Ksp m/14-29 (6.5 mm)
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
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.
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
- Can still perform task as a machine gun against exposed crew members
- Smaller calibre than the usual, producing even less penetration values (5 mm point-blank)
- Low rate of fire
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, and so the designation for the overall weapon was the Ksp m/14-29. Up to 274 units were produced by the between 1930 to 1936.
In 1932, the new 8x63mm sk ptr cartridge m/32 round was adopted by the Swedish military. 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.
An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.
Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
- references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.
- Janson 2020
- Segel 2012
- McCollum 2012
- 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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