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Carabine-mitrailleuse Ribeyrolles Modèle 1918
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin France
Service history
Used by French Army
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed 1916[citation needed]
Produced 1916 to 1920[citation needed]
Weight 5.1 kg Unloaded[citation needed]
Length 1090 mm[citation needed]
Barrel length 450 mm[citation needed]

Cartridge 8×35mm Ribeyrolle
Action Direct Blow-back[1]
Rate of fire 550–600 rounds per minute[citation needed]
Muzzle velocity 570 m/s[citation needed]
Effective range 400 m[1]
Feed system 25-round box magazine
Sights Graduated sights up to 500 m[citation needed]

The Ribeyrolles 1918 was an attempt to manufacture an automatic rifle for the French forces. It was chambered in the experimental 8×35 mm round, used straight blow-back, was fed from a 25 round magazine and had an effective range of 400 m. The cartridge, arguably the first purpose-built intermediate cartridge, was obtained by necking it down the .351 Winchester Self-Loading.[1] Another source indicates that it was chambered in a cartridge designated 8×32 mmSR.[2]

Its official name was Carabine Mitrailleuse 1918[citation needed] (Machine Carbine 1918 in English); in a 2007 book it appears as "fusil automatique Ribeyrolles 1918".[2] The Ribeyrolles had the distinction of being fitted with a lightweight bipod on the front (which would be meant to be used as a support weapon for a group of soldiers) and a rifle bayonet identical to that of Berthier Model 1907/15.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Assault Rifles And Their Ammunition:". 1943-07-15. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] has info from Jean Huon (2007). Les pistolets mitrailleurs français. Editions Crépin-Leblond. ISBN 978-2-7030-0300-7.  cf. [2]

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