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Modèle1950
CEAM Modèle 1950
Country of origin

France

Manufacturer(s)

CEAM

Designer(s)

Ludwig Vorgrimler
Theodor Löffler

Production began

1949

Production ended

1950

Weapon type

Assault rifle

Caliber

.30 Carbine

Action

Roller-delayed blowback

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

30-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

Approx. 700 RPM

The CEAM Modèle 1950 was a prototype assault rifle chambered in .30 Carbine. It was developed by Centre d'Etudes et d'Armement de Mulhouse (CEAM) of France during the late 1940s/early 1950s, as a development of the German StG 45(M) assault rifle.

Prototypes were chambered in 7.92×33mm Kurz and a pair of experimental French cartridges developed by Cartoucherie de Valence, 7.65×35mm and 7.5×38mm (the latter utilizing a partially aluminium bullet), before the design was finalized in the .30 Carbine chambering.

Due to economic considerations, with France fighting the Indochina War and being the second biggest NATO contributor, the weapon was cancelled.

Co-designer Ludwig Vorgrimler then left for Spain, where he further developed the concept into the CETME rifle, which in turn was developed into the Heckler & Koch G3.

VariantsEdit

CEAM Modèle 1949Edit

Chambered in the 7.92×33mm Kurz round. Fed from 30-round magazines and had a cyclic rate of 500 to 520 RPM.

CEAM Vorgrimler Model 1Edit

Chambered in the 7.65×35mm and 7.65×38mm French rounds. Fed from 30-round magazines and had a cyclic rate of 520 to 600 RPM.

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