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     American 180 
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A submachine gun developed in the 1960s, firing .22 calibre ammunition at 1200 rpm from a top-mounted pan magazine of up to 275 round capacity. Much was made of its ability to chew through concrete blocks and body armour, though the latter was only possible if the person wearing it was standing still for an unlikely length of time. The primary purpose of the A-180 was as a riot control weapon for prison guards - apparently, this was what passed for "less lethal" weaponry in the 60snote . A modernized Slovenian copy of the American-180, known as the MGV-176, was used in the Slovenian and Croatian Wars of Independence, most notably in the Battle of the Barracks during the latter, and is still in production by Orbis and used by Slovenian police.

Live-Action TV

  • The Professionals. A stolen A-180 is the McGuffin in "Hunter/Hunted", though in actuality it was a 7.62x51mm AR-10 rifle with prop bits (including the first ever Laser Sight used on a television weapon) bolted on. Presumably, getting hold of a blank-firing A-180 in 1970's Britain was too difficult.

Literature

  • The killer in Hooligans, a novel by William Diehl, uses one (that he first acquired in a black ops unit in Vietnam) for his Vigilante Man activities.
  • The terrorists in Hugh Miller's 1978 novel Terminal 3 use these when seizing Heathrow Airport's control tower.

Video Games

  • Appears in Fallout: New Vegas as the "Silenced .22 SMG", to pair with the silenced .22 pistol. It's integrally silenced and it pours out dakka with magazines of ridiculous capacity (180 unmodified and 240 with the weapon's sole modification), but there's not a whole lot that deals less damage per-hit, and its high fire rate and capacity are hindered by the fact that .22 ammo can't be crafted, is extremely rare in containers, and is only sold by a single vendor in limited quantities.
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     Calico LWS 
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The Calico Light Weapon Systems are a series of firearms chambered for the 9x19mm cartridge, currently consisting of pistols, sub-machine guns, and rifles. The Calico LWS is unique for its top-feeding helical magazine, which gives it a massive magazine capacity while avoiding the typical issues that result from having to place the helical magazine as the handguard (see the PP-19 below). Took a big blow thanks to the 1994 US Assault Weapons Ban, having regained a bit more currency since the ban ended, though they remain far less common than they would seem from film and television. Because of their futuristic appearance, the M950 machine pistol series were especially popular in action films of the 1990s; they're typically a "bad guy" gun or play the role of energy weapons in sci-fi films.

Although reasonably accurate and easy to handle, the Calico has failed to find any major users. For one, there are issues inherent with the helical magazines - difficulty determining how much ammunition is actually left, the price tag of magazines, the time-consuming process of reloading them, and unreliability. There's also the fact that the top-feeding design forces the standard rear sight to be part of the magazine itself, meaning that reloading causes the sights to lose their zero - a huge no-no for any serious usage of a firearm, unless one wishes to use a scope mount.

While Calico does still manufacture modernized versions of most of the LWS (meaning that actually obtaining one is no more difficult than having a licensed dealer order one from Calico), the weapon's various aforementioned flaws are all still present, meaning that the LWS has been doomed to be little more than range guns and collector pieces.

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Films — Live-Action

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Literature

  • ''Dennis Lehane's novel 'Gone Baby Gone', arms dealer Bubba is selling one to Leon and Roberta Trett.

Video Games

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Anime & Manga

  • Sword Art Online ''Phantom Bullet" arc, the GGO pro player Yamikaze (literal translation: "Dark Wind"), and nicknamed "The Devil of Run-And-Gun" uses an M900-A, which is described as also being a rare gun in game.

Films — Live-Action

Video Games

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Anime & Manga

  • Fate/Zero (the Light Novel prequel to Fate/stay night). In this case it has been converted to full-auto. Some sources incorrectly list it as the the M960 submachine gun but it is not, nor is it the M950A (which can alternate between semi-auto and full auto) because it lacks a fire selector switch. Justified in this case by his usual target being hard to take down, and the extremely rapid fire of the Calico would be ideal.

Films — Live-Action

Video Games

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Films — Live-Action

Video Games

  • Jagged Alliance 2: Unfinished Business and v1.13 again. It's a decent assault rifle and fares better than the average M4.
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     Foldable machine gun (FMG) 
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The Magpul FMG-9, folded and unfolded.
Imagine a submachine gun that takes Our Weapons Will Be Boxy in the Future to a literal level. A gun that literally transforms into a portable and concealable box, ready to be taken out and fired when things go wrong. Many firearm designers had tackled the idea in history. In the mid-1970s, Francis J. Warin working at Eugene Stoner’s ARES Inc. designed the ARES FMG. Later, Utah Connor separately designed the UC-9, and worked with firearms dealer Dave Boatman to produce a number of these guns under the name M21. In 1990, the Soviet KBP Instrument Design Bureau in Tula designed the PP-90. And in 2008, Magpul Industries designed the Magpul FMG-9, built off of a Glock 18 machine pistol. All of the said weapons were submachine guns or machine pistols built with a unique body that allows the stock, the receiver, and the magazine to be folded into a tight package resembling a normal radio or a small nondescript box.

However, none of the weapons saw much success. The ARES FMG project was eventually abandoned, the production of the M-21 was eventually shut down, the PP-90 was unpopular due to their poor ergonomics, and the Magpul FMG-9 was a prototype that never went into production. With compact firearms like the MP5K and the MAC-10 filling in the gap for concealable automatic firearms, the foldable machine gun became less and less necessary, and felt more like a novelty development. Regardless, in the realm of fiction, their boxy appearance and the unique ability to be folded and unfolded made them more popular for their coolness factor.

  • Cool Action: Unfolding the gun before firing it.

