism: 5 rounds detachable box magazine


The M-93 Crna Strela ("Black Arrow") .50 caliber sniper rifle had been developed by the Zastava Arms factory in Kragujevc during 1990s. Since late 1990s it is used by Yugoslavian armed forces. It is also exported in various countries, including the USA.

The M-93 is a bolt action rifle, with action strongly resembling the famous Mauser rifle, stretched out accordingly for much bigger cartridge. The receiver features a scope rail and a back-up rear open sight; the folding front sight is mounted on the barrel. heavy free-floated fluted barrel is fitted with large and effective muzzle brake, which decreases the felt recoil down to acceptable level. Rifle is fitted with buttstock, which is adjustable for length of pull, and with the integral folding bipods at the front of the receiver. The folding carrying handle is mounted above the bipods. Standard scope is 8X32 fixed power. M-93 feeds ammunition from 5-round detachable box magazines. The safety is located within the trigger guard, behind the trigger, an blocks trigger when engaged.