Checkout our top ten choices for the absolute best submachine guns. A submachine gun or SMG, is an automatic carbine weapon that is magazine fed. Invented by John T. Thompson for the first World War, SMGs are still widely used by various military, security and law enforcement agencies throughout the world. However, in today’s world the SMG’s are slowly being replaced by assault rifles, due to the range and armor piercing power.
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Here are the Top 10 Best Submachine Guns
10. Steyr AUG
The Steyr AUG is a bullpup assault sub machine gun from Austria. This model has been in service since 1978 and is still used by a majority of countries for SWAT teams, infantry, special forces, and counter-terrorist units, to name a few. This model was designed by Horst Wesp, Karl Wagner and Karl Mose in 1977. it has a gas operated rotating bolt, and a rate of fire of 680-750 rounds per minute, with a max firing range of 2,700 meters or 8,900 feet. The feed system is a 30 or 42 round detachable box magazine, 25 or 32 round detachable MPi 69 box magazine. The sights are Swarovski 1.5x telescopic sight, emergency battle sights.
The Uzi is a very popular submachine gun which oritinated in Israel. It was designed by Uziel Gal in 1948 and manufactured by Israel Military Industries, FN Herstal, Norinco and Vektor Arms. Over 10,000,000 Uzi’s have been built over the years, and the Uzi has many variants. The Uzi has a blowback open bolt action, a rate of fire of 600 rounds a minute, with an effective firing range of 200 meters, with iron sights. The Uzi has a very involved and active history as a choice weapon of war and law enforcement. During the 1960’s – the 1980’s, the Uzi was the top choice for these organizations and more Uzi’s were sold than any other submachine gun.
The Skorpion is a submachine gun developed in Czechoslovakia. It was designed by Miroslav Rybář in 1959 and is manufacturered by Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod, Zastava Arms. This submachine gun has seen heavy use during both the Vietnam and Yugoslav Wars. This weapon has a variety of variants, but basically weighs in at around 3 pounds, with a 20.4 inch stock extended, and a 10.6 inch stock folded. it has a blowback, closed bolt-action and an effective firing range of 50 to 150 meters. The feed system is a 10 or 20 round curved magazine, with a straight box magazine in the 9mm variants. The sights are adjustable front post, flip-up rear site.
7. KEDR PP-91
The KEDR PP-91 is a 9mm submachine gun which originated in Russia. The KEDR PP-91 is designed by Evgeny Dragunov in the 1970’s, and is manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern. This submachine gun has a variety of variants, and weights approximately 3.4 pounds, with a barrel length of 4.7 inches. It uses a 9x18mm Makarov cartridge, and has a straight blowback action, and a rate of fire 1,000 rounds per minute. Its effective firing range is 70 meters, with a max range of 200 meters. The feed system is a 20, 30 round detachable box magazine, with sights both front blade and rear notch.
6. Heckler & Koch MP5
The Heckler & Koch MP5 is a submachine gun originated in West Germany in 1966, and manufactured by Heckler & Koch and has a vast variety of variants and specs. The Heckler & Koch MP5 is used worldwide by organizations, including but not limited to: Austria EKO Cobra, Gangladesh Army and Swat, Belarus KGB Alpha Group, Brazil’s Policia Federal, and the Special force of the Royal Brunei Police Force. This submachine gun has a roller delayed blowback, closed bolt-action, and a 15, 30 or 40 round detachable box magazine, and 100 round Beta C-Mag drum magazine. It has Iron sights. Rear: rotary drum; front: hooded post.
5. Heckler & Koch UMP45
The Heckler & Koch UMP45 is a submachine gun developed and produced by Heckler & Koch. UMP stands for Universale Maschinenpistole, German for “Universal Submachine Gun”. the UMP45 originated in Germany, designed in the 1990’s by Heckler & Koch. It is used by a large number of organizations including but not limited to: Belgium Federal Police, Brazil’s Special Ops, Latvian Army, and the United State Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
The UMP45 weighs approximately 5.4 pounds. It is 17.7 inches long with the stock folded, and 27.2 inches long with the stock extended. Barrel length is 8 inches. It uses a 45 ACP cartridge, and has a blowback, closed bolt-action. Rage of fire is 600 rounds per minute, with a 25 round detachable box magazine feed system.
4. FN P90
The FN P90 is a submachine gun that is a personal defense weapon (PDW). This submachine gun is also known as the FN Project 1990. The FN P90 originated in Belgium 1991. This weapon has seen action in the Gulf war, the Afghanistan War, iraq War, as well as the Mexican Drug War and Libyan Civil War. The FN P90 was designed approximately between the years 1986-1990, and is manufactured by FN Herstal.
It has a straight blowback, closed bolt-action, and a rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute, with an effective firing range of 200 meters, and max firing range of 1800 meters. The feed system is a 50 round detachable box magazine. Sights include a tritium illuminated reflex sight, back up iron sights.
3. Kriss Super V System (KSVS)
The KRISS Super V is a highly accurate, light, and powerful submachine gun which was developed in America and is manufactured by KRISS. It has a variety of aliases, such as KRISS Vector, MK5, or KSV. It uses a 45 ACP cartridge, with a delayed blowback, closed bolt-action. Rate of fire for the Vector is 1200 rounds per minute, with an effective firing range of 55 yards, with accuracy decreasing at further distances. The feed system is a 45 ACP, 10 or 13 round detachable box magazine. Sights are flip-up iron MIL STD 1913 rail provided for optics. The Vector has a low recoil, which maintains its accuracy while being fired continuously.
The AKS-74U was developed in the Soviet Union, Russia, designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov and manufactured by the Tula Arms Plant. The AKS-74U was used extensively in the Soviet-Afghan War. The AKS-74U weighs in at 6 pounds and has an extended stock length of 28.7 inches and a length of 19.3 with the stock folded. Barrel length is 8.1 inches. The cartridge is 5.45 x 39mm, and has a gas operated, rotating bolt-action. The effective firing range is 400 meters with a max firing range of 2900 meters. The feed system for the AKS-74U is a 20 or 30 round AK-74 or a 45 round RPK-74 detachable box magazine, or 60 round casket magazine. Sights are adjustable iron sights, front post and U-shaped flip rear notch.
1. Heckler & Koch MP7
The MP7 is a submachine gun, personal defense weapon which originated in Germany and made by Heckler & Koch. It is used world-wide by over 20 countries, and saw major action in the Afghanistan War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and 2013 Lahad Datu Standoff, among others. Researched, designed and developed by Heckler & Koch, the MP7 weighs in at 4.63 pounds with magazine, and is 25.1 inches long with stock extended and 16.3 inches with the stock folded.
Barrel length is 7.1 inch, width 2.0 inches and height 6.7 inches. It uses a 4.6 x 30mm cartridge, and has a gas operated, short stroke piston rotating bolt. The rate of fire for the MP7 is 950 rounds per minute, with an effective firing range of 200 meters. The MP7 has a feed system of 20, 30 or 40 round detachable box magazine, and sights are Tritium illuminated flip-up night sights; handgun and rifle sights adjustable.
While opinions will always vary, the proceeding list is representative of some of the best submachine guns in the world today. SMG’s are still used by agencies that require an accurate weapon that is light and easy to maneuver with during an altercation involving gunfire, while activities requiring more power and distance are handled by assault rifles.