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FliegerDoppelpistole
Fliegerbeobachter-Doppelpistole
Country of origin

Switzerland

Manufacturer(s)

Waffenfabrik Bern

Designer(s)

Adolf Furrer

Year(s) designed

1940

Weapon type

Submachine gun
Observer's gun

Caliber

7.65×21mm Parabellum

Action

Toggle lock
Delayed blowback

Overall length

29.9 inches (76 centimetres)

Barrel length

7.8 inches (20 centimetres)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

×2 40-round magazines

Cyclic rate

1900rpm

Maximum effective range

200m

The Fliegerbeobachter-Doppelpistole, often shortened to Flieger-Doppelpistole, was a Swiss double-barreled submachine gun produced by W+F Bern.

HistoryEdit

The Doppelpistole was designed by Adolf Furrer in 1940 as a weapon for aircraft observers. Since the role of the aircraft observer was made obsolete by modern aircraft, the Doppelpistole never saw extensive use in this role. Stocked versions were instead fielded in limited numbers by the Swiss Army. Production of the Doppelpistole was brief and the weapon was succeeded by the more practical Furrer MP41.

DesignEdit

The Doppelpistole was a toggle-action, blowback-operated submachine gun. The action was basically that of an upside-down Luger, with the toggle locks located on the underside of the gun and the magazines being fed into the top of the receiver. The spent casings were ejected straight downwards. It fired from an open bolt.

Unconventionally, the Doppelpistole featured twin barrels with separate firing mechanisms allocated to them, linked to a single central trigger mechanism. The weapon could not fire from both barrels at once; a selector switch on the side of the receiver would allow the user to control which barrel was fired from. It also featured a fire selector that included automatic, semi-automatic, and safety modes.

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