Elbonian M52/57/61 Paratrooper Carbine

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In 1960, Elbonia set out an RFP for a new carbine for a fledgling paratroop brigade. They wanted a rifle to provide a higher volume of firepower for these troops, rather like the intention of the FG42 in German WW2 service. What they got was actually based on surplus Czech vz52 rifles, adapted to use AK mags and drums, chambered for 7.62x39mm, and fitted with a flashy-looking ventilated barrel shroud.
The true story behind this rifle is still a bit of a mystery to me. As I said in the video, I have seen 5 or 6 of these in the US, some in person and some in photos. They do not appear to be a legitimate military or police configuration, and I have been able to find nothing to substantiate the rumor that the were used by Czech police. I suspect they were a fun project by someone her win the US in the wake of the early importation of vz.52 rifles. Since the 7.62x45mm ammunition those rifles used was effectively unavailable, rechambering them for 7.62x39 was a popular idea. I have not found any indication of who actually did these, though. Note that they lack import marks because those were marked under the muzzle of the vz.52s, and that part of the barrel was removed.
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    VMEMotor5VMEMotor5Päivä sitten
  • It looks like a dollar store PPSh-41

    Aidan StevensAidan Stevens2 päivää sitten
  • Da wat is elbonia?? Is a fictional country? Is so what franchise it came from?

    Enzo PastranaEnzo Pastrana3 päivää sitten
  • I know this is ancient in internet time, but being the most filthy of casuals when it comes to guns, I do have a question. How dangerous are these Elbonian, well, prototypes to the user? I know that in this case it's safe enough that Ian will fire it, but for others?

    Lead PaintchipsLead Paintchips7 päivää sitten
  • 7.62 ppsh

    Keenan ZibertKeenan Zibert7 päivää sitten
  • I know for a fact that all parachutes in Elbonia had huge holes in them! Hence, the paratrooper program never really left the ground after their first jump!

    Steven CSteven C9 päivää sitten
  • Where in Elbonia is Elbonia?!

    Steven CSteven C9 päivää sitten
  • i want one

    Petrenko KalashnikovPetrenko Kalashnikov9 päivää sitten
  • Had to google it. Never heard of Elbonia before. They could have used Soviet weapons

    Reginald YongReginald Yong11 päivää sitten
  • In the norwegian version of Dilbert, Elbonia is called Albanania.

    WelfareBeastWelfareBeast13 päivää sitten
  • Where the hell is elbonia

    Steven GENNERO BootzSteven GENNERO Bootz13 päivää sitten
    • It's not a real place

      Mike.LitorisMike.Litoris3 päivää sitten
  • The elbonian 7.62x39 is actually a bottlenecked .22 caliber round as the primer and the actual bullet is a 1 pound shell

    Muffin ManMuffin Man13 päivää sitten
  • I love the "Elbonian" concept for showing us the, hmmm, not so good weapons. Whoever it was that came up with the idea should get a medal. And you too, Ian, should get a medal for adopting the concept. Very smart and very well done. Thank you.

    John HolmsJohn Holms17 päivää sitten
  • This shit is just a PPSh that went big mode

    The InstituteThe Institute17 päivää sitten
  • i see 1987-11 carved on the right side of the elbonian carbine

    Sohrab RoozbahaniSohrab Roozbahani18 päivää sitten
  • Elbonia you say

    flip a dipflip a dip18 päivää sitten
  • Does Elbonia have any Covid-19 cases?

    Me FirstMe First20 päivää sitten
  • Which country is he trying to avoid saying?

    tardist40tardist4022 päivää sitten
    • He's not. Look it up

      Mike.LitorisMike.Litoris3 päivää sitten
  • Fun fact: The Wicked Witch of the West's Winkie Guards were, in fact, Elbonian Soldiers

    Joseph BloughJoseph Blough23 päivää sitten
  • Ian should really tag these videos as "Satire" for the benefit of poor benighted idiots like myself...

    lexington50lexington5023 päivää sitten
  • Ian, I've noticed that you never wrap your thumb around a rifle stock, instead laying it along the side. Why is that?

    uzi75020uzi7502023 päivää sitten
  • Im going to sound really stupid but Elbonia is not a real place is it?

