Salvator-Dormus M1893

The Salvator-Dormus M1893 also known as Skoda M1893 was a heavy machine gun of Austro-Hungarian origin. It was patented by Archduke Karl Salvator of Austria and Count George von Dormus and was manufactured by Skoda Works Plzeň. The Salvator-Dormus was chambered in the 8x50mmR round fed from an overhead magazine and was water-cooled with an oil lubrication device. There was also a pendulum adjustment in the trigger mechanism that allowed the operator to select the cyclic rate of fire, anywhere from 180 to 250 rounds per minute. The M1893 was cheaper than the Maxim gun but was gradually replaced by the Schwarzlose MG M.07/12. The M1893 machine guns were mounted aboard the SMS Zenta during the successful defence of the Austro-Hungarian Embassy in Peking.

Salvator-Dormus M1893
Class Manportable
Type Machine Guns
Manufacturer Skoda
Production Period 1893 - 1918
Origin Austria-Hungary
Country Name Origin Year
Austria-Hungary 1893
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Austria-Hungary View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Skoda 1893 1918 View

Type Heavy machine gun
Place of origin  Austria-Hungary
Service history
Used by Austria-Hungary
Wars Boxer Rebellion, World War I
Production history
Designer Karl Salvator and Georg von Dormus
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1893-1918
Variants M1893, M1902
Weight 20kg
Cartridge 8x50mmR
Action Delayed Blowback
Rate of fire 180-250RPM
Feed system 20- to 30-round magazine
Sights Iron

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