Model 45A Image Type Battle rifle
Light machine gun
Place of origin United States
Production history Designer Melvin Johnson
Designed 1945 Specifications Cartridge .30-06 Caliber 7.62mm Barrels 1 Action Gas Feed system 20 round detatchable box magazine Sights Optical
The Model 45A was a battle rifle / light machine gun developed by the United States Army in the Philippines in 1945. The weapon existed in prototype or mockup form, but never entered production. The rifle was sparsely documented until Tom Laemlein encountered a number of annotated photographs of the rifle in the archives of the United States Army Signal Corps.
The rifle was constructed in bullpup configuration, utilising the magazine from the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle. Rather than iron sights, it featured an integral scope. Its purpose is unclear, but it is alternately described as a "experimental .30 caliber LMG" or a "field expedient .30 cal."
- Philippines: Philippine Commonwealth Army & Philippine Constabulary
- United States: United States Army Signal Corps
- Tom Laemlein. The Incredible U.S. Model 45A. Small Arms Review, January 2010.
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