Standschütze Hellriegel M1915

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Standschütze Hellriegel M1915
Brzostrelka Hellriegel - 1.jpg
Type Sub-machine gun
Place of origin Austria-Hungary
Service history
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed 1915
No. built 1 (conjecture)
Variants None
Cartridge 9x23mm Steyr (conjecture)[1]
Action Blowback (conjecture)[1]
Rate of fire 500-700rpm
Effective firing range 190 m
Feed system 20 round stick to 160 round drum (conjecture)[1]
The Hellriegel being testfired in October 1915.
A soldier studies the Hellriegel's drum magazine while another carries the gun.

Standschütze Hellriegel 1915 was an Austro-Hungarian water-cooled sub machine gun produced during World War I in very limited prototype numbers.

Standschütze is believed to be referring the Austro-Hungarian reserve force, the Standschützen, while Hellriegel is an Austrian surname, though the significance of how these names relate to the weapon's background is unclear.[1]

The light machine gun could be fed from standard box magazines, or from a large drum magazine which was not actually connected to the weapon and instead fed the cartridges through a flexible chute. The unusual appearance of this drum magazine has led many people to assume it is belt fed, however this is not the case with the rounds being unconnected from one another and are propelled along the drum and feed chute by a spring.[1]

Little is known about the weapon, which does not appear to have progressed from the prototype stage.

In popular culture[edit]

The Standschütze Hellriegel M1915 appears in the first-person shooter Battlefield 1 by DICE and EA.


  1. ^ a b c d e "STANDSCHÜTZE HELLRIEGEL LIGHT MACHINE GUN". Historical Firearms. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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