Standschütze Hellriegel M1915
|Standschütze Hellriegel M1915|
|Place of origin||Austria-Hungary|
|Wars||World War I|
|No. built||1 (conjecture)|
|Cartridge||9x23mm Steyr (conjecture)|
|Rate of fire||500-700rpm|
|Effective firing range||190 m|
|Feed system||20 round stick to 160 round drum (conjecture)|
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.
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.
Little is known about the weapon, which does not appear to have progressed from the prototype stage.
In popular culture
- "STANDSCHÜTZE HELLRIEGEL LIGHT MACHINE GUN". Historical Firearms. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- Hellriegel photograph at the webpages of Bildarchiv Austria
- Maschinengewehr des Standschützen Hellriegel: A WW1 Phantom
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