Type 79 submachine gun

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

I just really like the design. Simple and functional. It looks like it should fire something more powerful than the 7.62x25mm Tokarev.


The Type 79 submachine gun is more or less patterned after the Type 56 (AK-47) assault rifle. It uses gas-operated, rotary bolt action with short stroke gas piston located above barrel. The bolt group and fire mode/safety switch are similar to those of the Type 56 rifle. The barrel, receiver, pistol grip, magazine and shoulder stock are all made from stamped steel. The weapon fires 7.62 X 25mm pistol cartridge in either single or fully automatic mode. Ammunitions are fed from a straight box magazine that holds 20 rounds. Shoulder stock folds up and forward when not in use.

Hat Tip: MP.net

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Scott Scott on Mar 30, 2008

    And what is wrong with the 7.62x25 TT? Just because it is a .30 doesn't mean it is any less weak. The high velocity of the round alone makes up for it and the fact that the Russian Mafia uses this same round in their TT-33's to defeat Militia body armor must say a lot for this tiny, unappreciated, yet effective round. Plus it is the cheapest round on the market today and widely available.