Breda M38

The Breda 38 was an Italian tank-pattern machine gun used in World War II. It was able to fit on the available tanks: the Fiat L6/40, the Fiat M11/39, and the Fiat M13/40. It was also adapted as infantry machine gun.

Breda M38
Class Manportable
Type Machine Guns
Manufacturer Breda Meccanica Bresciana
Production Period 1938 - 1943
Origin Italy
Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1938
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Italy 1939 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Breda Meccanica Bresciana 1938 1943 View

The gun is air-cooled, gas-operated, and magazine-fed, and has a quick-change barrel. Its operational features are simple, and it is extremely easy to field-strip or disassemble completely. The barrel is sufficiently heavy (9? pounds) to enable it to fire a large number of rounds in quick succession without overheating.

Type Tank Machine Gun
Place of origin Kingdom of Italy
Service history
In service 1938-1943
Used by Kingdom of Italy
Wars World War II
Production history
Manufacturer Breda Meccanica Bresciana
Weight 33? lbs
Length 35½ in
Barrel length 23 in
Cartridge 8x59mm RB Breda
Caliber 8 mm
Action Gas operated
Rate of fire 600 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 792 m/s (2,600 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 1000 m
Feed system 24-round vertical box magazine

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