Mongo, who runs WeaponBlueprints.com, sent us beautiful photos of his nifty Kulsprutegevar M/37 Machine Gun, which was issued with a stylish action cover for transport. He writes …

Here is an action cover that also serves as a snow shoe for the bipod of a Swedish Kulsprutegevar m/37 machine gun. Sounds like some of you may need them for your guns according the the weather reports.

The M/37 was an interesting gun. Based on the Browning M1918 BAR, it saw service right up to 1980 when it was finally replaced with the FN MAG. The M/39 was naturally chambered in 6.5x55mm Swedish.

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  • The_Champ

    It’s amazing how many of John Browning’s designs from the early part of the century soldiered on through most of the 1900s….and some beyond that.

  • G0rdon_Fr33man

    Kulsprutgevær, litteraly “bullet spraying gun”. Swedish for machinegun. Such an amusing name I just had to point that out…

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Which is even more amusing if directly translated into Norwegian, which would then mean “Cool squirt gun”.

    • Anon. E Maus

      Actually “kulsprutegevär” would directly translate to “bulletspray rifle”

      The Swedish term for machinegun would be “maskingevär”, similar to the German “Maschinengewehr”

  • gunsandrockets

    In 6.5mm, I bet that is one sweet shooting BAR!

    • Yes it is extremely controllable and very low recoil.

  • Rimfire

    Wow, never knew of this gun. Thanks for explaining it so well. A BAR in 6.5 Swede, sounds like a must have item.

  • Harrison Jones

    I love the BAR, but man I’m digging the refined appearance of this gun.

  • Anomanom

    Grip looks a lot better than the original that’s for sure.

  • Joshua

    pretty sure this version also has a quick change barrel, which was a marked improvement over the original once it was shifted from an Automatic Rifle to a LMG

    • Yes it does have a quick change barrel.

    • anonymous

      It’s pretty amazing, in that, it seems just about every other country outside of the U.S. which adopted this rifle, built it with a quick change barrel, EXCEPT the good ole U.S.A. 🙂 Why was that…hahahaha just makes no sense, since this seemed to be the ONLY major complaint heard about this fine firearm.?

  • toms

    A guy locally has one for sale but he wants 30k for it! The gun shoots well, low recoil and more finessed recoil from the polished internals/ quality parts compared to a BAR or FND. The 20 round mag or whatever it is a joke though and it feels as heavy as a barrett.

  • Anonymoose

    Kinda looks like the bastard child of a BAR and a PKM.

  • Pete Sheppard

    Paging Ian @ Forgotten Weapons…

  • gusto

    The best part is hearing people who have been in the service for a long time talk about when we did the switch from 6,5 to nato standard 308. stockpile after stockpile was just free to shoot up, people tlaking about bending barrels with their hands and whatnot.

    surplus 9mm is still a big part of swedish shooting comps, tons of it floating around even if it is technically illegal

    • Anon. E Maus

      I don’t think the m/39b loadings of 9mm are illegal, but most don’t bother shooting them, while they’re very cheap, they also put greatly accelerated wear on your gun, some old designs (such as the Lathi, Sig P210 or Luger), simply doesn’t tolerate the use of this ammo and is unsafe to shoot it from.

  • Swede

    Haven’t heard it before but It might well be true that it remained in service up to 1980. However the FN MAG has been in the Swedish army since 1958 (as the Ksp58). The Ksp58 came with 6.5 barrels during the first years of service. And I’m told by older service members that when the switch to .308 came, we just updated the barrels.

  • HiPowerGuy

    Very interesting, ( and frustrating ) that just about every other country that adopted this fine weapon, other than the U.S. built it with a quick change barrel. And the U.S. was the original country of adoption!! Just made no sense, NONE 🙂 But then, there are many others that do not also in the US government.