This particular example is in excellent condition. Developed in 1896 in Denmark by Captain W. O. Madsen of the Danish artillery - and adopted by Denmark in 1903 - the Madsen was produced to an unusual design. Considered a reliable weapon it was recoil operated and offered a theoretical cyclic rate of 450 rounds per minute, loaded via an overhead magazine.
Used during the First World War, the Madsen was deployed in 1914 by the German Army in 7.92mm calibre.
Sold to 34 different countries in a dozen different calibres. One model was made for the Dutch East Indies Forces, which were captured and used by the Japanese.
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