SIG KE-7 Light Machine Gun (Again!)

Yep, if you do a search through the blog, you’ll find that we’ve talked about the KE-7 twice before. But we have yet more material to add this time! And it’s a great example of a forgotten weapon, too. The KE7 was a light machine gun design developed by Pal Kiraly and a colleague in the 1920s, and it was marketed extensively and unsuccessfully across Europe. It does not seem to have been a bad design, although not an ideal one perhaps. It was recoil operated, with a tilting bolt, and weighed 21.7 pounds unloaded. The caliber would be whatever a country wanted – including .303, 7.65mm, 7.92mm, or 7mm.

SIG KE7 light machine gun disassembled
SIG KE7 light machine gun disassembled
SIG KE7 light machine gun in combat in China
“Reproduction of a view that appeared in “Illustrated London Times” of March 12, 1932. The soldier indicated by an arrow is armed with a KE7 machine gun.”

We have five different original brochures and reports on the KE7, although only one of them is in English (the others are German, Spanish, and French, which goes to show the marketing effort that was put into the gun). You can download all of them free in PDF format from the KE7 page in the Vault, or grab the English one right here:

SIG KE-7 Sales Brochure (English)
SIG KE-7 Sales Brochure (English)