|Breda Modello 38|
|Type||Tank Machine Gun|
|Place of origin||Kingdom of Italy|
|Used by||Kingdom of Italy|
|Wars||World War II|
|Manufacturer||Breda Meccanica Bresciana|
|Barrel length||23 in|
|Cartridge||8x59mm RB Breda|
|Rate of fire||600 rounds/min|
|Feed system||24-round vertical box magazine|
The Breda 38 was an Italian tank-pattern machine gun used in World War II. It was able to fit on the available tanks: the Fiat L6/40, the Fiat M11/39, and the Fiat M13/40. It was also adapted as infantry machine gun.
Development[edit | edit source]
The Italians have also adapted it for use as an infantry machine gun. For this purpose the gun is mounted on a machine-gun tripod by means of an adapter, and is fitted with a temporary rear sight on the right of the body and a temporary front sight on the right of the barrel at the muzzle. These temporary open sights take the place of the optical sight used when the gun is tank-mounted.
Design details[edit | edit source]
The gun is air-cooled, gas-operated, and magazine-fed, and has a quick-change barrel. Its operational features are simple, and it is extremely easy to field-strip or disassemble completely. The barrel is sufficiently heavy (9⅞ pounds) to enable it to fire a large number of rounds in quick succession without overheating.
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