Ribeyrolles 1918 Automatic Carbine
The Ribeyrolles 1918 Automatic Carbine is an Automatic Carbine/Light Machine Gun produced in France in 1916. The design looks similar to an SMG, but at the time was used as a LMG and Automatic Rifle. The weapon was produced from 1918 to 1920. It utilized a 25 round magazine and fired between 550 and 600 rounds per minute. The weapon was capable of equipping a bi-pod and a bayonet. Its ammunition, the 8x35mm Ribeyrolles, is a unique intermediate cartridge obtained by mating the projectile of the 8mm Lebel round to a necked down casing of the .351 Winchester Self-Loading round, and was argued by some to be the first purpose-built intermediate cartridge, making the carbine one of the first assault rifles by some definitions.
Despite having features that are ahead of its time, it never saw any service in the war due to having a heavy design and a weak round that were unsuitable for its role as an LMG, and more importantly because it was incredibly unreliable and prone to jamming.
An overall obscure weapon, only one image is known to exist, and most information and the image trace back to research by French military historian Jean Huon. No models are known to have survived to today.
The weapon is not to be confused with the Chauchat-Ribeyrolles 1918 submachine gun.
- Caliber: 8x35mm Ribeyrolles
- Rate of Fire: 550-600
- Capacity: 25
- Range: 500 Meters
The Ribeyrolles 1918 Automatic Carbine and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
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