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The Cristóbal Carbine is an assault rifle/carbine hybrid designed by Hungarian weapons designer Pál Király (who also designed the Kiraly Submachine Gun) after he resettled in the Dominican Republic following the Second World War. It was manufactured by the Armería San Cristóbal Weapon Factory. The first version of Cristobal carbine was called the "Model 1," and it was produced over a short period in 1949-1950. It was almost identical to the Danuvia 44.M submachine gun prototype (including its perforated barrel shroud, and with additional folding metal stock). It was quickly replaced by the better-known improved "Model 2." Internally, the Model 2 is similar to the Kiraly 44.M, but externally it resembles the Beretta Model 38, which was also manufactured under license by the Dominican Republic.
In 1962, La Armeria developed a new version of the Cristobal carbine, the Model 1962, with a shorter barrel and a frame fitted with a perforated radiator. The M1962 was produced from 1962 until 1965, and had both a folding metal and a fixed wooden buttstock versions.
Király also developed the Cristobal Model 3 in 1961 as a competitor with the FN FAL. The Modelo 3 (or 'Mk 3') discarded the original wooden hand guard for a perforated sheetmetal fore-end and the gun could accept an FN export-pattern knife bayonet. A number of guns were also made with a tubular folding buttstock. It was chambered for 7.62X51mm NATO ammo and feeds from a 20-round detachable box magazine. But the new Dominican government was not interested in weapon manufacturing and the M3 was not adopted by the Dominican Armed Forces. Only less than 1000 rifles for trials was made.
It is a common error to confuse the Cristóbal M2 with the M1 Carbine due to the same cartridge and cosmetic similarities, but these two guns are quite different.
Model 1: (1949 - 1950)
Model 2: (1950 - 1961)
Model 3: (1961 only)
Model 1962: (1962 - 1965)
- Type: Carbine
- Caliber: .30 Carbine, 7.62X51mm NATO (M3)
- Weight: 7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
- Length: 37.2 in (94.5 cm)
- Barrel length: 15.9 in (40.5 cm)
- Feed System: 25, 30-round box magazine, 20-round box magazine (M3)
- Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto
The Cristobal Carbine and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|I Am Cuba (Soy Cuba)||Cuban guerrillas||M2 with straight magazines||1964|
|Sorcerer||Oil company guards||M2 with straight magazines||1977|