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Lot 1569: Class III.NFA Danish Madsen M50 SMG

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

Danish Model 50 Fully Automatic Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun with Original Magazine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $13,000 - $19,000

Danish Model 50 Fully Automatic Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun with Original Magazine

Manufacturer: Madsen
Model: 50
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 8 inch round
Finish: black paint
Stock: steel
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 306
Class: Class III

This is an exceptional example of a late production Danish Model 50 submachine gun chambered in 9 mm Luger. The Model 50 is actually an update version of the earlier M1946 produced right after WWII. Both used many of the wartime expedient stamped steel manufacturing processed parts developed during WWII. The really interesting aspect of this model is that it is manufactured from two separate stamped steel receiver halves that are hinged at the rear of the receiver and are held together on the front end by the barrel nut. Although it seems very unconventional, it proved to be an extremely reliable and accurate submachine gun based on demonstrated military testing performed in Canada in November 1950 that was witnessed by the Canadian, British, U.S. Army and Danish representatives. In that test, a single M50 SMG successfully test fired over 20K rounds of ammunition in a little over 2 1/2 hours with no failures. As noted, it uses many stamped steel parts except for the barrel and bolt, both of which are machined. It has a right side, folding wire type stock, a grip safety behind the magazine well, and side mounted sling swivels. It has a simple non-adjustable peep rear sight on the rear of the receiver and a blade front sight. The side of the receiver is stamped with serial number "44465" followed by "MADSEN M50 9mm" and lower on the receiver "MADE IN DENMARK". It comes with one original 30 round stick magazine, an original leather sling, and still retains the original leather cover on the wire stock.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 98% plus of the arsenal black painted type finish showing only minor edge and high spot wear mixed with a few scratches here and there. As noted, it still retains 90% of the fragile leather wrapping the wire stock with only light surface scuffing at the corners and rear of the stock. The leather sling is in like new condition. A really nice high condition Danish Madsen M50 SMG. NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.

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