Bangladesh Police with Taurus SMGs

It has come to light that the Bangladesh Police has been supplied with 2,500 9x19mm Taurus SMT9C submachine guns. Official deliveries apparently took place at the force’s headquarters in Dhaka in December, 2016, being followed by introductory courses to local instructors by personnel of the Brazilian manufacturer. The weapons are believed to be in service by now. Curiously enough, the featured TFB image above was posted in a local Bangladesh Facebook page as early as March 19, 2015 showing the guns in the hands of that country’s Special Security and Protection Battalion (SPBN), a comment saying they had been delivered “about couple of months ago”.

Bangladesh Police members with the SMT9C. (Image source: bdmilitary.com)

But, it was only recently (February 6) that Forjas Taurus officially announced the deal in a short press release, referring to the guns as ”SMT9” models. However, examination of a few third-party photos available show that the weapons are, in fact, of the SMT9C variant, with a 165mm barrel (200mm, in the standard SMT9) with no flash hider. It has also become clear that the weapons were delivered with the original Taurus massive iron sight structures, but later fitted with an AR-style rear sight plus a different front sight. Also, the guns received a standard model polymer side-folding stock (originally, the “C” was stockless).

In the same recent press release, the manufacturer states that other SMT9 sales have been made to Bosnia, India, and China (!).

Photos taken during an indoor introduction class for the Brazilian subguns to Bangladesh police officers show the original sights fitted, plus the foldable polymer stocks.

The Taurus SMT9C as now in reported use by the Bangladesh Police.

Comparative view of a standard SMT9 in Brazilian Army Airborne Brigade service fitted with a red dot sight and a forward grip/flashlight unit. The red cap indicates operator to be a Pathfinder.

A brief overview of the Taurus subguns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAzX_Km_nC8&t=11s

POST UPDATE: TFB has now learned that the M4 carry handle-fitted SMT9Cs were about 500 examples delivered in 2015, while the 2,500 guns delivered in December, 2016, had (and kept) the standard sights.





Ronaldo Olive

Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil’s armed and police forces.


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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Looks like a SCAR and an M16 gang raped a poor MP5.

    • Russ Kell

      Gah. Coffee out the nose. Damn you. 😉

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Its disturbing, I know.

    • MrBrassporkchop

      MP5: “NEIN! NEIN! BITTE NICHT!”

      SCAR: Tears streaming down face

      M16: “WHY YOU MAKING US DO THIS YOU SICK BASTARD?!”

      Forjas Taurus: “HUEHUEHUE”

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Sick bastard.
        Youre now the President of this place.

        • iksnilol

          Until James makes another video.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Settle down, Bevis.

          • iksnilol

            What if I scared him away from doing another video?

            :/

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I wouldnt blame him.

            You frighten me very much.

          • iksnilol

            I guess… I guess that’s me…………………………………………………………… we always hurt and scare away the ones we love, don’t we, comrade?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            We sure do.
            Thats why I have to stay 500 yds away from schools.

          • iksnilol

            Should’a done listened to Johnny Cash and not brought your guns…and maybe some pants next time?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Never bring pants to a gun fight.

          • iksnilol

            Dude, it was as school. Pants are sorta required there, gunfight or not.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I dont let society dictate where I wear pants.

          • iksnilol

            Shamefully they put freedom fighters like us on a list.

  • yodamiles

    Ugly as hell…..

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Millimeters might as well be miles when it comes to aesthetic design flaws in guns, cars or faces.

  • UWOTM8

    The pic with the M16 carry handle hurt to look at.

    • Phillip Cooper

      and the others didn’t ?

      • UWOTM8

        The others just make it look like a knockoff UMP. I’d buy one if the price was right and it worked. That carry handle though….not a good look

  • Hoplopfheil

    Don’t shake ’em too hard or they’ll go cyclic!

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      ***begins shaking vigorously***

      • roguetechie

        If you shake it more than twice…

  • valorius

    Taurus. Eww.

