Nova Submetralhadora: Brazil's Civil Police Select the B&T APC9-G PRO

Brazil’s Sal Paulo Civilian Police have just selected a new submachine gun along with all of its cool bells and whistles for its latest addition to the law enforcement agency’s arsenal. The B&T APC9-G PRO 9mm submachine gun will allow officers complete magazine compatibility between current service pistols as well as the 700 new submachine guns that the agency has purchased from B&T USA. This is B&T USA’s second contract in recent memory with the country of Brazil with B&T previously fulfilling a contract for the APC40 to the country’s Polícia Militar (military police).

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The Most Underrated SMG Ever? The Beretta MX4 Storm

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves is looking at one of the most underrated SMGs ever, the Beretta MX4 Storm. Like the more tactical version of the Beretta CX4 Storm, the MX4 is light, short, easy to handle, and features a blistering 950rpm rate of fire. This is a massively underrated and reasonably priced SMG. Unfortunately, it’s not available in the USA, but it’s still a fun watch, we promise.

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The Rimfire Report: The Williams/Lisk 22 Rimfire Belt-Fed Submachine Gun

Hello and welcome back to another edition of The Rimfire Report. This ongoing series is all about the rimfire firearm world and its various firearms, ammunition, and technologies. This week we have a very interesting firearm I didn’t even know existed until fellow writer Doug E sent over a few snippets from  The Gun Digest Book of Assault Weapons 5th Edition. In this book, the Williams/Lisk 22 Rimfire is featured and marked as a design that never quite made it into production. The Williams/Lisk 22 Rimfire was basically an American 180 on steroids but in belt-fed form and I don’t know how you can’t have fun with a belt-fed rifle especially when the ammunition is so inexpensive. So today we’ll dive into the Williams/Lisk 22 Rimfire and see what the impetus was for its invention and also why it never quite made it to the production stage of its life and is now all but a forgotten memory of the firearm world.

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Ukrainian FORT-230 9mm Submachine Gun

At the  Arms and Security 2021 exhibition held in Kyiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian small arms manufacturer FORT (Science Industrial Association (SIA) “FORT” of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine) has introduced two new firearms – the FORT-230 submachine gun and the FORT-20 striker-fired pistol. In this article, we’ll take a look at the FORT-230 SMG.

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India Introduces New Indigenous ASMI Submachine Gun

India has introduced a new 9x19mm submachine gun – the ASMI. Indigenously designed the new weapon uses modern materials and manufacturing techniques and it even takes Glock magazines, feeding from the extended 33 round magazines. It is claimed that the weapon will cost around 50,000 Indian Rupees or $685 to manufacture.

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B&T Wins Sao Paulo Brazil Contract with APC40 PRO Model

B&T made waves when they won the U.S. Army contract back in 2019. Now, it appears their list of contracts is expanding all the way down to Brazil. The Sao Paulo Military Police have just announced their adoption of the B&T APC40 PRO. Details from the press release below:

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Ukrainian Border Guard Tests Locally Made SMG-15 Submachine Guns

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine has published a press release telling about the new, domestically-produced submachine gun called SMG-15 that they are currently testing and may adopt in the foreseeable future. The press release notes that the gun is made by a company called “UKROP” LLC (ТОВ «УКРОП») which according to some Ukrainian sources is related to another Ukrainian company,  Zbroyar. The latter manufactures AR-15 and AR-10 pattern guns as well as bolt action rifles. Earlier, we reported about the adoption of Zbroyar Z-10 .308 Win / 7.62x51mm NATO rifle by the Ukrainian military under a model designation UR-10.

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[SHOT 2020] B&T Reveals a New 10mm Sub Gun – The APC10

I had a chance to stop by the B&T booth for Industry Day at the Range to see their newest addition to the sub-gun Market. Now in what some argue is the “best millimeter” the B&T APC10 made its way into the B&T booth where I was able to get some trigger time behind this new sub-gun. I spoke to some of the team from B&T to glean a little more information about how this new addition to their line of sub-guns came to fruition just in time for SHOT Show 2020.

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HOT GAT or FUDD CRAP? Sweet 60's Subgun or Knock-Off Thompson?

Welcome everyone to the 33rd edition of ‘Hot Gat or Fudd Crap?’, one of our many series here on TFB. If you’re new to the series, this is where we look at the most obscure firearms that are actually for sale and ask the question – is this Gat a sweet deal or only have Fudd appeal?  Each week the TFB staff weighs in with their thoughts, but readers get the final say in the poll at the bottom of each article.

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The history of the first Russian SMG – Degtyaryov PPD-34/38/40

Everyone knows about the Soviet “burp gun” – PPSh-41. But its predecessor, PPD 34, is much less known, both in Russia and internationally.

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[Indo Defense 2018] Tanfoglio's Submachine Gun Close Up

Italian handgun company Tanfoglio had their 9x19mm TCMP submachine gun with them at the Tanfoglio booth during Indo Defense 2018. We reported on the TCMP in 2016 when the company was showing the TCMP at the IWA Show, but since then TFB hasn’t heard too much about the design since then. At Indo Defense we were able to talk through the submachine with the president of the company, Massimo Tanfoglio.

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An Early FDE: Australian Factory Camouflage Patterns of WW2

Today there are two types of camouflage methods that immediately come to mind when we consider the task of trying to better conceal infantrymen and their weapons throughout the world.

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BREAKING: US Army Selects 6 Companies for Sub Compact Weapon Programme

Déjà vu? Not quite. The US Army has announced the companies which have been down-selected for the Sub Compact Weapon programme. Six of the companies which responded to the Army’s Prototype Opportunity Notice have been selected for testing and evaluation and there are some surprising absences when we compare it with the previous round of vendors that were selected before the Army’s previous abortive RFI was abandoned.

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BREAKING: US Army's Subgun Search Resumes!

We at TFB have been following the US Army’s Sub Compact Weapon programme closely. It was initially announced at the beginning of May, this was quickly followed by the news that weapons submitted by no less than 13 companies would be evaluated. At that point the programme’s contracts had an estimated worth of almost $260,000. Then in the first week of July it was announced that the programme was to be cancelled, pending a review of the Army’s requirements.

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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.

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