Submachine Guns

The French MAS-38 SMG

May 4, 2017 Ian McCollum 29

The MAS-38 was France’s first officially adopted submachine gun, rushed into service in 1940. It was basically too late to help with the defense of France, with less than a thousand delivered by June 1940. […]

Submachine Guns

The Beretta PM-12S Submachine Gun

April 22, 2017 Ian McCollum 38

For several decades, the Beretta company’s handguns and submachine guns were nearly all designed by the very talented Tulio Marengoni…but nothing can last forever. After World War 2, Beretta engineer Domenico Salza began working on […]

Submachine Guns

M3 and M3A1 Grease Guns

April 14, 2017 Ian McCollum 64

The US began looking for a cost-effective replacement for the Thompson submachine gun in 1942, and the “Grease Gun” was the result. Designed by George Hyde (a noted firearms designer at the time) and Frederick […]