B&T P26 Submachine Gun Announced

Swiss company Brügger & Thomet, not content with their locked breech MP9 and unlocked APC9 submachine guns, have announced a new, unlocked SMG, the P26. Aftermath Gun Club has covered the new weapon:

B&T has another firearm going to production as soon as April of this year, the new P26. Reminiscent of the Swedish Interdynamic model MP-9 sub-machine gun from 1983, the design is a direct blowback with a tubular type upper assembly and a polymer lower; resulting in an overall polymer fabrication of 60%.
While the P26 retains the charging handle on the left hand side, this closed-bolt semi-auto drops the sliding wire-stock for the folding polymer B&T MP9 stock. The P26 is added to the list of B&T 9mm’s that also use the same magazine; alphabetically the APC9, MP9, TP9, and now the P26. The new Swiss made firearm has ambidextrous safety selectors and magazine release buttons. The firearm has four rails on it and basic iron sights.
B&T - P26 Tactical-Carbine
The 9x19mm chambered weapon weighs in at 2.3 kg (5.07 lbs), with an overall length of 632 mm (24.88″), a folded length of 402 mm (15.82″), and a barrel length of 175 mm (6.88″). Interestingly the barrel has an an integrated suppressor attachment in the H&K style tri-lug.

While the design is brand new it may be slated for a future import by B&T USA, however, the new USA branch of the company is currently concentrating on its APC-9, APC-45, APC-223/556. and APC-300 firearms. More news is expected after production begins and the firearm begins to sell in Q3 of 2015 for the European markets.
B&T - P26 Tactical-Carbine-2

It’s not clear why B&T have chosen to offer two separate patterns of conventional 9mm unlocked breech submachine guns that each seemingly fill the exact same niche.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • Damn I love B&T, I just wish that they were more obtainable.

    Stupid import laws.

    • SP mclaughlin

      I don’t know how well a modernized TEC9 would go so well.
      A modernized m/45 would be awesome though.

      • Roe

        Which the TEC9 started out as modernization of.

    • echelon

      Just import laws? Try *all* firearms laws.

      • I like the law that says convicted violent felons can’t buy guns from gun shops.

        • iksnilol

          I thought that the point of paying a debt is to make up for something. It is a bit hypocritical to have laws preventing people from getting their freedom back after they have served their sentence. If you can’t trust someone to have a firearm then why trust them outside prison bars?

          Then again, American prison system is royally messed up.

          And for the third, firearms not politics. I agree, stupid import laws, can’t import suppressors from the US.

        • echelon

          My response would be: If the felon is indeed violent and has been convicted of a violent crime, why is said felon out in free society?

          The law you seem to like does nothing to prevent said violent offender from actually procuring a firearm or other implement with which to do violence. It is the same spirit as the “gun free zone” signs that many in pro-2a circles scoff at and ridicule.

          Furthermore no law can actually prevent a “gun shop” from selling a gun to a violent felon either willingly or unwittingly.

          So to me, the question, as I said, should be what kind of society have we wrought where we will acknowledge that a person is a “convicted violent felon” and yet is out and about and can once again potentially do violence? Should not that person be locked up for life and/or potentially be taken out of this world? Furthermore I would ask how a law like that would prevent someone who isn’t a “convicted violent felon” from buying a firearm at a gun shop and then going out and committing their first and possibly only armed violence? Are we any more or less safe in either case?

          It seems to me that this is circular logic at best and rank hypocrisy at worst. And I mean no disrespect in saying that. I just think if a person has been seen fit to re-enter society then that person should be given all of their rights back. Otherwise, like always, we are just using color of law to give a warm tingly feeling of safety that is false while trampling peoples’ natural rights, which is exactly what the “gun grabbers” are trying to do with their on going and continued actions to ban various guns, ammunition and accessories.

          • So… Gun shops should be able to sell firearms to violent convicted felons or not?

          • echelon

            C’mon Alex. I already answered that question.

            How would you answer me if I asked you the same question a different way:

            Would you be for a law that would give government the power to forbid “violent convicted felons” of buying a car from a car dealership?

            Should hardware stores be able to sell hammers to “violent convicted felons”?

            Should household department stores be able to sell butcher knives to “violent convicted felons”?

          • You “answered” my question in the most convoluted way possible and resorted to ad homenims 😉

          • Paladin

            I’m not seeing these ad hominems you speak of

          • echelon

            Nowhere in my reply did I attack your character, so I don’t see how any ad hominem rebuttal is appropriate here.

            I was respectfully asking you how you would view, keeping in line your view on what rights should or shouldn’t be restored to a “previously convicted violent felon”, the state restricting access to other items that could be used as weapons by said individual.

            So, I as I said before, I answered your question…but I’m still waiting for a response to mine.