Anime & Manga/Light Novels

Films — Live Action

Video Games

  • Modern Warfare 3 had the FMG9, complete with an unfolding animation.
  • In Rainbow Six Siege, the FMG-9 is an available primary weapon for the SAS operator Smoke, the Danish Jaeger Corps operator Nøkk, and the SAS recruits, though nobody is seen unfolding any of them.
  • The FMG-9 is one weapon available in Battlefield Hardline, and it also has a cool little unfolding animation that plays everytime you draw it.
  • The Ares FMG is available in Syphon Filter 3 and The Omega Strain, named as the "Mars submachine gun" in the former and the "Marz FMG" in the latter.
  • The Laptop Gun in Perfect Dark looks to have been based off of the FMG.

     MAS-38 
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The MAS-38 was a French submachine gun that was manufactured just before the Second World War to arm the French Army. The gun was chambered in 7.65x20mm Longue, a cartridge that was introduced to the French Army when US troops demonstrated the Pedersen Device in World War I. Though it was weak compared to the .45 ACP and 9x19mm cartridges used by contemporary armies, the low-power cartridge made it easy to control. Its most notable feature, however, is its distinctive barrel, which pointed downward a few degrees.

The weapon was approved in 1938 and started development a year later. But before the weapon could enter mass production, Nazi Germany occupied France and seized the guns to be issued to their troops or to Vichy French soldiers.

Fewer than 2,000 of these guns were produced before the Nazi occupation in 1940, and exactly how many were made after is unknown. After the end of World War Two, France replaced the gun with the MAT-49 in 1949 for military service, though the French police force would continue to use the gun for a few more years.

The MAS-38 has one major claim to fame in history: this was the weapon used by the Italian resistance to kill Benito Mussolini.

Video Games

  • The submachine gun of French troops in Call of Duty 2: Big Red One. Only appears in "Baptism by Fire" used by Vichy France, and in the multiplayer maps featuring Vichy or Free France. The gun curiously has decent damage with no recoil whatsoever. The gun was added in Call of Duty: WWII in the Operation: Shamrock and Awe update, which also include an Irish variant decorated with shamrocks, while another variant makes it resemble the MAT-49.
  • The Battlefield: 1942 mod Forgotten Hope has the MAS-38 issued to French troops.

Web Video

  • Ian of Forgotten Weapons was able to get his hands on a MAS-38, unfortunately it was a case of Reliably Unreliable Guns as the gun failed to fire. He deduced that the gun wouldn't fire because of insufficient ammo while it's native cartridge is relatively scare.

     Nambu Type 100 
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The Nambu Type 100 was an 8x22mm submachine gun utilizing a blowback, open bolt design with a side-mounted magazine, developed by Nambu Arms Manufacturing Company during World War II, starting in 1942. It is also the only submachine gun to ever be produced by the Japanese Empire during the war in any significant number. It's based largely on the German MP-18, and superficially looks very similar to the latter. However, several modifications were made to the basic design, many of which proved to be problematic. The initial version, the Type 100/40 had a rather complex firing cycle owing to a loaded-chamber-safety function intended to prevent out-of-battery discharges (leading to frequent stoppages whenever the receiver was dirty), a bipod, and a bayonet lug (the Imperial Japanese military had a bit of a thing for them and probably would have stuck one on a pistol if they could have gotten away with it; in service, few soldiers ever actually attached a bayonet to the Type 100). Like a number of side-mounted magazine firearms, it also had a rather poor balance with a fully loaded magazine. There were three versions produced, the aforementioned Type 100/40, the later, more simplistic and reliablenote  Type 100/44 and a lightened folding stock version of the Type 100/40 which was removed from service due to being quite fragile compared to the full-stock version.

The Type 100 saw only limited service in the Japanese military, due in large part to Japanese military doctrine, but also due to a lack of a manufacturing capabilities towards the end of the war. In addition, the round it fired was simply inferior to anything else being used at the time, lacking significant punch. Total production for all variants was between 24,000 to 27,000. This seems like a big number, but compared to the production figures of other sub-machine guns from the time period note  this was a minuscule number. These were rare while in service, and today they are a holy grail of World War 2 Japanese Military collectors.

Anime & Manga

  • The Type 100 is used rather frequently by the Ōtomo City Police in the Skull Man anime.
  • Both Golgo 13 and later Crying Freeman featured plots to arm private armies with stocks of lost Type 100s. Both considerably overplayed how useful/advanced the gun was (while the Japanese army could certainly have used more submachine guns, that doesn't make the Type 100 a good example of one) and forgot that the biggest limitation was ammunition, as mass production of the 8x22 Nambu cartridge ceased after 1945.

Comic Books

  • Occasionally shows up in Commando stories.

Video Games

  • They show up to levels of implausible frequency in Call of Duty: World at War during the Pacific Theater levels, likely to match the equally implausible spread of MP40's in the Eastern Front campaign and is usable in multiplayer.
  • Type 100s show up in Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault as the Japanese submachine gun of choice. It was going to show up in Rising Sun where it reloads like the Sten gun, but besides a Japanese sailor with one in a cutscene, it was Dummied Out entirely.
  • Type 100s also show up in the World War 2-based prologue of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, as well as in Battlefield 1943 and the popular Forgotten Hope mod.
  • Lara Croft ends up coming across one in the 2013 Tomb Raider game. It's in remarkable condition considering it's been sitting unattended to in a Japanese bunker for 70 years. A few of the enemies also use them, and the player can later somehow upgrade it into an AK-47.
  • Appears in Rising Storm as weapon for the Assault, Squad Leader, and Commander class. At first, the Type 100/44 model is the one given to players, with a very fast rate of fire at the cost of accuracy. Once upgraded to level 25, the weapon becomes the Type 100/40 model, with better, adjustable sights and reduced recoil at the cost of firing rate. Level 50 unlocks the bayonet attachment.
  • Men of War has the Japanese faction's squad leaders and SMG infantry carry these, as well as the older and even rarer Type 2 SMG, carried only by SNLF infantrymen.

