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By Clyde Barrow

We have received a lot of reader comments about submachine guns. The topic generates strong feelings both pro and con.

The picture created by those who hold the SMG in low regard is one of a maniac wildly spraying the landscape, firing entire 30 round magazines with each burst. "My god, he's wasting arrcnol"

Proponents will describe special combat firing techniques, relate tales of hits at incredible distances and swear that the SMG has rendered the autopistol and light assault rifle obsolete.

As usual, the truth falls somewhere between these two extremes. To most people, SMG means full auto. This is only one of the characteristics of these weapons, and need not be considered a detriment. Most modern SMG designs also allow for semi auto fire, full auto being used only selectively, as the need arises.

The primary attractions of SMGs are one handed use, large magazine capacity and simplicity of design which allows for low cost production in small home workshops, without the need to resort to investment castings, milling machines, and other exotic manufacturing techniques and equipment.

The basic SMG type of weapon is i-deal for small group or individual manufacture for the following reasons.

a. The receiver is usually based on either easily obtained and worked round steel tubing, or is designed around a square or rectangular box shape. Examples of the round type of receiver Include the Sten, Sterling, SAW M76, M3 Grease GunĀ» and the German MP40. The square or box receiver is used in both the Israeli UZI, and the Ingram M10 a Mil submachine pistols.

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