Ribeyrolles 1918 automatic carbine

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Carabine-mitrailleuse Ribeyrolles Modèle 1918
TypeAutomatic rifle/Assault Rifle
Place of originFrance
Service history
Used byFrench Army
WarsWorld War I
World War II[citation needed]
Production history
Designed1916[citation needed]
Produced1916 to 1920[citation needed]
No. built1 (conjecture)
Specifications
Mass5.1 kg (11 lb) unloaded[citation needed]
Length1,090 mm (43 in)[citation needed]
Barrel length450 mm (18 in)[citation needed]

Cartridge8×35mm Ribeyrolles
ActionDirect blowback[1]
Rate of fire550–600 rounds per minute[citation needed]
Muzzle velocity570 m/s (1,900 ft/s)[citation needed]
Effective firing range400 m (440 yd)[1]
Feed system25-round box magazine
SightsIron sights

The Ribeyrolles 1918 was an attempt to manufacture an automatic rifle for the French forces. It was chambered in the experimental 8×35mm round, used straight blowback, was fed from a 25-round detachable magazine and had an effective range of 400 meters. The cartridge, which some argue was the first purpose-built intermediate cartridge, was obtained by necking down the .351 Winchester Self-Loading.[1] Another source indicates that it was chambered in a cartridge designated 8×32mmSR.[2]

Its official name was Carabine Mitrailleuse 1918[citation needed] ("Machine Carbine 1918" in English); in a 2007 book it appears as "fusil automatique Ribeyrolles 1918".[2] The Ribeyrolles had the distinction of being fitted with a lightweight bipod on the front (indicating an intended use as a squad automatic weapon) and a rifle bayonet identical to that of the Berthier Model 1907/15.

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  1. ^ a b c "Assault Rifles And Their Ammunition:". Quarry.nildram.co.uk. 1943-07-15. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
  2. ^ a b [1] has info from Jean Huon (2007). Les pistolets mitrailleurs français. Editions Crépin-Leblond. ISBN 978-2-7030-0300-7. cf. [2]

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