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St. Étienne Mle 1907

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St. Étienne Modèle 1907 - 8x50mmR Lebel

The St. Étienne M1907 is an air-cooled, gas-operated, strip-fed heavy machine gun of French Production, which was in use during World War I and partially World War II. It was developed by the French arms factory Manufacture d’Armes de Saint-Etienne (MAS) in 1906 as compensation for the miserable Puteaux M1905. Like the Hotchkiss rival model, the St. Étienne is a gas-fueled loader. However, the gas piston with a rear-mounted rack is pushed forward, the power transmission to the closure is cumbersome via a gear, the closing spring is largely open under the barrel. The firing cadence of the weapon can with a hydraulic, inherited from the Puteaux predecessor delay device between 500 and 8 rounds / min. be regulated.

This device made the already sensitive to pollution and unreliable weapon additionally complicated. These problems were aggravated by the inferior material added. The steel used was not heat resistant enough; with continued firing either closure parts tended to break or the closing spring tamped. The MG was loaded by laterally supplied loading frames, which bent slightly and represented an additional weak point. A total of 41,000 copies of this weapon were made (30,000 in St. Etienne and 11,000 in Châtellerault).

During World War I it was replaced by the Hotchkiss M1914 Machine Gun because it has too many shortcomings in trench warfare. When the United States entered the war, France equipped the US Army with this machine gun. The remaining copies were sent to the colonies and 4,720 copies for the equipment of the Italian army. To support the reconstruction, the Greek army received in 1917 about 2000 copies, of which later a certain number was installed in the Metaxas Line and were used until the German invasion of 1941. In 1940, it is still in small numbers in the French army in use in the second category units as a fortress or anti-aircraft weapon.


(1907 - 1916)

  • Type: Machine gun
  • Caliber: 8x50mmR Lebel
  • Capacity: 25-round metal strips, 300 ammunition belt (from 1916)
  • Firemodes: Fully automatic (60 to 650 RPM)

The St. Étienne Mle 1907 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Hearts of the World French soldiers 1918
Shock Troop French soldiers 1934
Disappearance of "Oryol" (Gibel "Orla") Viktor Gromov Mikhail Terentyevich Gruzdev 1940
Capitaine Conan French soldiers 1996

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 "Staint-Étienne Mle1907" 2015
Rainbow Six Siege Unusable; seen on background 2015
Squad 44: Letters From The Front "St. Étienne Mle. 1907" Added in 2024 Operation Clean Sweep Update 2018


Title Character Notes Date
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian A German soldier 2011

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