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Chatellerault M24/29



Overview


M24/29

Rear view of MAC M24/29 light supprot weapon.
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Origin
France
Type
Light machine gun
Entered service
1926
Status
Obsolete
Development
Early 1920's
Developer
France - Manufacture d’Armes de Chatellerault (MAC)
Lt. Reibel and Chosse
Production
1925 - 1930 for M24
1930 - 1957 for M24/29
Producers
France - Manufacture d’Armes de Chatellerault (MAC)
Number produced
45.530 M24
187.412 M24/29
Designations
Fusil Mitrailleur Mle 1924
M1924/29
MAC 24/29
Leichtes MG 115(f)
M24 in Nazi German service
Leichtes MG 116(f)
M24/29 in Nazi German service
Notable users
France
Nazi Germany

Description


Introduction

The M24/29 is a light support weapon of French origin. It was developed to replace the troublesome M1915 Chauchat. The M24/29 proved to be a succesful design and is known for its quality. In French service it was designated the "Fusil-mitrailleur modèle 1924 modifié 1929" or FM 24/29 for short.

Design

The M24/29 is based on the Czech ZB-30 and Browning BAR. It started out as the M1924 chambered in the proprietary 7.5x57mm round. When the French 7.5x54mm round was standardized in 1929 the design was altered and the new weapon was designated M24/29. The M24/29 is gas operated and features two triggers, one for semi-automatic fire and the other for automatic fire. The magazines are inserted at the top, resulting in the sights to be offset to the left.

Firepower

The M24/29 fires the French 7.5x54mm round from a 25 round magazine. The two triggers allow for semi-automatic fire and automatic fire at 450 to 550 rpm. The maximum range against area targets is 800 meters. Since the barrel cannot be changed a pause is required after having fired 5 magazines in rapid succession.

Users

The M24/29 was the standard automatic weapon in French service when World War 2 started. In the 1960's it was replaced by the AAT-52, but remained in use with the gendarmerie until the year 2000. In the 1960's it was widely exported to the ex-French colonies and often remained in active use well into the 1980's. Nowadays the M24/29 is considered obsolete.

Details


M24/29

Right side view of MAC M24/29 light supprot weapon.
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M24 and M24/29

The M24/29 is a light support weapon of French origin. The original M1924 dates back to the early 1920's. It was replaced by the M1924/29 chambered for the new 7.5x54mm round.

Facts M24/29
General
Origin
France
Type
Light machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
7.5x54mm French
Magazine
25 round detachable box
Barrel length
500 mm
Rifling
4 grooves, 270 mm right hand twist
Operation
Action
Gas operated
Fire selector
0 - 1 - F
Rate of fire
450 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
Fixed
Length
1.070 mm
Height
190 mm without magazine
Weight
8.93 kg empty
9.8 kg loaded
Sights
Type
Iron sights, post front and tangent sight rear
Sight radius
640 mm
Accessories
Bipod
Fixed foldable bipod

Media


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