     Owen Gun 
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The Owen Machine Carbine, better known as the Owen Gun or by the nickname "Digger's Darling", was a submachine gun issued to the Australian Army. It was created in the 1930s by Evelyn Owen, who demonstrated a .22-chambered prototype to army officers in July 1939, just before the start of World War II. The weapon was declined due to its flawed design and because the military didn't believe submachine guns were important at the time.

In 1940, Owen's neighbour and a steel product factory owner discovered the prototype in a sugar bag, and convinced Owen (who had, at this point, joined the military) to work on it again through connections with the Army Inventions Board. In 1942, the weapon officially entered service.

The gun has a very peculiar and utilitarian design. It has a toploading feed, which allows gravity to aid the weapon feeding while the spent cartridges are ejected from the bottom. This also made it easy for soldiers to fire the gun in a prone position. One notable feature of the Owen was that its bolt was separated from the cocking handle by a small compartment, which prevented dirt from getting in and jamming the bolt. The gun is chambered in 9x19mm, though there was also experiments that accepted .45 ACP and .38/200 cartridges, and feeds from 33-round magazines. Weighing in at a little over 9 pounds empty, it was a somewhat heavy weapon.

While the Australian Army used both the Thompson and Sten submachine guns for service, they considered neither weapon adequate for jungle warfare in the Pacific Theatre, particularly the persnickety Sten. The Owen, on the other hand, was one of the most reliable submachine guns used in the War. So much it was said that General MacArthur was impressed with the gun, and proposed to place an order for some Owen guns for US troops.

Roughly forty-five thousand Owen Guns were made. Like the Nambu Type 100, that number is considered miniscule compared to the almost two million Thompsons and approximately four million Sten guns. The Owen stayed in service until the mid-60s during the Vietnam War, later replaced by the F1 Submachine Gun (basically a Sterling with a top-mounted magazine and wooden stock).

Live-Action TV

Video Games

Web Video

  • One of Forgotten Weapons earlier videos had Ian firing an Owen SMG that has it's camo paint. He gave a more in-depth view of the gun down the road.
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     PP-19 Bizon 
The BZ19 sub machinegun is what you get when you take bits of an AK-74, shorten it, and slap on a high capacity “helical” magazine. Okay, the process may be a bit more complex than that (changing the letters A and K to B and Z took a lot of careful thought), but the end result is a weapon that holds 64 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
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A submachine gun produced by Russian state armory IZHMASH, the Bizon is essentially a modified AKS-74 (sharing 60% parts commonality, particularly the trigger, safety/selector and stock), chambered for one of four pistol cartridges and with a helical 45 (7.62x25mm; this version is more commonly used with a traditional box magazine that carries 35 rounds), 53 (9x19mm) or 64 (.380 ACP and 9x18mm) round magazine which doubles as the handguard. It is not to be confused with the similar PP-90M1, which also uses a helical magazine in the same configuration, but is otherwise completely unrelated.

It is still in production, but has seen only limited service with Russian security and law enforcement forces; like the Calico weapons, the main issue is that helical magazines are expensive to manufacture, and early Bizon versions also had issues with the magazine detaching from the gun while being used as a grip (this is why using the magazine as a grip is rarely a good idea in any firearm, despite what every movie featuring an MP 40 or Sten would have you believe). It is nonetheless seen in large numbers in a few video games. There is a much more common derivative of the gun known as the PP-19-01 Vityaz, however, which has a different pistol grip, magazine housing and uses cheaper and more standard polymer double-stack box magazines that contain 30 rounds of 9x19mm and can be clipped together for faster reloading, and has been adopted as one of the two standard submachine guns of Russian law enforcement (the other being the PP-2000).

The Bizon was designed by Victor Kalashnikov, whose father Mikhail famously designed the assault rifle it was based on; the design team also included Alexei Dragunov, the youngest son of the man who designed the SVD sniper rifle.

Anime & Manga/Light Novels

  • In Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, the PP-19 Bizon-2-01 is the weapon used by Tanya of Team SHINC. Unlike most other instances of this gun being depicted in media, hers has a PBS-1 suppressor attachment, and she also showcases its select-fire capabilities of both semi and full-auto fire (usually the gun is presented as being a full-automatic only firearm).
  • Dr. Ren's Humaritts use PP-19 Bizons in Najica Blitz Tactics, or at least a gun that is heavily based off of it.
  • TK in Angel Beats! uses PP-19 Bizon-2 as his primary weapon.

