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Old March 23, 2002, 10:10 AM   #1
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Madsen M50

Has anyone used the Madsen M50 9mm subgun? If so, how did you like it?
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Old March 26, 2002, 03:56 PM   #2
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Yup--A few hundred rounds only.

Friend of mine used to have one, and we'd take it out with some other full auto stuff from time to time. Simple, durable, reliable, easy to strip.

I seem to recall it was quite controllable for an uncompensated gun. Cyclic rate was low--Probably 450--500 rounds per minute. I think he only had two magazines and this particular gun was reliable with both.

Ergonomics were poor, though--The safety required manipulation with the non-shooting hand, and you could not fire it one handed without making arrangements to defeat the "grip safety," behind the magazine well. I mean, what reader of comic books or watcher of action movies would tolerate a submachine gun you couldn't one-hand like a big pistol? (Most of my SMG experience has been on the Thompsons and MACs, which undoubtedly colors my perceptions of "proper" SMG control layout.)

This was in the mid-1980s to early '90s. The M50 was about a $400 gun back then--less as a dealer sample. Just didn't seem worthwhile to pay half that amount to register one. Wish I had a dozen of 'em NOW, to use as trading stock!

All this is very subjective in recall. I never made a study of the gun--Looked it up in Small Arms of the World when friend first got it. Some pretty good photos in International Armament, vol 2, I believe. I seem to recall the gun was pretty popular in Central and South America for a time.

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Old March 27, 2002, 09:22 AM   #3
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I was interested to hear other people's experience with these guns. I have shot one a fair amount and liked it. It is controlable and easy to shoot. Novices take to it quickly, and mags are still pretty cheap. I wonder what one would do with a scope mounted on it somehow?
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Old March 27, 2002, 12:16 PM   #4
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Interesting thought - - -

I don't think I've ever seen a scope mounted on a subgun which fired from open bolt. The MP-5 series seem to do okay with low power scope sights, but probably better with red-dot sights of various marques.

As discussed in a prior thread, hits with an SMG at longish ranges are feasible, shooting on semi. I was able to get decent "area fire" with Jim's Madsen, but only by leaning where to hold and firing two- to four-round bursts.

I can't think of any kind of clamp-on scope mount that would work on a Madsen, and I'm notr sure if I'd want to drill or weld a mounting plate in place on a "collectable" gun. Of course, if you had an old beater you got cheap - - -

I dunno. Never gave it any thought, to tell the truth.

Let us know what you decide.

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