Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Halcon ML-63 submachine gun (Argentine)

Halcon ML-63 submachine gun

Caliber
9x19mm Luger / Parabellum
Weight
3.6 kg
Length (stock closed/open)
500 / 690 mm
Barrel length
170 mm
Rate of fire
600 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity
20 or 42 rounds

Halcon ML-63 submachine gun (Pistola ametralladora Halc√≥n, Modelo Liviano 1963) was developed in 1963 by Argentinean arms-making company Fabrica de Armas Halcon. This weapon saw extensive use by Argentinean armed forces during conflict with Great Britain over Falkland islands. It was also used by Argentinean police until early 1990s.

Halcon ML-63 submachine gun is a simple blowback weapon that fires from closed bolt.It has a sliding "hammer' or striker, which is cocked when bolt closes, and is released when trigger is pressed. It has dual trigger setup, which allows to fire either single shots (front trigger) or full automatic (rear trigger). Charging handle is located on the right side and moves along with the bolt. Weapon is manufactured mostly from steel stampings, and fitted with plain barrel that has a massive muzzle compensator. Magazine housing is extended to provide comfortable forward grip for non-firing hand.  Halcon ML-63 submachine gun was usually equipped with simple telescoping buttstock, made of steel wire, although it can be replaced with detachable fixed wooden butt. Standard iron sights feature L-shaped flip-up rear sight with settings for 50 and 100 meters range.




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