Skoda M1909 machine gun

The Škoda M1909 is a Machine gun of Austro-Hungarian origin and was manufactured by the Škoda Works in Plzeň (now in the Czech Republic). Although it was unable to compete with the more reliable Schwarzlose m/07, it was used in the same period, albeit mostly by reserve and home guard battalions within the Austro-Hungarian armed forces.

Skoda M1909 machine gun
Class Manportable
Type Machine Guns
Manufacturer Skoda
Production Period 1909 - 1917
Origin Austria-Hungary
Country Name Origin Year
Austria-Hungary 1909
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Austria-Hungary 1914 1918 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Skoda 1909 1917 View

The M1909 is a delayed-blowback water cooled belt fed medium machine gun, chambered in the 8×50mmR round. As with all delayed blowback operated mechanisms chambered for powerful cartridges it suffers from relatively poor performance compared to recoil operated guns such as the Maxim.

Type Medium machine gun
Place of origin Austria-Hungary
Service history
In service 1909–1918
Used by Austria-Hungary
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed Unknown
Manufacturer Škoda Works
Produced 1909–1917
Weight 41.4 kg (gun & tripod)
Length 945 mm
Barrel length 530 mm
Cartridge 8×50mmR Mannlicher
Action delayed blowback
Rate of fire 425 rpm
Feed system 250 round belt

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