Modified Hotchkiss machine gun

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Modified Hotchkiss machine gun
Type Medium machine gun
Place of origin  Greece
Service history
Used by Greek Army
Wars World War II
Production history
Manufacturer Hotchkiss et Cie
Specifications
Rate of fire 450RPM
Sights Iron

The Modified Hotchkiss machine gun was a Greek improvement of the French Hotchkiss M1926, in turn an evolution of the Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun. Existing stock of French-built weapons was modernized before World War II in the Greek State Military Material Facility (EYP) of Athens. The main improvement involved the gun's weakest spot, its firing rate which in practice was only 220 rounds/min, about half that of contemporary machine guns. Apart from accomplishing increase to 420 rounds/min and improved stability, the same facilities undertook the production of a large number of auxiliary parts, with minor improvements. The gun was extensively used by the Greek Army during World War II.

References[edit]

Christos Sazanidis, "Arms of the Greeks", Maiandros, Thessaloniki (1995)