  • Garfield3000

    Nothing says “serious business” like an empty drop leg holster and an A4 carry handle.

    • vjjadd

      It’s been Banged (short for Bangladeshified)

  • Nicholas C

    I wonder why Taurus copied the SCAR ugg boot stock? And why go with that gun? Why not the UMP9, MP5, CZ Scorpion or other 9mm carbines?

    Im guessing they must be very inexpensive.

    • UWOTM8

      Countries with low security budgets buying “good enough equipment” equipment that costs less but looks legit in press photos. It’s why the MiG-29 was such an export success.

      • babbdbd

        Very true, that explains the ‘security’ that look like models. My idea although would work would like like crap.

    • manndb

      All those subguns are very expensive. Only real competitor is the Beretta Mx4 Storm but that’s been sold in large numbers to India the mortal enemy of bangladesh.
      Personally think they should just put a longer barrel on a beretta p92 clone, stick a proper stock on it and forward grip plus top rail on the picatinny rail and you’d have probably a delicate but at least functional and reliable subgun.

      • Nicholas C

        Not really. My FFL friend got a select fire UMP for like $600.

    • John

      you know what they say, when price is the only criteria…go with Taurus

  • SBR

    My god is it ugly….

  • Tom

    If China purchased any them I am sure it was only to determine if it was worth copying. I am also quite certain the answer to that question was a big no.

    • John

      #Thatawkwardmoment

  • Bernardo Costa

    They’ve either gone completely nuts, or didn’t hear about São Paulo’s teeny tiny multi-million loss on defective firearms incredibly similar to those.
    Oh, but no matter; everyone knows that Taurus has an unblemished reputation for totally original, reliable and quality not-frankenstein-ish-firearms. I mean, everyone that says otherwise is either muffled or ends up dead; gotta be a curse from God for such grotesque lies, right?

    Seriously Taurus, go sit on a pike.

  • USMC03Vet

    Suddenly the rare down syndrome brother of Scorpion Evo appears!

  • Darrell

    I handled one once at the LGS. It didn’t feel like a gun, it felt like a big piece of plastic with a gun buried somehere inside it. Clunky POS.

  • ozzallos .

    Doesn’t have HiPoint’s street cred.

  • Dee Carlile

    I need some of those magazines for my CT9.

  • John

    As long as it doesn’t fire with the safety off, it should be a useable gun. Reliably ugly has a beauty all its own.

    Probably cost around $100 USD per gun to make anyway.

  • John

    Hmm.

    I presume they went with the “compact” version under the belief that the smaller barrel is near-completely protected by the plastic shroud. Won’t bend if it’s propped against a surface, won’t hit anything if the operator points the weapon through a hole in the wall, won’t snag on anything while entering a doorway and leaving a car, etc.

    I also presume that’s fine for their purposes, because this submachine gun looks designed for the operator to grab and hold the weapon by the mag well. Thus they don’t have to worry about anyone putting their hand too close to the barrel and shooting themselves, and incidentally don’t have to buy a lot of expensive fore end accessories that the cops and soldiers might be inclined to beg for, because there’s no room for them.

  • MOUE

    That’s one ugly motherlover.

  • BeoBear

    Didn’t the Brazilian military/police petition the government to be allowed to buy/use weapons made out of country because of all the malfunctions with their issued Taurus made stuff? I remember watching a documentary awhile back where they talked to actual soldiers/police patrolling the streets in high crime areas and even caught the weapons failing on film. The guys said they were required by law to only use weapons made by Brazilian manufacturers and that Taurus was the only option. They said they had petitioned the government to allow them to buy weapons made outside the country but nothing had come of it at that moment. They said Taurus took back many of the weapons to be fixed but they had done that before and they still got faulty guns issued to them afterwards.

    I’ve not been able to find anything online that talks about it so I’m curious if it’s still a problem in Brazil or was it all over blown to begin with?

  • ChristianC

    I think id rather use a STEN gun.

  • jcitizen

    8.4 pounds? Sheese! I feel sorry for them!