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CEAM Modèle 1950
Type Assault rifle
Place of origin  France
Production history
Designer Theodor Löffler and Ludwig Vorgrimler
Designed 1949
Manufacturer Centre d'Etudes et d'Armement de Mulhouse (CEAM)
Produced 1950
Variants Modèle 1, Modèle 1949, Modèle II
Weight 4.33 kg (9.5 lb)[1]
Length 905 mm (35.6 in), 658 mm (25.9 in) with stock folded[1]
Barrel length 425 mm (16.7 in)[1]

Cartridge .30 Carbine
also 7.92×33mm Kurz, 7.65×35mm, 7.5×38mm in early prototypes
Action Roller-delayed blowback[1]
Rate of fire 520 rpm[1]
Muzzle velocity 610 m/s (2,000 ft/s)[1]
Feed system 30-round box magazine[1]

The CEAM Modèle 1950 was a prototype assault rifle chambered in the .30 Carbine round. It was developed by Centre d'Etudes et d'Armement de Mulhouse (CEAM) of France during the late 1940s/early 1950s, as a development of the German StG 45(M) assault rifle. The three initial prototypes, designated Modèle 1, were chambered in 7.92×33mm Kurz, 7.65×35mm (experimental French cartridges developed by Cartoucherie de Valence), and .30 Carbine. All succeeding prototypes (Modèle 1949, Modèle II, and the definitive Modèle 1950) were chambered in .30 Carbine. All versions of the design included a combined bipod/handguard and a folding buttstock.[1] Due to economic considerations, with France fighting the Indochina War and being the second biggest NATO contributor, the weapon was cancelled. Co-designer Ludwig Vorgrimler then left for Spain, where he further developed the concept into the CETME rifle, which in turn was developed into the Heckler & Koch G3.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Johnston, Gary Paul; Nelson, Thomas B. (2010). The World's Assault Rifles. Lorton, VA: Ironside International Publishers, Inc.. pp. 278–280. ISBN 9780935554007. 

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