FM 24/29 light machine gun

The Fusil-mitrailleur Modèle 1924 M29 was the standard light machine gun of the French Army from 1925 until the 1960s and was in use until 2000-2006 with the National Gendarmerie. It fires the French 7.5×54mm round which is equivalent in ballistics and striking power to the later 7.62×51mm NATO (.308 Winchester) round. A robust and reliable weapon partly derived from the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) action, the FM 1924 M29 soldiered on, practically without interruptions, for more than 50 years.

FM 24/29 light machine gun
Class Manportable
Type Machine Guns
Manufacturer Manufacture d'armes de Châtellerault
Production Period 1925 - 1957
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1925
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Algeria 1954 1962 View
Cambodia (Kampuchea) 1967 1975 View
Egypt 1956 1956 View
Morocco 1920 1926 View
Morocco 1975 1991 View
Vietnam 1946 1954 View
Vietnam 1955 1975 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Manufacture d'armes de Châtellerault 1925 1957 190400 View

Type Light machine gun
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1925–1950s

1930s to 2000–2006 (National Gendarmerie)
Used by France, Greece, Poland, Spain, Germany
Wars Rif War

World War II

First Indochina War

Algerian War

Suez Crisis

Vietnam War

Cambodian Civil War

Western Sahara War
Production history
Designer Lt col. Reibel assisted by Chief Armorer Chosse
Designed 1923
Manufacturer Manufacture d'Armes de Châtellerault
Produced 1925-1957 (190,400 delivered)
Variants M1924-M29D

Weight 8.9 kg (19.7 lb)
Length 1080 mm (42.5 in)
Cartridge 7.5×54mm French
Caliber 7.5mm
Barrels 1
Action Gas-operated
Rate of fire 450 rpm
Muzzle velocity 830 m/s (2,722.4 ft/s)
Feed system 25 round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron sights

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