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Jatimatic

The Jatimatic was a Finnish submachine gun intended for bodyguards and private security forces. It was designed in the 1980s, and never achieved much success despite having some interesting and clever features. The bolt is designed like and Uzi or CZ-23/24 bolt, wrapping around the barrel to allow a heavy enough bolt for direct blowback operation while maintaining a short overall length of the gun. The bolt also travels along an axis not quite parallel to the barrel, which helps reduce muzzle climb.

However, the Jatimatic did not have any provision for using a shoulder stock, relying instead of firing from the hip or with a carry sling. This significantly hampered its practical utility. In addition, the sling attachment on the rear of the gun is also the takedown catch, so putting tension on the sling in the wrong way can result in the gun disassembling (not a good design feature).

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4 comments to Jatimatic

  • Cybrludite

    Turned up in two movies I can think of. In “Red Dawn” it was the personal weapon of the Spetznaz commander, and it was used with a laser sight by Stallone’s character in “Cobra”.

  • its 23 years ago i watched the movie cobra but i remember it like it was yesterday.
    stallone assembling this jatimatic in the hotel room,really funny how one can remember such stuff after 23 years.

  • 103David

    Many years ago, somewhere I recall looking at one and very briefly handling one (and to be fair) not firing one. The one thing that impressed not only me in the handling but also the owner/posessor was a considerable amount of derision in that the weapon “did not shoot where it looked.” Way, way high as I recall. Being designed for single-handed or hip-firing, launching your rounds somewhere else than where you’re aiming made it the poster-boy for the “fatal-flaw” concept.

  • Dr.sc.ing. Girts Krumins

    Jati-matic (JaTimatic) GG95PWD:
    Tampereen Asepaja Oy, Finland
    9 mm Para 20 or 40 rounds
    Barrel 230 mm
    Lenght 400 mm
    Weight 1,65 kg

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