    Austin WhiteAustin White25 päivää sitten
  • I really like the effort put in the front post. Its curved to account for the curved barrels. The oval holes in the shroud are actually a improvement because the Elbonians fount that the oval shape worked better to keep out sand and dirt. Elbonians where way ahead in terms of gun geometery.

    Niek BeentjesNiek Beentjes25 päivää sitten
  • Ian what kind of crazy hat do you have on?

    Ranger UpRanger Up25 päivää sitten
  • Looks like a PPSh on roids lmao

    JimmyMorrison101JimmyMorrison10126 päivää sitten
  • Hey Ian, Is there ever a chance we'll get to see one of these fire in your hands one day?

    Flailing ElbowsFlailing Elbows26 päivää sitten
  • What the fck is Elbonia. Sounds like a stop the magic schoolbus would make.

    RoadLessTraveledRoadLessTraveled26 päivää sitten
  • With today's technology, a little refinement here and there it could be a pretty cool gun. Love the Commi kkk hat.

    ETHRON1ETHRON127 päivää sitten
  • Oo yes a lot of fun these videos, now to create the State of Elbonia - motto "You need elbow power to stump Elbonia, but we got there first"! How much is a few dozen of these rifles?.. (/^v^)/!

    Finlay JohnsonFinlay Johnson27 päivää sitten
  • So thay got Al boned nice

    ljt47 exploringljt47 exploring27 päivää sitten
  • I have never heard of Elbonia. So, I googled it. Now I am more confused than I was before the search. WTF!

    Irfan KhanIrfan Khan28 päivää sitten
  • Hail Dogbert

    Bungo ZabungiBungo Zabungi28 päivää sitten
  • It also seems that the Elbonian military prefers canted front sights, but standard aligned rear sights.

    TwistedSyncTwistedSync28 päivää sitten
  • Very good Steve, that heat shield will be useful under heavy ponzi fire.

    Fred FlintstoneFred Flintstone29 päivää sitten
  • Is Snoopy the arm's dealer?! He surely has a massive surplus. He's been fundamental character in every American war!

    Anthony's Malawi PredatorsAnthony's Malawi PredatorsUukausi sitten
  • Is this real ?

    John EricsonJohn EricsonUukausi sitten
  • To be fair to the Elbonians, they didn't envisage dirt being an issue as there would be used by troops coming in from the air- a famously mud-free environment 99% of the time.

    ReddsoldierReddsoldierUukausi sitten
  • It seems like americans assume the whole world knows dilbert and everyone is a computer geek. The rest of the world looks up "Elbonia" and feels rickrolled.

    SharkoonBlnSharkoonBlnUukausi sitten
  • Just how the Elbonians like it!

    Bill BoppertonBill BoppertonUukausi sitten
  • This reminds me of History Channel hosting the series Ancient Aliens.

    Tae KimTae KimUukausi sitten
  • I am issued this rifle on 1970, with Elbonian Nambu pistol of Airport Brigade. Mag inserts from top, like Bren. You make no good with your way.

    Char00 1977Char00 1977Uukausi sitten
  • Me. "Elbonia must be in Africa". You. "Laughing". I've been had!

    dandexinventordandexinventorUukausi sitten
  • Wait so elbonia is from dilbert. i get that. But is albania not allowed to be said on yt? Or am i just dumb?

    noobpro 97noobpro 97Uukausi sitten
  • I guess that Ian is in a quite different time zone. Here in Europe it isn't even close to April 1st! But nice presentation nevertheless.

    JB KoyenJB KoyenUukausi sitten
  • Elbonia forever!

    Steve SmileySteve SmileyUukausi sitten
  • Ian, once you get all the Elbonian guns showcased, you need to do a full shooting day, Hakim LMG included....

    Larry BurneLarry BurneUukausi sitten
  • If the Ppsh-41 was converted to a 7.62 rifle LMAO

    Larry BurneLarry BurneUukausi sitten
  • 13.30 In before I realised that elbonia doesn't exist, god I'm a pillock !

