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Sola Super

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Luxembourg

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Early 1950's

  • DESIGNER
    Jansen - Société Luxembourgeoise d'Armes SA

  • PRODUCTION
    1954 - 1957

  • PRODUCERS
    Luxembourg - SOLA

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very limited costs
    Easy to produce
    Easy to maintain
    Limited production quality
    Low reliability

Introduction

The Sola Super is a sub machine gun of Luxembourgeoise origin. It was designed in the early 1950's as an ultra cheap weapon for export sales. Despite its low cost sales were rather limited due to its size, weight and limited reliability. After a few years production was discontinued.

Design

The Sola Super resembles the Vigneros both externally and internally. The Sola Super is a blowback operated weapon that consists of only 38 parts. With the exception of the pistol grip the weapon is fully made out of metal. A retractable wire shoulder stock is fitted. The magazines doubles as a forward grip.

Firepower

The Sola Super fires the 9x19mm round from 32 round box magazines of the same type as used in the MP40. The cyclic rate of fire is 550 rpm. The rather long barrel results in a good range and high muzzle velocity. The muzzle compensator helps a little to fight the rather strong recoil. The maximum effective range is 150 meters.

Users

Even though the Sola Super was very cheap it did not sell very well. Other weapons on the market were only slightly more expensive and of much better quality. Quantities have been exported to Africa and South America.

Variants

Sola Super

The Sola Super is a sub machine gun that is inspired by the Belgian Vigneron and looks rather similar. The original model was found rather heavy and in order to improve sales the Sola Léger was introduced. As the name suggests the Sola Léger is a lightened model. The trigger system simplified, the dust cover removed and the flash hider eliminated. The result was a lighter weapon with even worse performance than the original Sola Super.

TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine32 rounds
OperationBlowback operated
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire550 rpm
Barrel length305 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity396 m/s
StockRetractable
Length889 mm / 610 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.86 kg unloaded, 3.6 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, blade front, aperture rear, 50 to 150 m gradations
Remarks-
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine32 rounds
OperationBlowback operated
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire550 rpm
Barrel length267 mm
Rifling6 grooves, right hand twist
Muzzle velocity381 m/s
StockRetractable
Length787 mm / 572 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.72 kg unloaded, 3.43 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, blade front, aperture rear, 50 to 150 m gradations
Remarks-

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