Tanfoglio TCMP compact sub-machinegun and select fire pistol

The German EnforceTac 2016 is a two day exhibition for professionals only. Just before the IWA exhibition where the rest of us are welcome, and the fully automatic stuff is well hidden.

Italian Tanfoglio displayed a new sub-machine gun in 9×19 mm called TCMP.

The design is still in prototyping, but as you can see very compact and features some interesting solutions.

You don’t need to be an expert to see some “pistol to carbine conversion kit” similarities, but the concept has more depth both in terms of features and market potential.

For instance, the Beretta M12 has been in service since 1959 – and is still in production in upgraded versions – and whoever gets the contract for replacement will be kept busy for a few years to come.


Tanfoglio TCMP in 9×19 mm. The magazine looks very similar to an IPSC Open pistol long magazine, or potentially even longer. Meopta red dot on the picatinny rail.


Picture by Franco Palamaro.


Below: French President François Hollande during the November 2015 Paris attacks. Note the close protection to the left with what looks to be a B&T SMG MP9-N in 9 x 19 mm. Obviously there is a huge potential market for these types of firearms, as countries seek replacements for their HK MP5s, Beretta M12s, French MAT-49s and so on.




Picture by Franco Palamaro.

Above, the Tanfoglio P19-FA. Yes, FA stands for Fully Automatic. The base pistol is the Stock III sporting pistol, but the FA has a select fire on the left side of the frame. I’m sure you noted the threaded barrel already for more fun stuff.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


  • Major Tom

    Twenty bucks says the TCMP’s gonna appear in the next Battlefield or Call of Duty game next year.

  • Petto

    It looks something like from GTA game that somewhat wants to look like MP7
    Body itself looks somewhat like a Roni but this thing is a SMG only

  • Anonymoose

    I want one in 10mm.

    • iHAL

      That’s a different frame size. Uneless you mean 10mm short.

      • Anonymoose

        I know. I still want a full-auto 10mm.

        • iksnilol

          No, no you don’t. 😛

        • Kristoff

          God don’t we all…

  • thedonn007

    Looks like it does not even manage a chin weld

    • Anonymoose

      That’s not something you want when you’re a riot cop with a face-shield, and that is the primary intended market.

      • Israel asskissing conservative

        Riot police in Europe usually have handguns, or no guns, since rifles at a riot? That’s just escalating an already bad situation, asking for police to get shot.

        Your point stands, that some cops in Europe do wear full face shields, and “cheek weld” = “can’t see your sights.”

    • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

      I don’t think that’s a thing.
      I mean: I am Italian, and I hadn’t even heard the term before living for a few years in the USA. And look at the weapons of the previous generation and actual competitors. HK MP5 with the collapsible stock, Beretta M12s, French MAT-49 do not allow a cheek weld. And neither B& MP9 nor HK MP7 have this in mind, with their rail-thin and low profile collapsible stocks.
      My guess is that a cheek weld with a carbine or a PDW is something that is specifically American, and your AR-15 centered gun culture.
      I might be wrong, but that would require some specific information about doctrine of European units that use carbines and PDWs.

      • iksnilol

        I don’t find cheek weld that important, especially not with sub guns that are 150 meter guns at best (barring some exceptions).

        I manage to shoot sub-MOA with no problem at all, and that’s with a “lacking” cheek weld (I sorta am not a fan of mushing my face into my rifle).

      • CommonSense23

        The issue is you can’t shoot fast with a red dot without a cheekweld. Its the same issue guys are having with pistols these days.

        • Israel asskissing conservative

          You can get a cheekweld for more comfy shooting, or you can get shot in the face. Which one you want?

      • Shadowguy

        Another arrogant Italian . ” our AR15 culture ” ? WTF ? We like Berettas and EAA and Benellis as well and other quality guns in this country . The USA made those company’s Millions not Italy. Take your smug ass back to sunny Italy and their MINOR contribution to the war on terror and we will wait for your crying call for help to bail you out when the terrorists hit you .

        • Camilo Emiliano Rosas Echeverr

          You’ve made quite a few irrelevant points. And I think that even the most casual reader would be able to see who’s the arrogant one. Have a good day.

        • Easy does it—– There no need to start a war of words.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Tanfoglio P19-FA. Yes, FA stands for Fully Automatic.”

    • nova3930

      Yes indeed. FA CZ-75? sign me up right now

  • Andrew

    That P19-FA though…I’m in love

    • Miguel Raton

      Not sure what a post-’86 FA pistol is good for: civvy’s can’t buy’em, and the po-po are too smart to mess with’em [at least, I would *surmise* they’d be well-educated enough at this late date to know you can’t hit sheisse with a machine-pistol.]

      Good looking handgun tho’, & I’d like one in S/A for target practice at the right price point, but that’s unlikely behind the Granola Curtain of the PRK…

  • mechamaster

    The TCMP is… Pistol lower receiver, mated with submachinegun upper ? Wow, such modularity.

  • Cahal

    first glance, TCMP sister/brother to a MP7 .

    • Wetcoaster

      More resemblance to the ST Kinetics CPW in my eyes

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Well, it wouldn’t be a firearm expo without 3D Printed parts on guns that don’t really exist!

  • GonnaPass

    Gonna have to keep it lubed w/ a mix of CLP and espresso (morning, evening, multiple times during the day), will be argumentative and temperamental, won’t be available to shoot before 10:00AM or after 03:00 PM – and when supposedly available to be shot, it may or not actually be available. Italian gun.

    • gusto

      yeah because Beretta, Benelli and a whole host of fine italian shotgun makers are known for producing crap?

      • Stan Darsh

        Using the name of the companies that produce the ARX and the MR1 isn’t a good example for your cause.

  • Ben Loong

    Hm, the butt plate on that retractable stock looks kind of small.

  • iksnilol

    So basically an FA CZ SP01?

    Do want.

  • John

    the Italian Stechkin


    hmm I see 3D……………….

  • Drunk Possum

    The only thing I gleaned from this article was Francois Hollande with his armed security surrounding him. “No no no, you can’t have guns, but my armed security can.” Ah, France.

    • joe tusgadaro

      But you can have guns in France….

      • Drunk Possum

        Not the way they are portrayed here. Defensive gun use, concealed carry? Not a chance in France. Only the upper echelon are allowed guns for their defense. The common man? No way.

  • I see Tanfaglio continues their time honored tradition of doing what CZ does.

  • Valvatorez

    Tanfoglio should chamber it in either 4.6×30, 5.7×28 or .22 TCM. So we can finally have a civie MP7 that HK never made.