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The ZH-29 is a Czechoslovak semi-automatic rifle designed in the late 1920s. The rifle is gas operated and uses a novel side-tilting bolt that would go on to influence locking systems on future weapons. This system necessitates that both the barrel and sights are offset to the left side of the receiver, giving it a unique asymmetric profile.
The ZH-29 was not adopted by the Czech Army and only saw limited export sales. The largest orders went to the Republic of China and Abyssinia, and it was also trialed in the United States and Britain, but rejected by both. Due to slow sales, the ZH-29 never entered mass-production. After Czechoslovakia was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1938, small numbers ZH-29s were issued to German troops. It is said to have inspired the design of the StG 44 assault rifle.
— In-game description
The ZH-29 is a weapon featured in Battlefield V. It first appeared in the closed beta playable at Gamescom 2018.
A ZH-29 with a scope can be found on supply crates during various War Stories. A camouflaged variant appears in Under No Flag.
The ZH-29 is a self-loading rifle available for the Recon and is unlocked at class rank 10. With 52 minimum damage, the ZH-29 is a dependable two body shot kill at any distance, but is limited by both the highest recoil and lowest rate of fire at 128 RPM in its category, which can hinder follow-up accuracy and performance in close quarters, respectively.
Most of its weaknesses can be addressed with specializations, which include Detachable Magazines, unique amongst Self-Loading Rifles, improving reload speed over all others in its class and giving the otherwise standard magazine size of five rounds a +1 capacity. Recoil Buffer and Bipod upgrades can both assist with heavy recoil, while Barrel Bedding can further increase medium range potency. Trigger Job, and its boosted rate of 138 RPM, still puts the rifle behind its contemporaries in terms of rate of fire, while also being one of the lowest percentage increases of rate of fire afforded by the weapon out of any in game.