Video Games

  • Escape From Tarkov features the later derivatives, the PP-19-01 Vityaz and the civilian-legal semi-auto carbine Saiga-9 and a plethora of attachments to pimp the guns with.
  • Carried by many Soviet soldiers in Freedom Fighters.
  • In the first Syphon Filter, (renamed BIZ-2) it is available in the last missions, which take place in an ex-Soviet military base/missile silo in Kazakhstan. It's pretty realistic in a sense that Bizons are featured there and only there. It appears again in Syphon Filter 2, but is also realistically limited to missions that take place in Russia.
  • The original model of the Bizon is available for purchase in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. It's not as accurate as other SMGs, nor as powerful as the P90, but makes up for it in terms of More Dakka as it has the highest capacity of anything in the game short of the belt-fed machine guns.
  • The stock submachinegun of the Middle-Eastern Coalition Anti-Tank class in Battlefield 2.
    • It returns in the Back to Karkand DLC of Battlefield 3, unlocked by completing the "Familiar Territory" assignment (for arming bombs on ten M-COMs, capturing ten flags in Conquest, and for playing for a total of two hours on Strike at Karkand). It has the highest capacity of any non-LMG weapon in the game, very low recoil and a high rate of fire, but has one of the weakest damage-per-shot of any weapon in the game and runs out of ammo quickly.
  • A suppressed 9x18mm Bizon was used by Spetznaz soldiers in the first Operation Flashpoint and its expansion pack, Resistance. The gun is an anachronism since the first Bizon prototypes weren't made until 1993, and Flashpoint's campaigns take place in the 1980s.
    • ARMA II also features the PP-19 in various roles, in both suppressed and non-suppressed variants.
  • The Helghast pistol and SMG in Killzone are both based on the Bizon; the SMG has the receiver of an Uzi.
  • Jagged Alliance 2 1.13, featuring several versions: one in Russian 9x19, and one in 9mm Parabellum. The latter is almost comparable to the P-90 in stats (has worse range but better damage and, obviously, ammo capacity).
  • Combat Arms has 5 variants of the PP-19: the standard, the PP-19 CAMO (has a blue-grey camo pattern), the PP-19 MOD (a PP-19 with a suppressor and a red-dot sight), the PP-19 MOD CAMO (a PP-19 MOD with a yellow-black camo pattern) and Scorpion's PP-19 MOD (a PP-19 MOD with a scorpion design involving a scorpion tail wrapping around the magazine and a black and red-tipped suppressor).
  • One of the specialists' loadouts in the first Ghost Recon includes the original model of the Bizon. The Bizon-2 returns in Phantoms, Future Soldier (unlocked for killing ten enemies with an SMG without reloading in "Firefly Rain") and Wildlands (found on a barge in the lake in Agua Verde, with a unique "Residuos" version awarded after defeating El Pozolero).
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features the Bizon.
  • 7.62mm High Caliber, as usual for a Jagged Alliance spiritual successor. Also available in an even rarer version with a silencer, and the very common 9x19mm ammo is offset by the rare and expensive magazines.
  • Appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts as one of the Federation's SMGs. Modern Warfare 3 rather infamously featured the similar PP-90M1.
  • A left-handed version appears as essentially the top-tier submachine gun in both Far Cry 3 and 4 as the "BZ19", featuring a receiver-top rail with an aftermarket rear sight and the highest unmodified capacity of any of the SMGs. It's held over until the second part of the game both times and the most expensive weapon in its class barring the Signature "Shredder", though doing Willis' missions in the latter game allow the player to get one for free just prior to actually getting to that second part of the game. The latter game also features a custom automatic crossbow built out of a PP-19.
  • A similar PP-19 to the one in Far Cry 3 appears in Splinter Cell: Blacklist, unlocked with the High Power Pack DLC, and can be used by Sam or Briggs in campaign mode and Spies in Spies VS Mercs. It has the highest default ammo capacity of any weapon in campaign mode (with extended mags only the 416, ARX-160 and Goblin beat it) and the second highest next to the LMGs in Spies VS Mercs, but otherwise generally mediocre stats and it lacks a silencer, making it only good for Assault players.
  • Called the "P19", this appears in Resident Evil 7: biohazard as the game's sole fully-automatic firearm. It is the Weapon of Choice for Mia Winters when she was working as a mercenary delivering the E-001 bio-organic weapon to an undisclosed Central American location. Apparently, whatever organization she works for has enough pull to outfit her with a firearm that is only issued to Russian special forces and counter-terrorist units.
  • A silenced, stockless original model Bizon is usable in Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness as the Viper SMG, first used by the Cleaner sent to kill Lara in Von Croy's Apartment until he runs out of ammo for it and throws it aside, at which point Lara can collect it for herself. It incorrectly holds 70 rounds instead of 64.
  • The Bizon-2 in 9mm Makarov is added to PAYDAY 2 with the Gage Russian Weapons pack, as the Tatonka. It has a high ammo capacity and damage, but a low rate of fire and slow reload speed.
  • Rainbow Six Siege features the similar Vityaz-SN, available for the Spetsnaz defenders Tachanka and Kapkan, as well as their Recruit.
  • Unturned features the Bizon, calling it Yuri. The high capacity and automatic fire capability are offset by the high degradation rate, and it can't take a grip attachment.
  • The Bizon-2 was added in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds in the Feb 2019 update. It is chambered in 9x19 with it's proper 53-round magazine but customization is limited to just the sights and muzzle attachments.

     Reising sub-machine gun 
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Above: Reising M55, Below: Reising M50

The Reising was a submachine gun, first introduced in 1941, designed by Eugene Reising, a former assistant to John Browning, and built by Harrington & Richardson.

Compared to its main rival, the Thompson submachine gun, the Reising was superior, at least on paper. It was much cheaper and easier to build due to using stamped parts, lighter, and better balanced. Unlike most submachine guns at the time, it fired from a closed bolt, which made it more accurate at the cost of a more-complicated design. It had a low rate of fire of 500-550 rounds per minute, and could be fed by 12 or 20-round magazines, while its barrel had a Cutts compensator to reduce recoil. Many of the gun's parts were hand-fitted at the factory.

The weapon was originally developed for police and security forces. During World War II, however, due to the US Army getting higher priority for the limited stocks of the Thompson submachine gun, most of the early United States Marine Corps engagements in the Pacific were fought with this weapon since it was available in numbers, and most importantly, available immediately.

It was during these early battles, however, that the Reising's flaws became obvious. As it was only designed for light use, it was found that the gun had a horrible tendency to jam when exposed to dirt, sand, and the elements. The weapon's complex design made it difficult to disassemble and maintain, its low magazine capacity limited its firepower, and the hand-fitted parts meant one could not field-strip a broken one for spares in an emergency. They soon became unpopular with the Marines, and would often be thrown away and exchanged for Thompsons once any were available (and even before that, many Reising guns were tossed into the sea). Most of the jamming problems were attributed to the placement of the charging handle (on the underside of the stock) and the poor quality of the subcontractor-produced magazines (which were so flimsy that it is alleged that any person could destroy one simply by sitting on it).

