The MP Jelen is a Croatian insurrectionist submachine gun.
The year was 1991. The dissolution of Yugoslavia left Croatia with little weapons to arm their troops in time for said country's war of independence. An embargo prevented the newly formed state from legally buying weapons from across seas, which left Croatia with no choice but to design their own weapons, leading to the Jelen. The weapon, while based on dated designs, was apparently liked by its users; the weapon was said to be used by a variety of paramilitary forces and police departments in Croatia. At least one sample is known to survive today.
The Jelen is a very crudely-designed submachine gun with wooden furniture. The weapon is very obviously a crude copy of the well-proven PPSh-41 submachine gun with a different pistol grip and cut-down barrels. Due to its appearance, the Jelen was said to be very unwieldy to hold.
It is quite similar to the Šokac P1 in the above regard in that it is a mechanical copy of the PPSh-41, albeit in the Jelen, the design language on the PPSh-41 is far more prominently seen here than in the Šokac.
- The Jelen was named after the Croatian word for deer.