- Full steel rifle
- Standard AEG gearbox compatible with generally available parts
- Includes 3 magazines
- Limited airsoft production (only 200 pieces ever made for collectors)
- The gun may come with some minor surface rust haze due to the steel material. Keep it oiled.
- May require some minor hobbyist tuning
|Net Weight (kg)||5.45|
Special limited edition steel ZB26 by ROCK / VIVA ARMS - only 250 pieces were ever made and none will be made again. This version by ROCK / VIVA ARMS is the most realistic ZB26 on the market for collectors who want the rawness and realism of this famous rifle.
The real ZB26 is a gas operated, air-cooled, selectively fired, light machine gun. It has a finned, quick-detachable barrel and fires from an open bolt. The action of the gun is powered by a long-stroke gas piston, located below the barrel. The gas block is mounted at the muzzle end of the barreland also serves as the front sight base. The action is locked by tipping the rear of the bolt (breechblock) upwards, and into a locking recess in the receiver. The return spring is located in the butt of the weapon, and is connected to the bolt carrier / gas piston via a longrod; additionally, there is a short spring buffer located around the return spring at the juncture of the receiver and butt, which softens the impact of the bolt group at the end of its rearward stroke. The charging handle is located at the right side of receiver and does not reciprocate when the gun is fired.
Development of the ZB-26 began in 1923 after the Czechoslovak Brno arms factory was built. Designer V?clav Holek was charged by the Czechoslovak army with producing a new light machine gun. He was assisted by his brother Emmanuel, as well as two expatriate Poles: Marek and Podrabsky. Holek was a genius as a firearms designer; he quickly began work on a prototype and within a year the quartet had created an automatic light machine gun that was later known as the ZB. The Czechoslovak army quickly adopted the ZB as the vz. 26, and many other countries later adopted the ZB or similar designs.
This is the airsoft AEG version of ZB26, which was designed by VIVA ARMS, manufactured by ROCK and tuned by RedWolf. Some key parts were also manufactured in collaboration with G&P, making this gun a joint project between several quality manufacturers. The gun is made with real wood for the grips, a steel barrel & bipod, aluminum receiver. The quick-detach barrel comes off easily by pulling down on a lever, although there is no real need to do this in airsoft since you won't be melting your barrels down anytime soon! The surface finishing of the gun is also intentionally fabricated to replicate the real ZB26's rugged finishing.
The ZB26's fully adjustable sight is replicated faithfully here with it's unique offset design to get around the vertically mounted magazine.
The battery is fitted inside the rear stock of the gun, and can be powered by 7.2v or 11.1v Lipo, or more traditional NiMH batteries.
This ZB26 comes with 3 x 160 round magazines. Additional magazines are sold separately.
Once these are sold out, they'll be gone forever. ROCK has confirmed these are the last ones.
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Awesome build, lots of rust.
Just got mine in today. I still need to go through the internals but I figured I’ll end up upgrading it like most of my guns. Solid metal and the gun feels amazing. However, I’m a tad disappointed to get a gun of this price range that has countless rust spots on it. Multiple spots on the bipod, parts of the barrel, part of the barrel grip, the charging rod area. If you get it, with or without rust, I highly recommend going over all the externals and oiling it. Or if you’re up for it, repaint it.
A bit mixed.
The quality of this thing’s externals are amazing. Definitely happy I went with this over the AGM one. However, it’s possibly the first gun I have some slight regret towards. There are a few things I dislike, at least about the particular one I got... 1. Rust. This thing has rust everywhere. Thankfully it’s just surface rust but I still have to take it apart to clean it and lube it. I usually buy used, so this is something I do not expect for a brand-new gun. Basically every thing that’s made of steel has rust. Regardless, easy fix and I’m not about to try to exchange with the shipping cost and limited stock... Judging by the black spray paint that was all over the microswitch, I’m assuming they just sprayed over the metal and all the parts that got rubbed & worn are now rusting. 2. Messed up stock. So mine was ripped off and there’s a small crack. Okay... again, if I paid $300 for a used gun that needed work, I’d be quite happy. Thankfully I have things on hand to get this all set up. I am curious as to the choice of screw which has absolutely no bite. The other screw was a decent one, although it was still ripped out of the stock. Again, it’s fixable. 3. Space in the rear. The real one, and the pictures of this airsoft one, don’t really have a space between the receiver and the metal bracket for the stock. However, the holes for that bracket on mine are drilled in such a spot where I have a noticeable gap. This sadly does not have an easy fix. In theory, if I wanted, I could use a tap to drill in a new thread however many millimeters to the left so it actually sits flush. However, I’d also have to go up in size since the two threaded holes would be intersecting. I’m not too sure and I’m not willing to do that. These were limited edition.. I would imagine something like this should have been hard to miss during production/assembly. 4. The mags. So this has two issues. One, my mags didn’t fit. None rocked in at all and the sharp metal hop up chamber kept cutting into the mag’s tops. Turns out, a piece was broken off that rests against the rear and slightly rests against the mag. I would say it acts like a mini wedge when the mag is loaded. The mags worked perfectly fine when I saw it and took it out. I deceived to glue it back on to where it’s supposed to be and they’re loading now. If it breaks off again, I’ll probably just toss it. The other issue will be the mags themselves. They’re soooo close to M14 mags and I wish they found a way to use them. However, that lip in the front is needed. I still need to dig around more, but hopefully I can find more. 5. The rear sight. The adjustment wheel is awesome. The general layout of iron sights is nice, really. However, I dislike the horizontal play in mine. My rear sight sticks out to the left a bit, and so the line of sight you have eventually crosses where your BBs are flying. Obviously not as big of an issue as it would be with a real gun, but still. So many other parts are made with decent tolerances, it’d be nice if there wasn’t this much play between the metal bracket and the sight, or at least if it naturally rested to the right. I’d like to look into shimming this piece so it removes that extra play. 6. The grip. Holy cow the grip is beefy. Also kind of short. My pinky is hanging on for dear life when I’m gripping this thing. Thankfully, this is a small note, not even much of a complaint to be honest. I will say that it seems slightly thicker than the real one. Funny because if it is, it’s pointlessly thicker as the motor is in the receiver. 7. Performance. Now, I’m totally down to pay for externals, heck, I feel like I usually go for just that. However, at a certain price point, you kind of expect both. I have a handful of guns that show you can get to that $500-$1000 range and get amazing externals and pretty good internals. LCT, NPO, Inokatsu... All shot pretty good out of the box. Sure you can upgrade further, but you can be happy with what you have. This, however, is kind of a basic gun internally. Which, if I didn’t have all these other freaking issues, I probably wouldn’t care. But now I have a gun that’s rusted everywhere, has a messed up stock, whose stock plate doesn’t actually meet the receiver, AND it shoots like a $200 gun. Yet again this is thankfully an issue that I can fix. So, yay? I’ve seen a couple people online speak very, very highly of this. So I’m assuming I just drew the short straw. I bought the last one in stock (until they restocked it again). I’m glad I got it on sale, but I’m still left with feeling like I overpaid for the quality of gun I got. Most of the used guns I’ve purchased have all come to me in better shape. When they don’t, I was at least made aware of the condition, so I knew what I was getting. As a collector, I’m glad I have this. It truly is made well. It’s unique, it’s awesome looking, and it has some cool history to it. As a general consumer buying something online and as an actual airsofter, this is definitely not one of my happier purchases.