A Trip to the Bundeswehr’s Fantastic Defense Technology Museum in Koblenz, Part 5: Submachine Guns, Cont’d 2 [GUEST POST]

The history of modern small arms is in part so fascinating because of how many firearms have been developed even in obscure circumstances, and how many of those obscure small arms still exist in museums and private collections around the world. Even though I make learning about obscure modern small arms my hobby, I am continually surprised by the new and unique weapons I uncover both on the Internet and in real-life excursions to some of the aforementioned collections.

TFB reader Bronezhilet recently visited the Bundeswehr’s (German Army) Defense Technology Museum in Koblenz, Germany, and shared with TFB the photos he took of the small arms in the collection there. Over the course of a few installments, we’ll be taking a look at groups of these photos. For the moment, we won’t be taking an in-depth look, but I encourage our readers to check out these weapons for themselves!

We previously looked at some of the great selfloading rifles and SMGs at the Koblenz museum, and today we’re going to continue, starting with a suppressed Croatian Pleter-91 SMG:


Do you like MP5s? Who doesn’t! Here’s a cutaway of the world’s greatest submachine gun:


A suppressed Austrian Steyr TMP, which later evolved into the B+T MP9, sits above a suppressed MP7A1 (don’t forget the USP-45 Tactical, either!):


The most futuristic SMG of all, the P90:



Heckler & Koch makes transparent polymer versions of their weapons for armorer instruction. Here’s one such version of an MP7A1:


The unusually stylish Argentine Halcon SMG:


A whole gaggle of burpguns in this case: Yugoslavian M56, Steyr MPi-69 (in my opinion one of the best-looking Uzi-likes), an Uzi with mounted fixed stock, Mini-Uzi, a Spanish Star Z-70B, and a Star Z-84:


The Robocop-esque Croatian Agram-2000:


The cult classic Jati-Matic of Finland:


Small and mighty vz. 82 from Czechoslovakia, in 9×18 Makarov:


The unusual and innovative Polish PM-63 “Rak”, named after the cancer that afflicted its designer:



And finally, a Croatian Zagi M91, with sound suppressor:


That’s all for now! Next time, we tackle the rare assault rifles of Koblenz!

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.


  • Joseph Goins

    The elusive MP7 in captivity.

  • Warren Ellis

    That Halcon SMG looks like it could fit on a set of Star Wars or Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers!

  • Heartbreaker

    Transparent guns are friggin awesome. I would kill for a transparent CZ Scorpion Evo 3.

  • Twilight sparkle

    I wish there was more info on the agram 2000, I’ve only ever seen it in like 3 places

    • Red McCloud

      In a nutshell, it’s literally just a fancy Croatian version of the Beretta M12.

      • Twilight sparkle

        I’m aware but it just seems like there still isn’t much about it, I’d like too see a forgotten weapons style video on it.

  • DropGun25

    What’s that wooden stocked firearm right under the Zagi M91?

    • SlowJoeCrow

      It looks like a De Lisle silent carbine. A wwii British design based on the Lee Enfield rechambered in .45 acp with an integrally suppressed barrel.

      • Rick Locker

        One of the quietest, if not THE quietest firearm ever designed.

  • DanGoodShot

    Is it ok that I had to wipe some drool off my chin?

  • iksnilol

    Ummm… regarding the RAK, it’s an acronym, not about the cancer the creator (allegedly) had.

    • “At that time the code-name Rak was also born. Several urban legends are connected with that name, the most persistent of them making it an abbreviation from Ręczny Automat Komandosów (Commando Hand-held Automatic Weapon). The late Professor Stanisław Kochański, close associate and pupil of Mr Wilniewczyc, disputed the theory. The word “Automat” was used in Russia, at the times Mr Wilniewczyc studied small arms designing there during the WW1, and later on, up to this date (e.g. Avtomat Fiodorova, and later the Avtomat Kalashnikova, the AK), only for automatic rifle-class designs. Mr Wilniewczyc was famous for his terminological purism. He time and again have chastised his students and co-workers alike for such blunders, and so it is highly unlikely that he would ever call his work using the wrong term, as it was chambered for the pistol round. According to Kochański, the name Cancer could stem from two things. First, the cocked weapon was very unusually shaped for these days – it looked as it was positioned backwards, just like the ‘canard’ airplane flying the horizontal stabilizer first. In Polish language there is an expression ‘chodzić rakiem’, meaning ‘walking backwards’, like the cancer moves. The indirect proof that the name was used as a word – and not as an acronym – is Wilniewczyc’s own joking remark from the times, where he fought an uphill struggle against the terminal illness, that eventually killed him in December 1960. He is reputed to say then, that ‘Either the cancer is going to finish me first, or I would finish the Cancer earlier’, playing on the names of his gun and his illness.The cancer got the better of him on December 23, 1960. After his death, the Rak design team with Marian Wakalski, Grzegorz Czubak and Tadeusz Bednarski took over the whole of design and started to perfect it.”


      As far as I know, the “RAK” acronym is apocryphal, “Rak” is the actual name of the weapon, and “PM” is the designation. Like Ian says, this is supported by the fact that what “RAK” supposedly stands for makes no sense.

      • iksnilol

        Well played.

        Thanks for the information, I was seemingly wrong.