ksp 58 (7.62 mm)

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The Ksp 58 on the Strv 103A


The 7.62 mm ksp 58 is a Swedish general purpose machine gun.

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General info

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Available ammunition

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Pros and cons


  • Large magazine capacity


  • Low total ammunition count
  • Low muzzle velocity


The Ksp 58 ("Kulspruta", literally "bullet sprayer") is a Swedish-licensed version of the Belgian FN MAG, a design that borrowed elements from both the German MG42 and American BAR to create what would become NATO's general purpose machine gun.

First adopted by Sweden in 1958, the Ksp 58, licensed by FFV-Carl Gustaf, was initially chambered in 6.5x55 Swedish. It was modified in the 1970s to be re-chambered in 7.62x51 mm NATO and a new gas regulator. The Ksp 58 would replace their aging Ksp m/42 (a lighter variant of the American Browning M1919A6) due to its lighter weight. The 1970s also saw the use of the Ksp 58 Strv (Stridsvagn "battle tank") variant which used developed for fixed mountings in the Strv 103 or S-tank family and stripped of features such as the bipod and buttstock. When the CV90 was developed, a new variant of the Ksp 58 that used a flexible mounting was designed for the Infantry Fighting Vehicle which became the Ksp 58 C.

By 2004, the Ksp 58 C had replaced the Ksp m/39s in Swedish service. The most recent variant of the Ksp 58 is the D variant. A service upgrade for the Ksp 58 B, the D comes with Picatinny rails, a fluted barrel, new flash hider and several modifications that reduce the weight of the entire assembly by 6.3 lbs (2.86 kg). Alongside Sweden, the Ksp 58 has seen service in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which received these guns as part of German military aid in the 1990s.


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Sweden anti-aircraft guns
7.62 mm  Ksp 58
20 mm  Akan m/45B · Lvakan m/40B
40 mm  Akan m/70B · Lvakan m/36 · Lvakan m/48
20 mm  Oerlikon 204 GK (Switzerland)
35 mm  Oerlikon KDA (Switzerland)
57 mm  S-68 (USSR)

Tank machine guns
7.62 mm  M37 · M60D · M73 · M240 · M1919A4
12.7 mm  FN M3P · M2HB · M80 · M85
5.56 mm  MG4
7.62 mm  C6 · MG3A1
7.92 mm  MG13 Dreyse · MG34 · MG37(t) · MG42
12.7 mm  S.MG.50
7.62 mm  DT · PKMB · PKT · PKTM · RP-46 · SGMT
12.7 mm  DK · DShK · 6P49 · NSVT
14.5 mm  KPVT
7.62 mm  Browning MG4 · L3A1 · L8A1 · L8A2 · L37A1 · L37A2 · L94A1
7.7 mm  Vickers
7.92 mm  BESA
12.7 mm  L21A1
6.5 mm  Type 91
7.62 mm  Type 74
7.7 mm  Type 97
12.7 mm  Type 60 (B)
5.8 mm  QJT
7.62 mm  Type 55 · Type 59 · Type 86
12.7 mm  QJC88A · Type 54
14.5 mm  QJG02
7.62 mm  Beretta MG42/59 · FN MAG 60-40
8 mm  34/40M · Breda Mod. 38
13.2 mm  Breda Model 31
7.5 mm  AAT-52 · MAC 31
7.62 mm  A-A-F1N
8 mm  Hotchkiss Mle 1914
6.5 mm  ksp m/14-29
7.62 mm  ksp 39 C · ksp 58 · ksp 94
8 mm  ksp m/36 · ksp m/39B
12.7 mm  ksp 88