Once phased out, the remaining Reisings went off to Canada or the USSR, or were sent to duty they were better suited for: factory guards, US Coast Guard patrols or, as intended, homeland police.

Following the war, the weapon remained in service with various police forces well into the 1960s, being popular with them due to its magazine capacity, accuracy, light weight compared to the Thompson, and stopping power. It also helped that policemen were expected to take very good care of their issued guns, which minimized the reliability problems.

The Reising had several variants: the M50 was the original variant, while the M55 eliminated the Cutts compensator and replaced the solid stock with a folding wire design. The M60 was a long-barreled semi-automatic only carbine variant, while the M65 was similar to the M60 but designed primarily for training. The M50, 55, and 60 were chambered in .45 ACP while the 65 was chambered in .22 LR.

Film

  • Appears in U571 in the hands of Major Coonan during the raid on the titular sub.
  • Makes a brief appearance in the end credits of Flags of Our Fathers, held by the real Sgt. Mike Strank in a wartime photo.

Live-Action TV

  • Shows up in the Guadalcanal portions of The Pacific, in the hands of random US Marines.

Video Games

     Ruger MP9 
This reliable, lightweight machine gun has a large clip but low accuracy.
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Essentially an American-upgraded Uzi, the Ruger MP9 is a submachine gun designed by Uziel Gal, the original creator of the Uzi, and manufactured by Ruger in 1995. The MP9 features a variety of upgrades over the original Uzi, including a telescoping closed bolt as opposed to the Uzi's open bolt, a Zytel polymer lower receiver, pistol grip and folding/telescoped stock, a new stainless steel receiver with the cocking handle on top, a three-position safety and fire selector with a separate firing pin block to prevent the MP9 from firing if dropped, and a quick detachable barrel that was cushioned by a spring to reduce the effect of recoil on the various mechanisms. However, despite the improvements and being marketed as a "improved Uzi" by Uziel Gal himself, the MP9 failed to generate any interest with police or military forces, and only about 150 MP9s were ever produced, with production ending only one year later in 1996; the failure of the MP9 resulted in Ruger leaving the SMG market to focus on their much more popular handguns and rifles.

Anime & Manga

Films — Live-Action

  • Bill uses an MP9 in Rampage.
  • A Crimson Jihad terrorist can be seen with one in True Lies.

Live-Action TV

Video Games

  • Appears in Hitman: Contracts used by Romanian guards in the Meat King's Party and Hitman: Blood Money used by the crow guards in The Murder of the Crows. It has the second fastest fire rate of the SMGs in Contracts next to the Micro Uzi and is one of the only two SMGs that can be concealed in that game (the other being the aforementioned Micro Uzi), and it has the fastest fire rate of the SMGs in Blood Money, but also the worst recoil of them.
  • The MP9 is usable in Soldner Secret Wars, where it is held so low by the player character it cannot be seen unless you use the iron sights or are reloading.
  • Appears in NightFire, as the Storm M32 or Storm M9-32 depending on platform, with the PC version including both a standard and silenced variant.
  • The MP9 with a laser pointer and lacking the back part of the grip appears in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Revelations 2 as the Ammo Box 50 in the former and MP-AB50 in the latter, used by the J'avo and Ada Wong in 6 and can be found and used by Claire in Chapter 2 of Revelations 2. A unique golden variant with a ridiculously long magazine and higher capacity called the MP-AB50G can also be used in Revelations 2.
  • A futurized MP9 appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops III as the Pharo, with production of the MP9 apparently moving to South Korea in the game's universe. It bizarrely fires in 4-round bursts with automatic refiring.

     Saab Bofors Dynamics CBJ-MS 
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A Swedish submachine gun, the CBJ-MS was developed in the Early 2000s by Carl Bertil Johansson as a PDW for the British military, manufactured by both Saab Bofors Dynamics and Carl's private arms-making company CBJ Tech AB, and is an interesting submachine gun meant to fulfill the roles of personal defense weapon, assault rifle and even a squad automatic weapon (the MS in the name of the weapon meaning Modular System). To do so, it fires a unique armor-piercing round, known as the 6.5x25 CBJ-MS round, though standard 9x19mm ammo is also compatible with the weapon, and can be fitted with a proprietary bipod and 100-round drum magazine. The 6.5x25 CBJ-MS round is a saboted sub-caliber tungsten projectile, which has an extremely high muzzle velocity when fired that is able to defeat modern body armor or even damage lightly armored APCs at effective range. For unarmored infantry, a 4mm variant of the round is also available, which will readily tumble upon impact with the body, causing a significant wound cavity. The weapon itself is mostly similar to the Uzi, though it features a built-in foregrip which can house an extra magazine and Picatinny rail on the top of the weapon. It has the standard green lacquer of most modern modern Swedish weapons, a retractable wire stock, and a charging handle that is moved to the back of the weapon which is also fully ambidextrous and doesn't move when the weapon is fired. While the weapon is open-bolt in its default configuration, it can also be converted to a closed-bolt weapon by installing an alternative bolt system with a separate firing pin.

Video Games

  • In Battlefield 4, the CBJ-MS is the third PDW unlocked for the Engineer, and can be collected in Baku in single-player. While it comes with its 100 round drum magazine, it holds only 50 rounds in-game for balance purposes, and true to its round, it has the highest muzzle velocity of the PDWs. It's also one of the weapons you have to get 100 kills with to complete the Swedish Steel assignment, the other being the AK5C.
  • The CBJ-MS appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts used by Federation forces in the campaign, mostly in indoor levels, and is also usable in Extinction and multiplayer. It uses the 30-round box magazine, though they incorrectly hold 32 rounds in campaign and Extinction, and 34 rounds in multiplayer. It has the fastest fire rate of any weapon in the game and deals extra damage against enemy equipment and killstreaks due to it's 6.5x25 CBJ-MS rounds, though it has low range and strangely low penetration in-game.
  • The CBJ-MS appears in 007 Legends as the Dynamiks PT J-20, with 30-round box magazines. Despite having both a foregrip and stock, the player character doesn't use either of them.
  • The CBJ-MS appears in Ghost Recon: Phantoms as the Tier 6 SMG, with a side-mounted rail system. It deals the highest damage of the SMGs and can be upgraded with its 100 round drum magazine to have the highest capacity of them too, but has a low rate of fire and high recoil.
  • Available as a 5-star T-Doll in Girls' Frontline, under the name "C-MS". Her skill seems to be a reference to the different 6.5mm CBJ cartridge types available. According to her artist, her design was based on a Chinese vagrant nicknamed "Brother Sharp".

