Danuvia 43M submachine gun

Danuvia 43M submachine gun
Danuvia 43M
Type submachine gun
Place of origin Hungary Kingdom of Hungary
Service history
In service 1943 onwards to ??
Used by Hungary
Production history
Designed 1930s
Produced 1943–1945
Number built ~8,000 to 10,000
Variants 39M - Wooden stock version
39M/A - Folding wooden stock version
43M - Modernized version
Weight 3,63 kg without magazine
4,46 kg with magazine
Length 953/749 mm
Barrel length 424 mm

Cartridge 9 mm Mauser Export
Action Lever-delayed blowback
Rate of fire 750 round/min
Muzzle velocity 450 m/s (1,476 ft/s)
Feed system 40 rounds

The 9x25 mm Danuvia submachine guns (Király géppisztoly) were designed by Hungarian engineer Pál Király in the late 1930s. They were issued to Hungarian army troops in 1939 and remained in service throughout World War II. A total of roughly 8,000 were made between 1939 and 1945. The Danuvia was a large, sturdy weapon, similar to a carbine. Although inspired by the 9x19mm Parabellum Beretta Model 38/42, the Danuvia used the more powerful 9 mm Mauser round. Like the Beretta, the Danuvia's magazine can be folded forward into a recess in the stock where a plate then slides over it.

The original Danuvia was the 39M: it was redesigned in 1943 as the 43M. This, the most common version, had a shortened barrel and was provided with a forward-angled magazine. It had a folding metal buttstock and wood forestock fitted with a pistol grip. The Danuvia featured a patented two-part delayed blowback bolt. The fire selector switch is a circular cap on the rear of the receiver and is rotated to one of three settings: E (Egyes)(semiautomatic fire), S(Sorozat) (full automatic), or Z (Zárt)(the safety setting). The ejection port and cocking handle are on the right side of the receiver. It had a ramp-type rear sight above the ejection port and a post foresight at end of the barrel.

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