The Danish Madsen firm (Dansk Industri Syndikat) just never quite hit the big-time. They built lots of interesting, good firearms, but never quite came up with something that became really iconic.  The M/50 is a good example of this track record – it was functionally a pretty ordinary open-bolt submachine gun, but had some innovative features. The receiver – including magazine well and grip – was made  from two large pressings, which were hinged together at the back and held together by the barrel nut.

Madsen disassembled

Certainly makes for easy maintenance. Doesn’t leave much to salvage when they’re chopped up as parts kits for US import, though. They sold reasonably well, but never really took off.


Madsen M/50 SMG Handbook (English)


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  1. Hi, Loved your video. My question is were there different models of the Madsen m-50? not the M-53. My research says it used a single stack 32 round magazine. Many years ago I bought a M-50 parts kit and wanted to build it as a non-firing display gun. Here in Illinois you can’t own live machine guns. My parts kit didn’t have a magazine. I’ve just started welding up my kit. I saw a M-50 magazine listed for sale by Apex Gun Parts and bought one. But, it’s a double stack mag and won’t fit into the mag well. I hope you have some answers or suggestions. Thanks, Garry

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