     SIG Sauer MPX 
"The MPX operates with a closed and locked rotating bolt system. With its ergonomic design and operation, the MPX can be reloaded faster than other comparable SMGs."
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The SIG Sauer MPX is a submachine gun, first announced in 2013. Unlike most other submachine guns, which tend to be blowback-operated, the MPX is gas-operated, firing from a closed, rotating bolt, and utilizing a short-stroke gas piston. The MPX was designed with customizability in mind: it features a handguard and top-mounted rails, while its barrel and stock can be changed with minimal effort.

The weapon, by default, is chambered in 9x19mm. It was also designed to be quickly convertible to other pistol calibers, including .40 S&W and .357 SIG, but as of now, no such conversions have been released.

Major variants of the MPX include:

  1. MPX: Standard variant, with an 8" barrel and select-fire capability
  2. MPX-K: Short-barreled 4.5" variant
  3. MPX-P: Stockless standard 8" barrel, semi-auto only pistol variant
  4. MPX-SD: Integrally-suppressed 8" barrel variant
  5. MPX Carbine: Long gun variant with a 16" barrel
  6. MPX Copperhead: Ultra-compact variant with a 3.5" barrel

Films — Live-Action

  • MPXs are used by some of the Reavers in Logan.
  • Two MPX-P pistols are used by Darling in Baby Driver.
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is its most influential media appearance, being Wick's primary weapon in the movie. Gun blogs and websites all over (most notably Taran Tactical, the outfit that trained Keanu Reeves & Halle Berry on their shooting skills) made sure you knew what gun this was in the run-up to the movie's theatrical release. A whopping three variants of the gun appear in the movie: the standard version, the Copperhead version, and the Carbine version (which is what Wick uses).

Video Games

  • The MPX-SD variant appears in Grand Theft Auto V, with the Ill-Gotten Gains Part 1 Downloadable Content.
  • The MPX in .40 S&W is available in Battlefield 4 with the Dragon's Teeth DLC, and unlocked in the "Not the Weakest Link" assignment.
    • It is also available in Battlefield Hardline for the Law Enforcement Mechanic, once again in .40 S&W.
  • The MPX appears in Escape From Tarkov, in the Gen 1 configurations, which includes the MPX-SD suppressed variant. More attachments such as the Gen 2 handguards and extended barrels are slated for future updates.
  • The MPX-C is a usable weapon in State of Decay.
  • Appears as the "KF5" in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. It's presented as somehow firing the first five rounds of a magazine with higher damage, although those rounds also have a lower distance to reaching their minimum damage.
  • The MPX is usable by the Navy SEAL Operator Valkyrie and US Secret Service Operator Warden in Rainbow Six Siege.
  • In Ghost Recon Wildlands, the MPX can be found in a weapon crate in the Mojocoyo province, or stolen from cartel enforcers.
  • The MPX is a usable weapon in Contract Wars.
  • Added to The Division in Update 1.8. It's extremely rare, and has a special ability where either the last or first half of the magazine deals 20% more damage.
  • In PAYDAY 2, the MPX was added to the game to celebrate its release on the Nintendo Switch, where it is known as the "Signature Submachine Gun", and can be dual-wielded.
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     Smith & Wesson M76 
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The ersatz American version of the Carl Gustav m/45, the 9x19mm M76 was manufactured in the late 1960's due to Sweden ceasing all arms sales to the US in protest against the Vietnam War, which kind of sucked for the Navy SEALs as the m/45 sub-machine gun was their jungle weapon of choice. Seeing an opportunity, Smith & Wesson designed the M76 as a close copy of the m/45 to fill this particular gap. By the time the weapon was ready for production, the SEALs had moved on to more modern weaponry and had little need for the m/45 or M76, and so it saw little use in Vietnam.

S&W attempted to sell the gun to US police and civilians, but low sales caused S&W to cease production of the M76 in 1974. S&W also used the M76 as a base for a prototype design that used electronically fired caseless ammunition that was quickly scrapped due to the ammunition being fragile. Despite the gun being an open-bolt design and cheaply manufactured (which was the point behind the weapon), the M76 was one of the most accurate and controllable sub-machine guns of its time, and were well-liked by the police agencies that decided to buy them. The gun was also popular in 1970's cinema (mainly used as a weapon for the antagonists) due to the inexpensiveness and reliability of the weapon.

  • Cool Action: Like its many counterparts (MP40, M3 Grease Gun, Sten Gun) the M76 is often shown being held by the magazine, which would make the weapon more likely to jam during action. The actual proper way to handle the gun is by gripping the front of the magazine well, but Rule of Cool it is not.

Films — Live-Action

  • Most famously used by Lee Marvin in the 1972 cult classic Prime Cut. He even keeps it in a custom briefcase and is shown taping the magazines together jungle style during the climactic Lock-and-Load Montage.
  • Is the weapon used by the hijackers in the original The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
  • Charlton Heston's weapon of choice in The Omega Man.
  • John Cazale uses an M76 with a shortened barrel in Dog Day Afternoon.
  • Used by The Joker in The Dark Knight, during the battle with the armored car and Batmobile/Batpod.
  • Used by one of the vigilante cops in Magnum Force to gun down a bunch of mobsters at a pool party. Interestingly, the cop actually properly handles the gun by the magazine well instead of the magazine.