    A MaCA MaCUukausi sitten
  • What on Earth is Elbonia?

    wombitwombitUukausi sitten
  • Looks like PPsh

    DeepJoy PaulDeepJoy PaulUukausi sitten
  • I found it, I found it mirror.uncyc.org/wiki/Elbonia 😲

    Paul JacksonPaul JacksonUukausi sitten
  • Love the angular front site. Really Innovative design there!

    Nicholas CoxNicholas CoxUukausi sitten
  • i want that stupid hat

    Micah TurnerMicah TurnerUukausi sitten
  • And in keeping with confounding their enemies and rivals Elbonia uses Whitworth fasteners and tools . 😁

    Paul ShayterPaul ShayterUukausi sitten
  • I really think Scott Adams would approve of everything Ian is doing documenting Elbonian Military history.

    unherolikeunherolikeUukausi sitten
  • Is that thing throwing the brass out to the left?

    Matthew BaileyMatthew BaileyUukausi sitten
  • is this a homage to the comic Dilbert?! The military hat had me in stitches!

    Joan Miriam HicksJoan Miriam HicksUukausi sitten
  • It looks like a big PPSH41 :)

    Rex HilverstoneRex HilverstoneUukausi sitten
  • It took way too long before I realized that Elbonia isn't a real country. My God, Ian could read an article from The Onion and make it sound believable!

    Efficiency GamingEfficiency GamingUukausi sitten
  • Actually Ian, you’re a bit off. In 1953 Elbonia did buy 10 pre-WWI planes for a paratrooper core. 5 troops would sit atop the wings of the plane; and then jump off with large blankets for parachutes. I suspect this is why these guns were bought :)

    PandasticalPandasticalUukausi sitten
  • It looks like the Suomi and SKS had a baby

    WaltWaltUukausi sitten
  • Walla walla!

    ValentinValentinUukausi sitten
    • Best tasting onions in the world!

      John DoeJohn DoeUukausi sitten
  • I heard the Elbonians actually sent a peacekeeping mission to the conflict between Freedonia and Sylvania in the 1930's

    A. JoeA. JoeUukausi sitten
  • Bro literally so stuupid doesn't literally know how to say/spell Albania

    FightingBellator_7FightingBellator_7Uukausi sitten
  • All of us should make a concerted effort to convince future historians that Elbonia is real. Because that would be funny and it's not as if 2020 left us anything better to do.

    Omicron9999Omicron9999Uukausi sitten
  • If I hadn't read Dilbert I totally would have bought this lol

  • Elbonia? As in Dilbert??

    Patrick CTPatrick CTUukausi sitten
  • I've dealt with a handful of Elbonian custom motorcycles back in the day. There were some real crazy builds, they all mostly ran though.

    Uncle RöadkillUncle RöadkillUukausi sitten
  • Free Elbonia!!!

    HPD 155HPD 155Uukausi sitten
    • Where is Elbonia?

      RH RAFIDRH RAFIDUukausi sitten
  • Where is Elbonia?

    Matt ReedMatt ReedUukausi sitten
  • I thought that hat was a fancy dress prop. But, Russian Budenovka - Broad Cloth Helmet

    Anthony deFreitasAnthony deFreitasUukausi sitten
  • 😐

    Phil GonzalesPhil GonzalesUukausi sitten
  • Note to self: "The Republic of Elbonia is a fictional country from the comic strips Dilbert and Plop"

    hannisateurhannisateurUukausi sitten
  • Has anyone been able to find the Elbonian national anthem?

    UnusedUsername01UnusedUsername01Uukausi sitten
  • Using proper Elbonian paratrooper headgear while shooting - the sign of a dedicated user

    Michael BrinkhuesMichael BrinkhuesUukausi sitten
  • That hat needs to be in the merch shop.

    TelamonsterTelamonsterUukausi sitten
  • That does scream IRA to me. Total Irish conversion.

    papa12213papa12213Uukausi sitten
  • Is Scott Adams letting you do this, or does he not control the rights to Elbonia? I thought he made it up for Dilbert. Regardless, there should be some mud tests for these firearms.

    PIATPotatoPeonPIATPotatoPeonUukausi sitten
  • Should have saved this for April.

