Madsen M-50

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Madsen Model 1950
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin  Denmark
Service history
In service 1950 - 1980s
Used by See Users
Production history
Designer Dansk Industri Syndikat
Designed 1950
Manufacturer Dansk Industri Syndikat
Variants M/46, M/53
Specifications
Weight 3.15 kilograms (6.9 lb)
Length 795 millimetres (31.3 in) with stock open

Caliber 9×19mm Parabellum
Action Blowback
Rate of fire 550 rpm
Muzzle velocity 380 m/s
Feed system Magazine 32 rounds
Sights Single aperature set for 100 m

The Madsen M-50 or M/50 is a submachine gun introduced in 1950. It was produced by the Danish company Dansk Industri Syndikat of Copenhagen, Denmark. The company was otherwise known as Madsen after its founder Vilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen

Overview[edit]

This firearm was a modified variation of the M/46. The only major improvement was the simplified retracting handle. Introduction of the M/50 occurred on November 7, 1950 at Mosede, Denmark, until 1953.[1]

The M/50 is made of stamped sheet metal. Its an open bolt design which means it fires when the bolt is in the locked back open position with a fixed firing pin. The M/46-M/50 share a unique design: the firearm is stamped from 2 pieces of sheet metal which are shaped with an integral rear pistol grip and magazine housing. The two pieces fit together like a clam shell with the hinge at the rear of the pistol grip. The firearm is held together with a barrel locking nut which is threaded onto the fore section of the two receiver halves. The pistol grip is hollow, providing storage space for a magazine loading tool.[1]

The folding stock is made of tubular steel covered with leather and folds onto the right side of the firearm. The M/50 fires in full-auto only features a safety lever unusually placed in front of the forward magazine housing. To fire the M/50 the operator must grip the magazine housing and hold down the safety lever.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Peterson, Phillip (18 October 2013). Standard Catalog of Military Firearms: The Collector's Price and Reference Guide. Krause Publications. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-1-4402-3692-1. 
  2. ^ Jones, Richard D.; Ness, Leland S. (2010). Jane's Infantry Weapons. pp. 81–82, 87. 
  3. ^ a b c Schwing, Ned (5 November 2005). Standard Catalog of Military Firearms: The Collector's Price and Reference Guide. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-87349-902-6. 
  4. ^ a b c Hogg, Ian V. (2001). Submachine Guns. Greenhill Books. pp. 49–50. ISBN 978-1-85367-448-8. 
  5. ^ a b c Gander, Terry J.; Hogg, Ian V. Jane's Infantry Weapons 1995/1996. Jane's Information Group; 21 edition (May 1995). ISBN 978-0-7106-1241-0.
  6. ^ Fitzsimons, Bernard (1978). The Illustrated encyclopedia of 20th century weapons and warfare. New York: Columbia House. p. 1817. 
  7. ^ McNab, Chris (19 March 2013). America's Elite: US Special Forces from the American Revolution to the Present Day. Osprey Publishing. pp. 276–277. ISBN 978-1-78200-316-8. 
  • Nelson, Thomas B. The World's Submachine Guns. International small arms publishers: Cologne, Germany, 1963.

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