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Kg m/40 Machine Gun

Country of OriginSweden
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber7.920 mm
Capacity20 rounds
Length1.307 m
Weight9.979 kg
Rate of Fire480 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity745 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Kg m/40 light machine gun was designed by Hans Lauf of Germany and Wendelin Przkalla of Sweden, both of Svenska Automatvapen AB, between 1932 and 1933. They used the cartridges of the American Browning Automatic Rifles. They were adopted by the Swedish Army in 1940, which led to their official Swedish designation. Through the 1930s, Lauf and Przkalla attempted to sell the design to foreign manufacturers for license production; all prospective customers turned them down save one, Knorr-Bremse AG of Germany. Knorr-Bremse produced them under the German designation of MG35/36. Within Germany, these Knorr-Bremse products were mainly used for training only, but they were used on the front lines by a number of German-aligned states in Europe.

Ian Hogg, The Encyclopedia of Infantry Weapons of World War II

Last Major Revision: Sep 2014

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