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Lahti-Saloranta M/26
Country of origin

Finland

Manufacturer(s)

VKT

Designer(s)

Aimo Lahti
Arvo Saloranta

Year(s) designed

1925

Production began

1927

Production ended

1942

Weapon type

Light machine gun

Caliber

7.62×53mmR

Action

Shortrecoil operation

Overall length

43.7 inches (110.9 cm)

Barrel length

19.7 inches (50 cm)

Weight

20.5 pounds (9.3 kg)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20 round detachable box magazine
75 round detachable drum magazine

Cyclic rate

450 to 550 RPM

Maximum effective range

400m

Used by

Finnish Army

The Lahti-Saloranta M/26 is a machine gun made by VKT.

HistoryEdit

The M/26 was selected for the Army's usage after it won a competition. Production was then started at VKT in 1927, where it lasted until 1942. More than 5000 weapons were produced during this timespan. China ordered 30,000 of these weapons chambered in 7.92×57mm Mauser, but only 1,200 were delivered due to Japanese diplomatic pressure.

Due to problems, the gun was not used as often as captured Soviet Degtyaryov machine guns. Due to this, there were only 3000 M/26s compared to the 9000 DPs on the field.

Design DetailsEdit

The M/26 was infamous for being hard to clean, due to it having a whopping 188 parts, is heavy and had a low capacity. Due to this, it was nicknamed "Kootut virheet", meaning "Assorted mistakes". In spite of it having that many parts, proficient gunners took a liking to it due to its exceptional accuracy. With oiling adapters for Winter usage, the M/26 turned out to be very reliable.

VariantsEdit

The M/26 has one major variant, the M/26-31, which could fit a 75-round drum magazine.

ReferencesEdit

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