Introduction to the Zbroia Kozak

The Kozak is a side lever semi bullpup whereas the Kozak FC is a full bullpup. Both are regulated, available in .177 and .22 calibre and have a side lever action. The semi bullpup rifle also has a height adjustable cheek piece and is available in several different barrel length / air cylinder configurations: 330mm barrel with 200 cc air cylinder, 450mm barrel with 230 cc air cylinder and 550mm barrel with 290cc air cylinder. The Kozak is a great hunting rifle, the shorter version especially so in confined environments like a hide or vehicle. The regulated action means it is also at home on the range and shooting targets.

About Zbroia

Based in Kharkiv, Ukraine and formed in 2011, Zbroia makes a small range of pre-charged pneumatic air rifles as well as a couple of Flobert pistols that are not legal in the UK. In the UK, Zbroia rifles are distributed by Pellpax Ltd.  

You can view and purchase this rifle from Pellpax here.

Our full review of the Zbroia Kozak MK2

At just 715mm and three kilos unscoped in its shortest configuration, the Kozak is compact and light, making it ideal for hunting and pest control, especially around farm buildings and woodland. The butt pad has no adjustment and is finished with a tasteful red spacer. However, the cheekpiece can be adjusted for height by slackening a gold coloured screw in the butt.

The adjustment is slightly sprung, making fine adjustment easy to achieve. The ambidextrous stock is available in either a black or brown stain finish and although there is no chequering, grooves in the forend make the Kozak easy to hold. The side lever operates from the right side of the rifle and has a gold coloured drop down biathlon style handle. The action is not sprung but moves smoothly to cycle pellets through the 10 shot (.22) / 12 shot (.177) disc magazine, two of which are provided.

The gold trigger is two-stage and can be adjusted by taking the stock off. There is a clear stop before the second stage which lets off crisply. A small safety catch is located forward of the trigger; push it forward to make the rifle live and back to make it safe. The trigger guard itself is plastic and connected only at one end; make sure you don’t snag the open end on your clothing.

Shrouded for most of its length, the barrel has a ½ inch UNF thread to accept a silencer, although the Kozak is very quiet without one. A 180mm picatinny rail provides plenty of space to fit a scope. The rifle comes with two filler probes. One is threaded and the other is designed to snap straight on to a quick fit style connector. Filling the Kozak is achieved by rotating a collar at the front of the air cylinder against a stop to reveal the port. Zbroia states that the Zozak will accept a 300 bar fill. However, I found a 200 bar fill was good for around 120 accurate .177 shots in the 200cc test rifle. A pressure gauge located under the muzzle shows how much air is left.

Zbroia Kozak MK2 Specifications

 

Specifications330mm / 200cc450mm/230cc550mm/290cc
Length710mm830mm930mm
Weight3 kgs3.1 kgs3.2 kgs
Air capacity200cc230cc290cc
Barrel length330mm450mm550mm
SafetyManual resettableManual resettableManual resettable
TriggerTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustableTwo stage adjustable
RegulatedYesYesYes
Magazine10 (.22) / 12 (.177)10 (.22) / 12 (.177)10 (.22) / 12 (.177)

The Zbroia range

Zbroia makes the Kozak semi-bullpup, which has a height adjustable cheek piece, as well as the Kozak FC – a full bullpup. Both are available in different barrelr length/air cylinder configurations. So too is another semi-bullpup – the Sapsan. A Biathlon competition rifle rounds out the range. 

Alternatives to the Zbroia Kozak MK2

Other similarly priced semi bullpup, bullpup and compact rifles to consider include: Walther Rotex RM8 Varmint UC; SMK Artemis P10 Shorty and Gamo Boxer Bullpup. 

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