Kiraly Submachine Gun

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Kiraly 39M submachine gun - 9x25mm
Kiraly 43M submachine gun - 9x25mm
Kiraly 50M submachine gun - 7.62x25mm

The Danuvia submachine gun (better known as "Kiraly submachine gun") was developed in the late 1930s by the Hungarian weapons designer Pál Király. Outwardly and constructively, it resembles the earlier Swiss SIG MKMS, which was developed by Király, who worked at SIG until 1937. The first exemplars were made in November 1938. It was adopted by the Hungarian army in 1939 under the designation 39.M and was produced at the Danuvia Gepgyar plant, but mass production did not start until the beginning of 1942. In 1943, a more compact model 43.M was developed, which had a folding buttstock and a shortened barrel. Only of 13,322 39M and circa 8,000 - 20,000 (according to various estimates) 43M were produced, which makes it extremely rare and valuable among collectors.

Produced versions of Kiraly SMG included the variants Király-géppisztoly 39M, Király-géppisztoly 43M, Király 50M, and also 39/A M. (39M with folding wooden stock) and Király-géppisztoly 44M prototypes. From the early 1950s Kiraly SMGs has been replaced by PPSh-41 and Kucher K1 in the Hungarian army. The Kiraly 50M was made for the Ministry of the Interior and the Army did not participate in the development. The 50M submachine guns were used primarily by police, railroad and factory guards, probably until the late 50s when they were replaced by the above Kucher K1.


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Specifications

(1938 – 1945), 50M: (1950 - ???)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 9x25mm Mauser (39M, 43M), 9x19mm Parabellum (44M), 7.62x25mm (50M)
  • Weight loaded: 39M: 9.8 lbs (4.46 kg), 43M: 9.4 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 39M: 41.3 in (104.8 cm), 43M: 37.6 in (95.6 cm) w/ stock extended to 29.5 in (74.9 cm) w/ stock folded
  • Barrel length: 39M: 19.6 in (49.9 cm), 43M: 16.7 in (42.4 cm)
  • Capacity: 20 or 40 rounds (39M), 40 rounds (43M, 44M, 50M)
  • Fire Modes: semi-auto/full-auto

Movies

Movie Title Actor Character Note Year
Two Half-Times in Hell Tibor Molnár Rácz Kiraly 50M 1961
Antal Farkas Cpl. Csorba
József Szendrő Sgt. Rápity
Hungarian soldiers
The Corporal and Others Hungarian fascists Kiraly 43M 1965
The plane flies to Russia (Samolyot letit v Rossiyu) Mafia member Kiraly 43M 1994

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Bors Kiraly 50M/Ep. 14. 1968

Anime

Show Title Character Notation Date
Akane-Iro ni Somaru Saka Kiraly 43M 2008



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