    TeamUSATeamUSAUukausi sitten
  • When I google search Elbonia all I get is Dilbert Cartoons?

    Santos Speed Shop Day Care & Assisted LivingSantos Speed Shop Day Care & Assisted LivingUukausi sitten
  • Gun Jesus is showing his age. And I'm showing my ignorance. I was so lost for a while. Is dilbert even in print anymore?

    Asdzx17Asdzx17Uukausi sitten
    • I don't buy newspapers anymore but I know it was still in print in the sunday comics section of my local paper here a few years back. I'd have to actually go out and get a paper to see if it still is.

      JDawg513JDawg513Uukausi sitten
  • That last disclaimer Ian, really interferes with the diplomatic inroads I've been cultivating in California, with my 4 star Elbonian Generals uniform.

    Serene GreeneSerene GreeneUukausi sitten
  • It's Czechoslovakia, not CzeKLOslovakia, come on. )

    AyeBraineAyeBraineUukausi sitten
  • AYM = aym - more proper in post WWII Czechoslovakian code meant: Povazske Strojarne, Nardony podnik, Povazska Bystrica in Slovakia. Strakonice is town in Bohemia where was affiliated plant Ceska Zbrojovka dont confuse those two, and Strakonice never produced vz. 52 nor 57. Strakonice code was - rid For those who might be interested.

    titanscerwtitanscerwUukausi sitten
  • Is it April already?

    thom jarmanthom jarmanUukausi sitten
  • Dude i congratulate you in doing these videos. As someone who loves history, guns are an important part of that that should be addressed more often. Also, you seem to actually know what you are talking about and (no offense since you ARE american) but you don't sound like all those gun crazies americans that seem to have an orgasm everytime they fire a gun. Good insightful content delivered in a sober knowledgeable way. Good work.

    tiagom0909 l0909tiagom0909 l0909Uukausi sitten
  • Well, April 1st came round slow this year

    tachikoma kusanagitachikoma kusanagiUukausi sitten
  • Can someone remind me why he gives credit to Elbonia for guns? TOS reasons?

    FiddleRiddle DiddleDiddleFiddleRiddle DiddleDiddleUukausi sitten
  • It looks like a giant PPSH. I like it just for the fact it looks cool

    P77777777P77777777Uukausi sitten
  • This is nothing but filthy western propaganda! The honourable, peace loving peoples of the Glorious Republic of Elbonia would never lower their Nation to such war mongering. Long live the People's Republic.

    Alpine AlpineAlpine AlpineUukausi sitten
  • Make a new video with another Elbonian gun

    Rahima AkterRahima AkterUukausi sitten
  • Why are you doing an April fools video in November?

    patrick millerpatrick millerUukausi sitten
  • If they had bought a Sig rifle, they could have taken advantage of the recall.

    Tex PatriotTex PatriotUukausi sitten
  • Took a bit of googling to discover the comedy in this.... Well done sir...

    John GaltmanJohn GaltmanUukausi sitten
  • Borat is the Kazakhstan ambassador to Elbonia

    MOJO 2112MOJO 2112Uukausi sitten
  • This was definately sold to Elbonia by a coked up Jared Leto

    Ciaran ArmstrongCiaran ArmstrongUukausi sitten
  • This weapon reminds me so much of the 97 Honda Civic drift car I built and drove in high school. "Looked good from a distance..." "It's got the speed holes"

    Milk_ape_is_milkyMilk_ape_is_milkyUukausi sitten
  • were is this actually from? I dont get why everyone says elbonia, i know it's from dilbert but why cant we say where this is from ?

    Matt TwinkletoesMatt TwinkletoesUukausi sitten
    • It's made by the famous American gunsmith (or blacksmith) called Bubba.

      Harry FordHarry FordUukausi sitten
  • I know this is a bit off-base for a comment in the likes of this channel... But dang, this gun in its present 'modified' configuration just SCREAMS to make an appearance in a Fallout game, somewhere in the wasteland.

    Sixes WildSixes WildUukausi sitten
  • The lore is getting real......

    Everett HancockEverett HancockUukausi sitten