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Furrer Model 1919

Furrer Model 1919 submachine gun

Furrer Model 1919
Furrer Model 1919

This was one of a series of 7.65mm toggle-action submachine guns designed by Col. Adolf Furrer-K├Ągi, the superintendent of the Swiss state arsenal Waffenfabrik Bern, shortly after World War I. Like most of Furrer's designs, the Model 1919 submachine gun operated on a toggle-action principle derived from the Luger pistol, which was the standard Swiss officer's pistol at the time. Furrer decided to place the toggle lock on its side, with the lock facing out from the left and the long, 40-round magazine being inserted on the right. Due to the placement of the toggle lock, the barrel was not centered with the stock and was actually tethered off to the right side of the gun, with the sights aligned accordingly. As with most toggle-action guns, the Model 1919 was recoil operated with a reciprocating barrel. The action of this gun was particularly violent compared to the blowback action used by the Villar Perosa and Bergmann SMGs. Some of these guns were fitted enormous foregrips that could act as a fixed stand for the gun.

A small number of Model 1919 submachine guns were built in the early 1920s by Waffenfabrik Bern but the design was too expensive and impractical to enter full production, especially when contrasted with the SIG-Bergmann submachine gun that was being produced by Bern's rival SIG around the same period.

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