Netsch automatic carbine


In 1919 a Slovakian engineer, Josef Netsch, assisted by his son Frantisek, designed a 9mm self-loading carbine that can be said to fall in with the first generation of submachine guns. The Netsch carbine appears to have been influenced by the Italian Revelli-Beretta of 1918, conceptually and in practice. It operated on a blowback action from a straight tubular receiver mounted on a wooden rifle stock, with the barrel was fitted with a folding spike bayonet, although unlike the Beretta it appears to have been fed from small drum magazines underneath the receiver. The Netsch carbine was submitted to testing by the Czech Army but did not elicit sufficient attention to be developed any further than a prototype.

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