POTD: French Secret Service Protect President with B&T MP9 machine pistols

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

This photo published in the Guardian shows President François Hollande visiting the Bataclan Theatre where terrorists killed 89 people and injured 200. A reader noticed the B&T MP9 machine pistol being used by the French ‘Secret Service’ officer (GSPR / Groupe de sécurité de la présidence de la République),

The B&T MP9 is sometimes referred to as a machine pistol and sometimes as a submachine gun. It sits in that grey area between machine pistol and submachine gun. My own opinion, having handled a few of them over the years, is that it is a machine pistol, at least in the configuration without a fixed foregrip such as the B&T MP9N.

The reader who sent this photo in said it reminded him of the famous photos taken of Secret Service Agent Robert Wanko, armed with an Uzi, after the assassination attempt on President Reagan (although the context is obviously quite different).

Thanks Silas for sharing.

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  • Kivaari Kivaari on Nov 26, 2015

    If you need a short barrel shotgun, buy Remington Model 870 POLICE. They have aluminum trigger groups. Each of our patrol cars had either an MP5 or M4 as well as a .22 rifle fire. Plus 2 handguns. We could handle most.

  • Anon. E Maus Anon. E Maus on Nov 29, 2015

    It's nice to see the MP9 get some appreciation.
    Are B&T selling pistol variants of it in the US yet?