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ALFA M44 machine gun
Alfa 44 Ejército español.jpg
Type Medium machine gun
Place of origin  Spain
Service history
Used by Spain
Egypt
Wars Ifni War[1]
Suez Crisis
Six Day War
Production history
Manufacturer Fabrica de Armad de Oviedo
Produced 1944-1962
Specifications
Weight 13 kg (28.66 lb)
Length 1,450 mm (57.1 in)
Barrel length 750 mm (29.5 in)

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
7.92x57mm Mauser
Action Gas-Operated; Automatic Fire Only
Rate of fire 780 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 760 m/s (2,493 ft/s)
Feed system belt
Sights rear aperture, front notch[2]

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.

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A photo of a tripod-mounted ALFA M44 on display at the Batey ha-Osef Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

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Another photo of a tripod-mounted ALFA, captioned as M55, given that it is chambered for the 7.62 x 51mm NATO cartridge.

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