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KE7
SIG KE7
Country of origin

Switzerland

Manufacturer(s)

SIG

Designer(s)

Pál de Király
Gotthard End

Year(s) designed

1924

Production began

1929

Production ended

1938

Weapon type

Light machine gun

Caliber

7.92×57mm Mauser

Action

Recoil-operated

Overall length

46.6 inches (118 centimetres)

Barrel length

31.5 inches (80 centimetres)

Weight

17 pounds (7.7 kilograms)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

25 round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

550 RPM

Used by

Republic of China

The KE7 (Kiraly, End, model 7) was a Swiss light machine gun produced by SIG.

HistoryEdit

From 1924 to 1929, Pál de Király and Gotthard End collaborated on a series of prototype self-loading rifles and machine guns, known as the "KE" series. The KE7 was the only of these designs to see production. A very limited quantity was produced in 1929 and sold to the Republic of China. The KE7 was also submitted to Swiss and British machine gun trials, but was adopted by neither country.

Design DetailsEdit

KE7Bipod

The bipod also acts as the front handhold.

The KE7 was a recoil-operated light machine gun that fired from a open bolt; the weapon has wooden furniture. The front handhold of some variants also acts as a bipod and folds open when necessary; other variants have separate bipods fitted. A monopod is said to be able to be attached to the rear if necessary.

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