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7.92mm FAO
Type Light machine gun
Place of origin Czechoslovakia/Spain
Service history
Used by Spain
Wars Ifni War
Production history
Designed 1951
Produced 1951-1958
Number built 10,508
Weight 9.10 kg (20.06 lb)
Length 1,180 mm (46.5 in)

Cartridge 7.92×57mm Mauser
7.62×51mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, tilting breechblock
Rate of fire 600-650 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 850 m/s (2,789 ft/s)
Effective range 1,000 m (1,100 yd)
Feed system 20-round detachable box magazine

The Fusil ametrallador Oviedo is a Spanish copy of the ZB vz. 26 and ZB vz. 30 Czechoslovak light machine guns.[1]


In 1943, Francoist Spain ordered 7.92×57mm Mauser ZB vz. 30 machine guns to the German-occupied Zbrojovka Brno but received only 100 guns. It was decided to produce a copy in Oviedo. The first prototype was built in 1951 and production began. 10.508 were produced until 1958 and Egypt received 700 of them.[2] Some were modified in 1959 to use a 7.62×51mm NATO 50-round belt loaded in a drum.[3] This modified variant, sometimes used on a tripod, was known as the FAO Model 59.[1]


The FAO was nicknamed Pepito[2] and saw service during the Ifni War against the Moroccan Army of Liberation. It was replaced by the MG 42/59 (MG1).[4]


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