            What I find is that most people have major cognitive dissonance on issues like this. They decry the government banning a certain type of ammo, for instance, and then defend the government on some other topic not realizing that if we have legitimized the use of force by the government to restrict one thing or another then by extension we have given them license to restrict any and all things that they may see fit to “ban” or “outlaw” at any given point in the future.

            I merely see your opinion on this issue as an example of that. If I’m wrong then please explain to me how and why I’m wrong. That’s all I was getting at. I apologize if your sensibilities were offended in any way as that was not my intent to do so.

          • noob

            well, I don’t know how a gun shop was able to get a permit to open inside a prison. actually, if the prison was miles underground with no guards inside, sure, open a gun store inside the prison and sell to convicted felons who are never to be released. it will be like a parallel world where they can be felonious and we don’t have to worry about them beyond dropping crates of food down the shaft and shooting anything that climbs up.

          • In the US, the revolving door prison system gets them back on the street quick.

          • Dracon1201

            If I have to trust them to drive a car, drink alcohol, possibly vote in the future, and hang around with their old “friends” (Where they probably caused trouble in the first place) then yeah, I should be able to trust them to handle firearms. If not, they shouldn’t be released.

          • Paladin

            Gun shops should not be able to sell to convicted criminals who pose a legitimate threat to society, because those people should not be let out of the pen. You don’t need a law saying it’s illegal to sell to them if they are physically prevented from having the opportunity to buy.

            Trying to prevent violent people from obtaining firearms by such legislation is wishful thinking at best, the black market is a thing that exists after all. Heck, even in gun control utopias convicted felons (or local equivalents) are still getting their hands on guns. The real solution is to lock up dangerous people, and keep them locked up until they stop being dangerous. But of course we can’t do that, we need the prison space for all the stoners.

          • So do you consider people who have served their sentence to still be dangerous and thus not to be trusted, and by extension, one that should remain behind bars instead of being free?

            I dunno, to me it sounds like they should still be in prison if they can’t be trusted to their rights. Of course, “should” is not “can”…

        • Michael R. Zupcak

          Except the law doesn’t say that. It says NO felons can buy guns, regardless of whether or not it was violent. People who wrote bad checks or stole something over $1,000 are lumped in there with murderers and rapists.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Firearms not politics….

  • M

    For those who don’t know, the Swedish Interdynamic model MP-9 is the SMG that became the infamous Tec-9 when they couldn’t find any govt buyers

  • JumpIf NotZero

    A modernize MP9 might be interesting… Considering their blowback APC9 was noticeably heavy and biased to the front when I got to handle it. I already had the TP9 SBR and hated that thing. The SIG MPX on the other hand, seemed better to handle and cheaper, actually uses some AR parts unlike the B&T.

    The mag commonality with the above two is cool, but that stock and those sights are awful, easily the worst parts of the TP9 made it over to this. That selector looks almost impossible to engage. Maybe this gun could make a really cool integral.

    B&T look so great in pictures, but handling/owning them… I’m going to be very reluctant to buy another. Experience.

  • 75sl

    They have also presented an other version that will take suomi mags.It’s called Kh9

    • I wrote abut that too, it comes with a magwell adapter to also use the polymer MP9/APC9 mags. Also, they have a new .380.

  • noob

    so can this be converted to 22TCM? or is the barrel fixed?

  • Roe

    Isn’t copying and pasting from another site kind of rude?

  • PJ

    I think this looks like a neutered Beretta M12 vs the APC-9 which looks like a chunky UMP. I love the M12 so they have at least one fan.

  • jamezb

    The NEW B&T ….KG99…. 🙂

    • jamezb

      I said that jokingly, but recall shooting a semi closed bolt KG99 that came through the shop one weekend – li was surprisingly accurate, and light enough to shoot with one hand for a reasonable amount of time. I recall offhanding the center out of a pie plate at 50′ to the tune of about 30 rounds and gigglinng like a schoolgirl afterwards.
      I think it was priced used at $200 at the time, and the only thing that kept me from buying it was the general disdain of it among my “purist” shooting friends because “PLASTIC GUNS WERE NEVER GOING TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO COUNT ON BEING TRUSTWORTHY”…
      ….gawd. lol….whoda thunkit?
      Bring it on, B&T. Have you considered opening a factory here?

      • Yeah, they are working on USA made silencers already as B&T USA. They’ve gotten a lot done in the past year.

  • Clodboy

    A Swiss TEC-9?

    What’s next, an updated Cobray Terminator shotgun from Steyr?

    • James

      I’m going with re-engineered Lorcin by HK. MSRP $1750.

  • David BB

    A pistol-caliber SMG? In 2015?

    What will their next product be? A bolt-action military rifle in 5.56mm, perhaps based on the Mauser 98 action, to compete in NATO trials against modern select-fire designs?