Must Have Gun of the Day: Breda M37

Breda M37

Let’s face facts. You and I along with most of the TTAG readership will never get the opportunity to own a big boy machine gun, and the chances of getting to shoot one aren’t much better. But RAP4 just might have the next best thing in the form of their machine gun paintball markers. The Breda M37 in the photo above will set you back about $4500 plus a nominal shipping fee. That might sound like a lot, but compared to the pricing for a true to life machine gun, that’s a steal! . . .

But the fun doesn’t stop with with the Italian Stallion Breda. Perusing RAP4’s custom marker page, you can see that for (just) a few thousand dollars you can also pick up your very own Browning 1919 clone. RAP 4 has this to say in the product description.

T68 M1919, a paintball-only version of the field machine gun that revolutionized ground and air warfare. This full size, metal reproduction of the M1919 is true to scale, look, and nearly to weight…and comes with a tripod to help you manage the heavy firepower it puts downrange.

The M1919 is known around the world as a symbol of sheer domination. Carried into massive ground battles, it was a force multiplier that secured objectives and obliterated obstacles. Mounted to airplanes, it helped usher in the era of aerial combat…and in Vietnam it turned helicopters into weapon platforms. Now you can bring that look, that image – and something of that firepower – to bear in your next scenario game.

At the heart of RAP4’s T68 M1919 is the proven T68 mechanical system. Used in the award-winning T68 M4-style markers, the open-bolt, precision-tuned action is a standard for reliability. Around that powerhouse we’ve used M1919 blueprints to build the very likeness of its progenitor…

…and then we amped it up with an electronics package to give you open-play-legal semi auto, and true full auto modes of 400+ balls per minute. That’s just like the real thing – that’s As Real as it Gets!

The M1919 draws paint from the attached ammo box, you get a reliable supply of paint from any angle, up or down, sideways for any fire fight condition. The ammo box also helps you keep the opposing force suppressed with its 400+ rounds carrying capacity.

The extended barrel is covered with a heat shield, and the open, metallic sights will help you lock on target at any range. The anti-aircraft swivel mount and tripod affords full articulation, from straight up to straight down, and it can swing around in full circles should your foes get behind you. When it’s time to relocate, quickly disconnect the T68 M1919 from the mount and charge after the action.

Use the T68 M1919 for base defense, or work it into the game as an objective to capture. Mounted in the doorway of a “downed helicopter” or atop a real paintball tank, the T68 M1919 will give your team unstoppable firepower…and the psychological advantage to dominate the field.

I’m not saying that I’d personally spend $2500 on a 1919 clone, but I imagine that over the course of my life, I’ve spent at least the sum of $2500 on dumber pursuits. Pair that thing up with some of RAP 4’s Rubber Training Balls at $0.12 per ball (reusable!) and you have a device that packs a real wallop.

A 30 day wait time, $2500, and you can own your very own full auto 1919. Load it up with paint and get to mowing down other players on the simulated battlefield. If you actually own this beast, drop us a note in the comments and let us know what you think.


  1. avatar Sammy says:

    If you freeze those paint balls they can raise a pretty fine welt.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Frozen paintballs are a myth. Paintballs are essentially filled with oil and antifreeze. It would take liquid nitrogen to actually freeze them.

      1. avatar Sammy says:

        They seem a lot harder. Could it be the “skins”?

        1. avatar joe says:

          i’ve played In zero degree weather, it sure seems like they freeze. they hurt more then the rubber practice balls

        2. avatar Michelle says:

          Plastic definitely becomes less pliable in colder weather. Anyone who’s tried to attach the cord to their phone charger in a -20’F car only to find that it’s become a solid rod can attest to that.

          So while ‘freezing’ paintballs may not freeze the contents, it probably does make them more rigid, and gives them more ‘ouch to the ounce’.

      2. avatar P.M.Lawrence says:

        I suspect it wouldn’t take that much, and that just dry ice would be enough. Possibly, salt and crushed ice could manage it.

  2. avatar jdb says:

    Hmmm. For less than $2,000 you can build a real, semi-auto, M1919. Not select fire, but cheaper and shoots real bullets.
    Still, very cool.

    1. avatar Drew says:

      Probably get you kicked off the paintball course.

  3. avatar Michael Nieto says:

    I think a slide fire like device might work great with a tri pod machine gun like a 1919 if only for giggles

  4. avatar Xanthro says:

    Why? It’s would be better as a prop than turning it into a paintball marker. In that role it is useless outside of giggles in scenario games.
    Seriously, its rate of fire is LOW for a paintball marker. I can sustain 800 rounds a minute. In fact, the limiting factor isn’t my ability to walk the trigger, it’s that you are pretty much capped at 16 rounds a second without forcing the paintball under pressure into the chamber, because only 16 rounds a second can actually feed otherwise.
    I’ve registered over 24 pulls a second, but that is useless as you can’t feed the paintballs fast enough.
    BTW, the weight of the trigger pull is way less that your mouse button, and the travel distance is 1mm or so. Using two fingers it is not that hard to get over 10 rounds per second.

  5. avatar Spectre_USA says:


    Another item to add to the ever increasing list of, “really want, cannot afford.”

    Thanks, Tyler…

  6. avatar GuyFromV says:

    Well, if we’re going this far them maybe a South Korean Super aEgis II sentry gun.

    1. avatar Drew says:

      Phalanx system, automated radar guided what’s not to love?

  7. avatar KingSarc48265 says:

    Pass, I’m with jdb. Building a semi auto clone that fires real bullets would be truckload more sh!ts and giggles than a paint gun.

    1. avatar Jon says:

      True…. or you could use the money to buy yourself a few extra ARs or Shotguns…. if I had that extra money now, I think I’d go with getting a Saiga-12 (or Vepr-12)…. or maybe finally set up a gun trust and buy a nice silencer/suppressor – screw paintballs!

  8. avatar Shire-man says:

    400 balls a minute. Hah hahahaha haha.

  9. avatar Jon says:

    I imagine we’re going to see another one of these in the near future:

  10. avatar Gunr says:

    I’ve got an idea, How about filling the hopper with pure paint, out of a gallon can, and use it to paint your house, or barn?? I’ll bet you could do your whole house in 15 minutes.

    1. avatar Jon says:

      Hey, here’s a brilliant idea for ya! You’ll love this one! Don’t get too exited now:
      . !

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        Nah, no excitement, Their not full auto, and don’t look near as cool!

  11. avatar Jim Barrett says:

    $4,500 will get you real close to a M-10 or M-11. Granted, they are cheaply made, but they are real machine guns and with a Lage upper, halfway decent ones at that.

  12. avatar Jon says:

    When I think about it, this perfectly demonstrates the statement “A Sucker is born every minute!”

    Someone will create something ridiculously overpriced — and a bunch of suckers will be more than willing to throw their money at them!

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Isn’t that the truth!

  13. avatar Zachary marrs says:

    @jim barret, my local class3 dealer also has reising h&r smgs for $4500
    So instead of that cheapo mac 10, you could get a nice, historical reising

  14. avatar Sambo82 says:

    I bought a marker from RAP4. It was an M4 clone and I dumped $600 of my hard earned junior enlisted military money into it. And it was absolute garbage. Even after I sent it back for repair it never worked right. Finally went out and bought a $100 Tippman and never looked back.

  15. avatar bontai Joe says:

    Sorry, way too much money for a toy gun. I know there are some folks that are really into paintball as a sport/hobby, but not for me.

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