Chatellerault Light Machine Gun

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Chatellerault Light Machine Gun is the common English name for two standard French light machine guns designed by Manufacture d'Armes de Châtellerault, FM 24 and FM 24/29 (also known as MAC 24 and MAC 24/29). The FM 24 was designed in 1923, and adopted in 1924, chambered in 7.5×57mm MAS. This weapon uses the same operation as the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle but was considered superior by French troops.

The FM 24/29 (Fusil-mitrailleur Modèle 1924 M29) was an improved variant of the FM 24 adopted in 1929, which switches out the cartridge from 7.5x47mm to 7.5×54mm French. The change was made for several reasons: For one, the FM 24 could load and fire a captured German 8x57mm cartridge with disastrous results, and the two cartridges' similar appearances made accidental switches more common than desired. Secondly, the 7.5x57mm round had a tendency to explode in much more innovative ways than are acceptable in a firearm. The FM 24/29 served as the standard light machine gun used by France since World War 2 for over 50 years.

The FM 24/29 inspired the Czech ZB26 Machine Gun, which became the British Bren gun.

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Specifications

  • Caliber:
    • M1924: 7.5x57mm
    • M1929: 7.5x54mm
  • Length: 42.60 inches
  • Barrel Length: 19.69 inches
  • Weight: 19.7 lbs
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,690 feet per second
  • Maximum range: 2,926 meters
  • Maximum effective range: is 804 meters
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 450-550 rounds per minute
  • Feed system: 25-round detachable box magazine
  • Fire modes: Semi (front trigger), Auto (rear trigger)


The Chatellerault Light Machine Gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

FM 24/29

FM 24/29 - 7.5x54mm

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Battle of the Rails (La bataille du rail) French Resistance fighters, German soldiers 1946
Soldiers Were Going (Shli soldaty...) Mounted on an Imperial German plane 1959
Yesterday's Enemy Japanese soldiers 1959
The Longest Day German soldier 1962
Weekend at Dunkirk Georges Géret Pinot 1964
Is Paris Burning? French Resistance fighters 1966
Black Sun (Soleil noir) Daniel Gélin Guy Rodier 1966
David O'Brien Eliott
Michel de Ré Hergy
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) Claude Brasseur Groubec 1967
Gérard Blain Thomas
Med Hondo Florent
Bruno Cremer Cazal
Pasha (Le Pacha) Quinquin's henchman 1968
Don't Take God's Children for Wild Geese Charles' henchman 1968
R.A.S. French soldier 1973
The Day of the Jackal An OAS assassin 1973
The Conspiracy (Le complot) Simón Andreu Baudry 1973
Robert Castel Saporo
Now Where Did the 7th Company Get To? (Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie?) Aldo Maccione Pvt. Tassin 1973
The Seventh Company Has Been Found (On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie!) Henri Guybet Pvt. Tassin 1975
Pierre Mondy Sgt. Chaudard
The Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune) Henri Guybet Pvt. Tassin Footage from The Seventh Company Has Been Found 1977
Pierre Mondy Sgt. Chaudard
A Captain's Honor (L'Honneur d'un capitaine) French soldiers 1982
Diên Biên Phú French paratroopers 1992
Deserter FLN rebel 2002
The Quiet American French soldiers 2002
Our Own (Svoi) Polizei Converted for 7.62x39, with AKM magazine 2004
Days of Glory Colonial Tiralleurs 2006
Intimate Enemies Albert Dupontel Sgt. Dougnac 2007
Intimate Enemies French soldiers 2007
Dnieper Line: Love and War German soldiers Converted for 7.62x39, with AKM magazine 2009
Djinns (Stranded) Matthias Van Khache Pvt. Malovitch 2010
Dunkirk French soldiers 2017

Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2001-2011
7554 2011



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