This weapon was an enlarged version of the 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun Model 1914, which had a very good reputation. The model 1930 was proposed to the army as an infantry weapon, but rejected because of the problems the heavy ammunition would create in regard to the resupply.
In the Maginot line, it served as an anti-boat weapon (in many Rhine casemates) and fulfilled an AT role in the North-Eastern (Vosges) area.
The reason for installing it in these regions was that some casemates had firing chambers which were too small for either a 37mm or a 47mm AT gun.
It was not used in ouvrages.
|Weight||around 38 kg|
|Armour penetration||18mm/30° at 500 meters|
|Rate of fire||450 rpm (practical)|
|Muzzle velocity||800 m/sec|
|Magazine capacity||30 rounds|
It was mounted in an articulated frame or in a way the 47mm and 37mm AT guns were mounted: suspended from a double rail.
The weapon was automatic-only, gas operated and air-cooled. The effective range was 800 meters (max. range around 2,5km’s).