CEAM Modèle 1950

The CEAM Modèle 1950 was a prototype assault rifle chambered in the .30 Carbine round. It was developed by Centre d'Etudes et d'Armement de Mulhouse (CEAM) of France during the late 1940s/early 1950s, as a development of the German StG 45(M) assault rifle. The three initial prototypes, designated Modèle 1, were chambered in 7.92×33mm Kurz, 7.65×35mm (an experimental French cartridges developed by Cartoucherie de Valence), and .30 Carbine. All succeeding prototypes (Modèle 1949, Modèle II, and the definitive Modèle 1950) were chambered in .30 Carbine. All versions of the design included a combined bipod/handguard and a folding buttstock.[1] Due to economic considerations, with France fighting the Indochina War and being the second biggest NATO contributor, the weapon was cancelled. Co-designer Ludwig Vorgrimler then left for Spain, where he further developed the concept into the CETME rifle, which in turn was developed into the Heckler & Koch G3.

CEAM Modèle 1950
The CEAM Modèle 1950
TypeAssault rifle
Place of originFrance
Production history
DesignerTheodor Löffler and Ludwig Vorgrimler
ManufacturerCentre d'Etudes et d'Armement de Mulhouse (CEAM)
VariantsModèle 1, Modèle 1949, Modèle II
Mass4.33 kg (9.5 lb)[1]
Length905 mm (35.6 in), 658 mm (25.9 in) with stock folded[1]
Barrel length425 mm (16.7 in)[1]

Cartridge.30 Carbine
7.92×33mm Kurz, 7.65×35mm, 7.5×38mm in early prototypes
ActionRoller-delayed blowback[1]
Rate of fire520 rpm[1]
Muzzle velocity610 m/s (2,000 ft/s)[1]
Feed system30-round detachable box magazine[1]
SightsIron sights

See also


  1. Johnston, Gary Paul; Nelson, Thomas B. (2010). The World's Assault Rifles. Lorton, VA: Ironside International Publishers, Inc. pp. 278–280. ISBN 9780935554007.
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