Literature

Video Games

     Spectre M4 
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The Spectre M4 was an Italian sub-machinegun that was designed in the early 80's. It was designed to be a firearm used for counter-terrorism and close quarters combat. It was light, compact and utilized a unique quadruple-stack "casket" magazine (so named because it looks very much like a coffin) that can hold thirty to fifty rounds, although the way they are designed means it can also fire conventional magazines as well. Primarily designed to chamber 9mm, it can also be chambered for .45 ACP or .40 S&W, which was even rarer. However, this gun saw very limited use outside of Italian and Swiss Special Forces, and production for the weapon ceased in 2001.

Civilian variants had been made to fire in semi-auto mode only and with reduced-capacity magazines. The SITES Falcon or Spectre-HC was a pistol with a removable forward grip and folding stock; generally, ones shipped to America removed both, while those sold domestically in Italy kept them. The SITES Ranger was a semi-auto carbine that was sold mainly in Italy, featuring a removable but non-folding version of the original stock and a longer barrel to comply with Italy's laws on the minimum length for civilian long arms.

The Spectre has two Spiritual Successors. One known as the PM-4 "Storm" by BCM Europearms. And another designed by Brügger and Thomet, known as the KH9 Carbine.

Anime & Manga

  • Petrushka used this submachine gun in Gunslinger Girl. In spite of the series being a serious offender in terms of Improperly Placed Firearms, the Spectre is exactly the appropriate weapon to have here, as she's part of an assassination team sponsored by the Italian government.

Films — Live-Action

  • Will Smith's character used a Spectre mocked up as a futuristic weapon in I, Robot.
  • The Spectre was one of the guns in Leon's possession in The Professional. The extended cut shows him cocking the gun, but not using it.
  • Police Chief Dennis and Constable Purdah from the horror comedy Nothing but Trouble both have the Spectre. Any Spectres shipped in America as the Falcon had the foregrip and folding stock removed and fires in semi-auto, yet the one shown in the movie fires in full-auto.

Video Games

  • Alliance of Valiant Arms featured this weapon, however it bears a negative reputation for its recoil and low firepower among players. Althought it can be modified to make it a decent weapon.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops featured this weapon, but it's anachronistic as the game is set during the 60's while the gun wouldn't be introduced until the 80's.
  • GoldenEye (1997) featured the Spectre on the Frigate misson, renamed the Phantom. With its fifty round magazine, it can be a decent substitute for the RC-P90. However it was only available in single player for that one mission unless you use the All Guns cheat code. Luckily it's included in the multiplayer for the Fan Remake Goldeneye: Source.
  • The Spectre appears as the standard SMG in the Syphon Filter series, starting with The Omega Strain. For some reason in Logan's Shadow, this weapon is used by Somali Pirates of all groups.
  • Hard to tell given the isometric view from far away, but the Allied GIs in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 are noted in some supplementary material to use the Spectre as their primary unmounted weapon.

     SR-2 Veresk 
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The SR-2 Veresk (Heather) is a Russian submachine gun, first introduced in 1999, designed as a compact weapon close-quarters combat.

The SR-2 is one of the few submachine guns to be gas-operated, with an action based on the SR-3 Vikhr assault rifle. It is chambered in the 9x21mm Gyurza round, a light round designed to easily penetrate body armor. It features a rather conventional layout, with a 20 or 30-round magazine in the pistol grip, two AK-style switches on either side (the right-side switch controls the safety, the left-side is the fire selector), and a top-folding stock.

Its one other variant is the SR-2M, which features a foregrip for better fire control.

Anime & Manga

Video Games

  • The weapon appears in Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield and its expansion, Black Arrow. It was supposed to appear in the Vegas games, but was cut, though the weapon's files remain within the game.
  • Appears in Payday 2 as part of the Hardcore Henry DLC pack, where it is known as the Heather, its translated Russian name. Its excellent damage, concealment, and accuracy, and rate-of-fire make it a good secondary weapon.
  • The SR-2M (minus foregrip) is a usable weapon in Splinter Cell: Conviction, with several customizations available.
  • Appears in Battlefield 4 as part of the Naval Strike DLC.
  • An unlockable weapon in Alliance of Valiant Arms.
  • Appears as a usable weapon in Contract Wars.

     TDI/KRISS Vector 
This sub machinegun stole the limelight in 2006. It sports a unique recoil system which makes it easy to control while laying on the trigger. Basically, that means you can throw lead downrange and it won’t be scattered all over the place like the dignity of an old man at a children's urinal.
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A submachine gun developed by American company Transformational Defence Industries (now known as KRISS), the Vector uses an unconventional off-axis delayed blowback operation, which reduces recoil by directing recoil force downward. It is primarily chambered in .45 ACP or 9x19mm, though it can also be chambered in .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, 9x21mm, or .357 SIG. It is designed to use the same magazines as the respectively-chambered Glocks. It's a frequent guest star in video games due to its futuristic appearance and rather exaggerated marketing. It was also known as the "Kriss Super V" (a name used in earlier marketing for the Vector) due to it sounding cooler. KRISS also believes enough in its recoil mechanism that they unsuccessfully attempted to apply it to a .45 pistol (KARD), a 12-gauge shotgun (MVS), and .50 BMG machine gun (Disraptor).

The Vector, however, has yet to see widespread use for a few reasons: the gun itself is prohibitively expensive and internally very complex. Not helping is early reviews claiming that its recoil dampening system, while effective in semi-automatic, is virtually useless in controlling the gun during fully automatic fire.

