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Madsen m/62 LAR


Battle Rifle Prototype (1962)


Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

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The LAR became the last notable firearms attempt by the storied Madsen gun company of Denmark - it failed to find any global takers.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/12/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
Designed during 1957-1962, Dansk Industri Syndikat (Madsen) developed an all-new, all-modern "Battle Rifle" to satisfy the growing global need for a reliable automatic weapon firing the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. World War 2 (1939-1945) saw a concerted shift from the manually-operated bolt-action rifles of old and towards Self-Loading Rifles (SLRs) and similar types - giving the individual infantryman greater firepower when on-the-move. The Danish rifle was of largely conventional design nature, relying on a gas-operated system, feeding from a 20-round detachable box magazine, and sighted through iron sights seated over the receiver and barrel.

The gun's layout was traditional with a wooden buttstock (later a steel tube form was used), wooden forend, and underslung pistol grip. The trigger unit was integrated to the grip handle and the magazine feed lay just ahead, positioned under the receiver within easy reach. The charging handle lay over the left side of the receiver and the gas cylinder sat over the barrel assembly (as in the AK-47). The assembly was capped by a flash suppressor.

The rifle was influenced some by the proven - and hugely popular - Soviet Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle of the immediate post-World War 2 years and competed with excellent contemporaries like the Belgian FN FAL and West German Heckler & Koch G3 lines. The Soviet incarnation was known for its reliability and simplicity, making it commonplace in many parts of the world and featured in many global, regional, and local conflicts. However, the Danish approach took a lighter approach, utilizing lighter weight alloys in its construction to make for a handier weapon when compared to the Soviet AK-47.

Despite the work, this Battle Rifle was not adopted. A version intended for the Finnish Army materialized in 7.62x39mm M43 chambering feeding from a 30-round AK-style curved magazine but the service eventually turned in the direction of a local design, the Valmet M62. In the end, the Battle Rifle - with its full-power rifle cartridge - eventually fell out of favor as the standard-issue long gun in the West as more and more countries committed to the "Assault Rifle" - centered on an intermediate cartridge. A classic example of the period is the American M-16.

Battle Rifles did, however, continue to serve in second-line roles and became a preferred weapon for snipers and marksmen for their man-stopping capabilities at range.

Specifications



Service Year
1962

Origin
Denmark national flag graphic
Denmark

Classification


Battle Rifle Prototype


Dansk Industri Syndikat AS Madsen - Denmark
National flag of Denmark National flag of Finland Denmark (intended); Finland (intended)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Automatic Function
Features a mechanical function to automate the firing action.


Overall Length
1,080 mm
42.52 in
Barrel Length
533 mm
20.98 in
Empty Wgt
10.58 lb
4.80 kg
Sights


Iron Front and Rear.


Action


Gas-Operated

Gas-Operated
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
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Caliber(s)*


7x62x51mm NATO; 7.62x39mm M43

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 7.62x39mm rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed


20- or 30-round detachable box magazine.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Rate-of-Fire
600
rds/min
Muzzle Velocity
2,650 ft/sec
(808 m/sec)


m/62 - Intended in-service designation.


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