|ALFA M44 machine gun|
|Type||Medium machine gun|
|Place of origin||Spain|
Six Day War
|Manufacturer||Fabrica de Armad de Oviedo|
|Weight||13 kg (28.66 lb)|
|Length||1,450 mm (57.1 in)|
|Barrel length||750 mm (29.5 in)|
|Action||Gas-Operated; Automatic Fire Only|
|Rate of fire||780 rounds/min|
|Muzzle velocity||760 m/s (2,493 ft/s)|
|Sights||rear aperture, front notch|
The Alfa M44 was a Spanish machine gun developed during World War II. At this time, stocks of machine guns ran low and no outside source was available. Non-combatant nations found that the belligerent nations were unable to supply as they were preoccupied with meeting their own wartime production needs. It complimented the ZB-26 light machine gun, and replaced the aging Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun. Originally chambered in 7.92×57mm Mauser, in 1955 an updated version chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO was introduced, and was subsequently issued to Spanish troops, sometimes referred to as the M55. Along with Spain, the M44 was also prominently used by Egypt, whose army had standardised on the 7.92×57mm Mauser round.
- "Algunas armas utilizadas en la guerra de Ifni 1957-1958" (in Spanish). 14 August 2013. https://aquellasarmasdeguerra.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/algunas-armas-utilizadas-en-la-guerra-de-ifni-1957-1958/. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- "ALFA 44 (Ametralladora ALFA Modelo 44) Medium Machine Gun". 9 May 2016. http://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=406. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- Image of an ALFA M44 mounted on a tripod with a distinctive cylindrical hopper for the belt feed
- ALFA Modelo 44
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