Anime

Films — Live-Action

  • Dual wielded by Alice in Resident Evil: Retribution. It appears the guns themselves realized the absurdity of being held akimbo; they were not fitted with stocks, grips, optics or even ironsights.
  • Used by Deadpool in the leaked script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers of Zombieland. Incorrectly called a "Kriss .45 Caliber TDI".
  • Used by multiple characters in the Total Recall (2012) remake.

Live-Action TV

  • Showed up in one of the season finales of CSI: New York where the mechanism was cited as the reason two bullets hit the exact same spot on somebody, and was called the Kriss Super V.

Video Games

  • Used as the basis of one of the weapons in The Conduit.
  • The KRISS K10 makes its Battlefield debut in Hardline as the 'K10'. On release, it was prone to wiping out entire squads in multiplayer due to its high damage and ridiculous rate of fire, which has then been subjected to many nerfs since.
  • Seen in Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Call of Duty: Ghosts; the middle refers to it as the upgraded K10 variant, but shares none of its unique attributes beyond the slightly extended barrel. The latter calls it the "Vector CRB", which is correct for a civilian semi-automatic version but not the full-auto SMG variant that the game actually uses.
  • Shows up in Army of Two: The 40th Day.
  • Shows up in MAG, strangely as SVER's PDW despite being an American weapon and SVER being a primarily Russian faction.
  • Usable in Homefront, called the Super V submachine gun.
  • Makes an appearance in Far Cry 3 as the "Vector .45 ACP". The standard form is only unlockable after reaching the second island, but the signature version "Shredder" can be unlocked very early on by finding ten memory cards. Far Cry 4 features both versions again, again making the standard form a late unlock (part of the last batch of weapons unlocked on the northern island) while allowing the Shredder to be unlocked relatively early depending on how much time you spend working on your Karma.
  • Added with the 2012 Christmas update to Killing Floor, as the most expensive of the Medic's guns. It's also the only one of said guns to use ironsights rather than a red dot sight. It reappears in Killing Floor 2 as the SWAT's tier 4 weapon, having a red dot sight this time.
  • A weapon in the Mass Effect series - the M12 Locust SMG - resembles this gun in shape, and has its defining feature (the recoil dampening system).
  • Available in Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, where it's GhostLead's Weapon of Choice for most of the campaign. It returns in Ghost Recon Wildlands, now named the "Vector .45 ACP", the normal version stashed in a UNIDAD base in Media Luna and a unique "Mendeleyev" version unlocked on capturing Marcus Jensen.
  • Available as a very expensive, high end weapon in the Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber.
  • Available in Watch_Dogs, also called the "Vector .45 ACP" like the Far Cry 3 example (Ubisoft must like the name). It's one of the game's highest-rated weapons and has an unlockable "Spec-Ops" version with an attached suppressor.
  • Appears in PAYDAY 2 with the Gage Ninja Pack DLC, as the "Kross Vertex".
  • Unlocked at Rank 23 in the multiplayer mode of Spec Ops: The Line with a non-removable suppressor.
  • Added to Rainbow Six Siege, once again as the "Vector .45 ACP", as a primary weapon for the new G.E.O. specialist Mira from the Operation Velvet Shell update. It's one of the weaker submachine guns to make up for its ludicrous rate of fire. As of Operation Chimera, CBRN specialist Lion has a fictional enlarged version, upchambered for 7.62mm NATO and fitted with the same 50-round drum magazines as the GSG9's G8A1, labeled as the "V308".
  • Appears in GoldenEye Wii as the Strata SV-400. It's by far the best SMG in the game, having max damage, accuracy, range and rate of fire. The only weapon that matches its strengths is the Ivana Spec-R (an IMI Tavor TAR-21 assault rifle).
  • The Vector appears as a relatively uncommon spawn in Player Unknowns Battlegrounds. It is one of the most powerful weapons of its class due to its fairly high rate of fire, provided you can find attachments to compensate for its flaws. It initially comes with an underwhelming 13-round magazine, but can be upgraded to a 25-rounder alongside various attachments like muzzles, foregrips, scopes and even the "tactical stock".
  • One of the most common guns in RUINER, the "KRIS SV-4", is based heavily off of the Vector, modified with a larger barrel and forend to qualify as assault rifle instead.

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     Villar-Perosa and derivatives 
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Designed in 1914, the Villar-Perosa M1915 was originally designed to be used as an aircraft mounted weapon. Given that this weapon uses pistol cartridges that was much weaker than 9mm Parabellum, the weapon failed spectacularly in its original intended role. Hoping to salvage this weapon, the Italian military deployed this to ground forces. In spite of the More Dakka nature of having two guns in one package, the distinct lack of a stock and traditional trigger as well as open-ended magazines that let dirt and mud in made the Villar-Perosa impractical. Most soldiers often cut the weapon in two and attached a stock if they could, creating a more practical SMG, if less effective than the contemporary MP18 due to smaller magazines (32 rounds of the MP18 vs. 25 of the Villar-Perosa) and the aforementioned weaker cartridges.

The weapon system would see two derivatives: Villar-Perosa's OVP (developed by the original designer as soon as he was informed the weapon was being reassigned to infantry, or possibly the actual original design) and the Beretta M1918 (from which Beretta would develop its famous Model 38. The Beretta model would end up being the preferred of the two and would see use well into World War II. These weapons, apart from the fact that they were more traditionally designed SMGs, also had their fire-rate reduced from a high 1500 rounds per minute to a more controllable 900 rounds per minute.

Films — Live Action

  • A Villar-Perosanote  is mounted on the biplane Indy and his father use to escape from the zeppelin in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In an infamous scene, the elder Dr. Jones manages to accidentally shoot the plane's own tail with it.

Video Games

  • The original Villar-Perosa appears in Battlefield 1918 and Battlefield 1, with the latter appearance being as a special weapon alongside its derivative, the Beretta M1918, under the designation Automatico M1918.
  • The OVP appears in Sniper Elite 4.


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