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Standschütze Hellriegel

The Standschütze Hellriegel was designed in 1915 in Austria-Hungary and could be classified as one of the first submachine guns. It operated similarly to a conventional belt-fed machine gun, but was chambered for 9mm Steyr and was much more portable than a machine gun. It could be fired from the hip with ease and was about the size and dimensions of a rifle. The barrel was water-cooled, which probably added a lot of weight. An interesting concept that never got beyond prototype stages, if the Hellriegel design had been further developed then there could have been many more interesting guns to come out of it.

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