Ksp m/14-29 (6.5 mm)

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Description

The 6.5 mm Ksp m/14-29 is a Swedish machine gun based off the Browning M1917A1 machine gun.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

A water-cooled machine gun firing 6.5 mm caliber rounds, the Ksp m/14-29 leaves a lot to be desired as a machine gun in a vehicle-dominated battlefield.

Available ammunition

The Ksp m/14-29 comes with only one belt preset composing of ball and tracer bullets in alternating fashion. The maximum penetration the belt provides is 5 mm at 10 meters from a 0 degree angle-of-attack.

Comparison with analogues

  • Vickers (7.7 mm) - A similar British water-cooled machine gun that was pressed into a secondary tank armament role.
  • Type 91 (6.5 mm) - A Japanese machine gun that also posses a lighter rifle-calibre cartridge, with similar armour-penetration performance as the Ksp m/14-29.

Usage in battles

Equipped onto the reserve Swedish tank, the Strv m/31, the Ksp m/14-29 is lacking even as is. The machine gun ammunition, being a little smaller than the usual at 6.5 mm, has only a maximum penetration value of 5 mm at point-blank range. This penetration value is not even enough to penetrate flat steel armour that some lightly-armored trucks posses.

The low rate of fire also makes fire saturation rather difficult, so some precise aiming is needed to make sure the machine gun rounds hit onto target.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Can still perform task as a machine gun against exposed crew members

Cons:

  • Smaller calibre than the usual, producing even less penetration values (5 mm point-blank)
  • Low rate of fire

History

From 1914 onwards, the Swedish have the Ksp m/14 Schwarzlose machine gun for use. However, the Schwarzlose machine gun was not suitable for aircraft mounts as it could not be synchronized to the plane propeller for firing. To fill the role, Browning M1919 machine guns were purchased in 1920s for aircraft use. Experience with the Browning machine guns showed promise to the Swedish military, which saw praise in the Browning's overall simple design and the prospect of being more cheaply procured than the Schwarzlose. This led to the adoption of the water-cooled Browning machine gun design, the M1917A1, in 1929. The gun itself was designated the m/29, though it was attached with the tripod design for the m/14,[1] and so the designation for the overall weapon was the Ksp m/14-29. Up to 274 units were produced by the Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori between 1930 to 1936.[2]

In 1932, the new 8x63mm sk ptr cartridge m/32 round was adopted by the Swedish military.[2][3] Starting in 1936, the Ksp m/14-29 were upgraded to fire the new 8 mm cartridge. The machine guns firing the new round were redesignated as the Ksp m36 and these were placed on either the new Lavett soft mounts or the m/14 tripods.[2]

Media

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See also

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External links

References
  1. Janson 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Segel 2012
  3. McCollum 2012
Bibliography
  • Janson, Olof. "The Swedish machineguns before 1950." Gothia Arms Historical Society, 30 Apr. 2020, Website.
  • McCollum, Ian. "Swedish Kulspruta m/36" Forgotten Weapons, 15 Jun. 2012, Website.
  • Segel, Robert G. "Swedish Medium Machine Guns System Browning" Small Arms Review, 02 Feb. 2012, Website.


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Germany 
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7.7 mm  Vickers
7.92 mm  BESA
12.7 mm  L21A1
Japan 
6.5 mm  Type 91
7.62 mm  Type 74
7.7 mm  Type 97
12.7 mm  Type 60 (B)
China 
7.62 mm  Type 86
12.7 mm  QJC88A
Italy 
7.62 mm  Beretta MG42/59 · FN MAG 60-40
8 mm  Breda Mod. 38
13.2 mm  Breda Model 31
France 
7.5 mm  AAT-52 · MAC 31
7.62 mm  A-A-F1N
Sweden 
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