Fittipaldi machine gun

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Ametralladora Fittipaldi 1912
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The Fittipaldi Machine Gun on display at the Museo de Armas de la Nación in Buenos Aires
TypeMachine gun
Place of originArgentina
Production history
DesignerRafael Fittipaldi
Cartridge7.65×53mm Argentine
Feed systemBelt

The Fittipaldi machine gun is a recoil-operated machine gun designed by Rafael Fittipaldi (an Italian immigrant to Argentina) and patented as USPTO number 1,099,245, of June 9, 1914.[1]


The Fittipaldi machine gun uses the barrel of the Argentinian Mauser Model 1891 rifle as well as its bolt, the latter adapted for rectilinear action. It was fed by a non-disintegrating belt and used a traditional tripod as mount. A water jacket covered the entire length of its barrel, giving it an external appearance similar to the Lewis Gun.[2]


The Fittipaldi machine gun was not adopted by the Argentine Army. Little is known about its history or performance, including why it was not adopted.[2] The prototype, dated to 1912, is on display in Room XVI "Freedom Walk" from the Museum of Arms of the Nation, Buenos Aires, Argentina.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c Armas Argentinas: Ametralladora Fittipaldi (Argentina), Blog de las Fuerzas de Defensa de la República Argentina, retrieved 2013-8-3