The MA-13 MK II: Myanmar’s Steyr/Micro Uzi Knock Off

    Although the 9x19mm MA-13 MK II design was first seen online in 2012, there is still relatively not much known about it outside of the Myanmar Police Special Task Force that has been seen utilizing it as standard issue, albeit sparingly. Staying within the previous designation of the Burmese Defense Industries license produced copy of the Israeli IMI 9x19mm Uzi submachine gun as the MA-13 (MA for Myanmar Army), the Tatmadaw appears to have added a “MK II” suffix to the nomenclature to designate a variation.

    An image of the submachine gun first appeared on a Burmese Military enthusiasts blog, then was posted to another Burmese blog on November 23, 2012. The same image then came online in the Myanmar Military thread in Pakistani Defense Forums in July of 2014, being labeled as the MA-13 MK II.  Since then it has also appeared in a Guns.wikia page, labeled simply as the MA-13.

    These are some of the few photographs we have found with the MA-13 MK II in operational use by the Myanmar Police Special Task Force and posted on Burmese social media accounts. Notice the black canvas sling that appears in both photographs, connecting two points on the receiver as a Single Point. Also note that it appears the magazines for the MA-13 MK II are most likely the same standard 25 round magazine that comes with the MA 13.

    The MA13 MK II is comprised of a polymer frame that matches the rough profile of the older Steyr TMP, or current B&T MP9 (licensed TMP production) with the forward angled grip, blast protector, and the lightening cuts/gripping texture that is apart of the frame. It appears that the receiver fits into the frame via several pins that hold it together. From the photographs that we have it appears that there is a single color scheme being utilized on the frame and that is a sort of OD Green.

    Image from ModernFirearms.net

    Micro Uzi for comparison, image from Wikipedia.

    However, the design is essentially a BA-93 receiver and operating mechanism (even down to the grip safety) but with the charging handle now placed behind the rear sight, similar to the Steyr TMP. It would appear that the Burmese Defense Industries folks wanted to find the best cross between the smallest design they could come copy, while at the same time maximizing available parts, magazines, and ammunition.

    Image source- http://zonwar.ru/catalog-guns/birma/Birma_01.html

    An incredibly important note here is that the emblem on the grip is the exact same as the Burmese Glock copy, known as the MA-5 MK II, in addition the grip texture striations are incredibly similar, also as if both were down on the same mold.

    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

    Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at [email protected]


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