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Breda Model 30 Machine Gun

Country of OriginItaly
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber6.500 mm
Capacity20 rounds
Length1,230.000 mm
Barrel Length450.000 mm
Weight10.200 kg
Rate of Fire475 rounds/min
Range800 m
Muzzle Velocity630 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Fucile Mitragliatore Breda modello 1930, or Breda M30 for short, were the standard light machine guns of the Italian Army during WW2. They were first introduced in 1930, and production continued through the Italian Armistice until the end of the European War in 1945. They had an unique design in that they were fired from a close bolt, within which a small lubricating device sprayed oil on each cartridge as it entered the chamber; design flaws made this close bolt design vulnerable to debris, making them unreliable in the North African theater that was constantly plagued by sand. Additionally, they also had a slow rate of fire when compared with their contemporaries.

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Last Major Revision: Nov 2007


German paratroopers with FG 42 rifle and MP 40 submachine gun in Italy guarding a cache of captured weapons, 1943

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German paratroopers with FG 42 rifle and MP 40 submachine gun in Italy guarding a cache of captured weapons, 1943

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