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FM 24/29

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FM 24/29
Country Of Origin France
In Service 1930s - 1950s/2006 (Gendarmerie Nationale)
Used By France, Nazi Germany, Italy
Wars World War 2, First Indochina War, Algerian War, Suez Crisis.
Action Gas operated
Cartridge 7.5x54mm French
Feed System 25 round box magazine

The Fusil-mitrailleur mle 1924/29, (abbrev. FM 24/29,) was a French Light Machine Gun in service from the early 1930s to the late 1950s where it was then succeeded by the AA-52. Gendarmerie Nationale regional brigades continued to use the FM 24/29 until 2006.

French troops preferred this over the bulky Browning Automatic Rifle, which lead to this LMG being designed.

One could compare the weapon to the British Bren, as the position of the magazine holder and iron sights were somewhat similar as well as the Rate of Fire.