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Király Danuvia Submachine Guns & Machine Pistols

Király Danuvia Submachine Gun Model 1939
Király Géppisztoly / Danuvia Gépkarabély 39.Minta

Danuvia 39.M on top


Danuvia 43.M on bottom

Made by Danuvia Gépgyár, Budapest, 1939-43
Quantity: approx. 11,000 (not all sources agree)
Caliber: 39.M 9x25mm Mauser. Delayed blowback, selective fire
Muzzle velocity 425-463 m/sec, Cyclic rate: 730-780 rpm
40-round staggered row foldable/detachable box magazine
1046mm [41.2"] overall, 500mm [19.68"] barrel
Weight 3.7kg [8.2 lbs], 4.15kg with loaded mag
Effective range 600m
Tangent ramp type rear sight graduated 50-600 meters

This submachine gun (sometimes referred to as Roham Puska - Sturmgewehr, also called 'Machine Carbine') was designed in 1937 and adopted for service by the Honvédség (Hungarian Army) on 8/12/1939. The weapon had a 500mm [19.7"] carbine-length barrel to increase accuracy. The design of this weapon, which is chambered for the 9mm Mauser cartridge, is credited to Danuvia's engineer, Pál D. Király and resembles in many respects that of the Swiss SIG MKMO and MKMS (shown on the left) submachine guns. Any resemblance to the Beretta M1938 is only skindeep. Previously Pál Király was an engineer at SIG and he was the co-designer of the MKMO. The folding magazine system of the Model 39 is similar to that of the SIG MKMO. The magazine, even when loaded, can be folded forward into a recess in the stock, where a plate then slides over it. The folded in magazine was liked by the troops, because enemy spotters could not differentiate between regular rifles and machine guns from the distance.

In 1940 1566 39.M's were ordered for the Police [Rendőrség] and Gendarmerie [Csendőrség], however the Honvédség liked it so much, that they withheld this first shipment for their own use. The gun functioned well under subzero conditions on the Russian front. The only complaint was the inconsistency of ammunition supply, because this was the only weapon on the front issued with the 9mm Mauser cartridge.
Cartridge dimensions: Case Length: 24.9mm [.980"], Rim Dia.: 9.9mm [.389"], Overall 35mm [1.377"] long, Bullet Wgt: 125gr/8.15g.

The standard Model 39 submachine gun has a one-piece stock. A version with a folding wooden butt was produced for paratroopers as the Model 39/A (or 39/AM). These guns were supplied with a special carbine sling. 276 folding stock guns were delivered in 1940.

Function: The fire selector/safety is the circular cap located on the rear of the receiver and is operated by rotating the cap to align with one of the three settings: 'E' for semiautomatic fire, 'S' for full automatic fire and 'Z' for safe setting.
Direct translation E = Egyenként (one-by-one), S = Sorozat (in-a-row), Z = Zárva (closed).
After a loaded magazine is inserted, a bolt handle is pulled back, the bolt stays in the rear position. After the trigger is pulled, a spring loaded bolt moves forward, pushes a cartridge into the chamber, and the firing pin is released initiating the firing. Blowback gas starts the reloading process again. The weight of the heavy bolt carrier provides the necessary delay. At the single shot (semi-auto) setting, the bolt stays in the rear position.

This Submachine Gun was issued with a standard 35.M type Sword bayonet. 480mm overall, 340mm long double edged blade. 15mm dia socket sleeve.