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Howard Francis machine carbine
Type Carbine / Submachine gun
Place of origin  United Kingdom
Production history
Designer Howard Francis
Weight 3.7 kg
Length 812 mm
Barrel length 324 mm

Cartridge 7.63x25mm Mauser
Caliber 7.63mm
Rate of fire Semi automatic
Feed system 12 round box magazine
Sights Iron

The Howard Francis Self-Loading Carbine was a conversion from a No. 1 Mk III SMLE to the 7.63x25mm Mauser pistol cartridge.[1] It fired in semi-automatic only and suffered some feeding and extraction problems and, despite meeting accuracy and soundness of design concept, never made it past prototype stage. Very light and very short carbine.


  1. Special Service Lee Enfields: Commando and Auto Models by Ian Skennerton. Published by Ian D Skennerton, 2001. ISBN 0-949749-37-0.

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