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Reibel machine gun
Mitrailleuse mle 31.jpg
Preserved mitrailleuse mle 31 in the Saumur armour museum
Type Machine gun
Place of origin  France
Service history
Wars World War II
Production history
Designed 1931
Manufacturer Manufacture d'armes de Châtellerault
Weight 11.8 kg
Length 1.03 m

Cartridge 7.5x54 French
Caliber 7.5 mm
Rate of fire 750 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 830 m/s (with balle C)
Feed system 150 rounds

The Reibel machine gun (official French designation mitrailleuse mle 1931 - "machine gun, model of 1931"), was a machine gun used on French tanks of the World War II era as well as in fortifications such as the Maginot line. It used the 7.5 mm MAS cartridge and was loaded with 150-round drum magazines. The variant used in fortifications was specifically modified with a different rifling to accommodate the balle D heavy ball type of ammunition.


  • Ferrard, Stéphane. France 1940 l'armement terrestre, ETAI, 1998, ISBN 2-7268-8380-X

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