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Chatellerault FM 24/29
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 7.5x57mm 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 7.5x57mm to 7.5x54mm 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.
- 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 FM 24/29 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Game Title||Mods||Notations||Release Date|
|World War II Online: Battleground Europe||2001-2011|
|Call of Duty 2: Big Red One||"Chatellerault"||2005|
|Forgotten Hope 2||Infantry and AA mount versions||Added in v2.6 (2022)||2007|
|Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades||"Chatellerault"||2016|
|Post Scriptum||Introduced in Plan Jaune update||2018|