Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62

 

Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62, caliber 7.62x51 NATO, fixed butt
Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62, caliber 7.62×51 NATO, fixed butt

Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62, caliber 7.62x51 NATO, fixed butt
Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62, caliber 7.62×51 NATO, fixed butt

Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62, caliber 7.62x51 NATO, folding butt
Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62, caliber 7.62×51 NATO, folding butt

Madsen light automatic rifle LAR, caliber 7.62x39 M43 Soviet, made for Finnish assault rifle trials
Madsen light automatic rifle LAR, caliber 7.62×39 M43 Soviet, made for Finnish assault rifle trials

 

 

Specification Value
Full text name Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62
Caliber cartridge 7.62x51 NATO / .308 Winchester
Action type select-fire
Trigger type sa
Overall length, mm 1074
Barrel length, mm 536
Weight empty, kg 4,3
Magazine capacity, rounds 20
Cyclic rate of fire, rounds/min 550-600

Famous Danish company Dansk Industrie Sindikat (DISA) “Madsen” developed a modern prototype automatic rifle in late 1950s. Apparently, early models were made in caliber 7.62×39 M43 Soviet, to participate in Finnish army trials for new assault rifle. Later on, circa 1959, same weapon was reworked to fire larger and much more powerful 7.62×51 NATO ammunition, and in this form it was offered for any interested buyer as Madsen Light Automatic Rifle, LAR M/62. Apparently, this weapon failed to attract any serious buyers, and it soon went into oblivion.

Madsen light automatic rifle LAR M/62 is a gas operated, selective fire weapon which fired from closed bolt. It uses rotary bolt locking and a long stroke piston gas system, with manual gas regulator. Receiver of the gun is made from aluminum alloy, with separate trigger unit / pistol grip attached below. Manual safety / selector switch is located on the left side of pistol grip. Rifle is fitted either with fixed wooden butt or with side-folding tubular metallic butt.

Special thanks to A.E.Hartink (Denmark) for photos of the Maden LAR rifle.

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