Danuvia 39M submachine gun file photo [21306]

Danuvia 39M Submachine Gun

Country of OriginHungary
TypeSubmachine Gun
Caliber9.000 mm
Capacity40 rounds
Length953.000 mm
Barrel Length424.000 mm
Weight3.630 kg
Rate of Fire750 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity450 m/s


ww2dbasePál D. Király of the Danuvia Company of Hungary designed 39M submachine guns in the late 1930s. Among the first prospective customers Danuvia sought after was the British military, which purchased a license to built a small number by the Birmingham Small Arms Company; some weapons were built, but ultimately the design would not be accepted for British military use. Production of 39M submachine guns in Hungary began in 1940, and the first delivery was made to the Hugarian Army in 1941. In 1943, the 43M variant design was completed; weapons of the 43M variant design had skeleton folding stocks rather than the rifle-like full stocks found with 39M weapons, had forward-pointing magazines, wooden stocks, and pistol grips. A number of 43M weapons were used by German troops under the designation of MP 43(u). Between 1939 and 1945, between 8,000 and 10,000 examples of 39M and 43M designs were built; many were captured by the Soviets during the war.

Source: Ian Hogg, The Encyclopedia of Infantry Weapons of World War II ww2dbase

Last Major Revision: Jul 2014


Hungarian soldiers in the Carpathian Mountains region of eastern Hungary, 1944; note 39M submachine gun

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Hungarian soldiers in the Carpathian Mountains region of eastern Hungary, 1944; note 39M submachine gun

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