After Sunday’s post about sub-machine guns, I guess I’d better reveal my choice:
I’ve fired most of the others (especially the Uzi while in the army, and the MP40 — actually, an MP-38, but whatever) but never got a chance with the MAT-49.
However, after watching this range report, I picked it over the others.
- slow-ish rate of fire (~600 rpm), so it’s easier to squeeze off singles or double-taps
- solidly made and reliable
- easily stowed without having to take the mag out
- and it looks the bee’s knees when the mag is swung into battery:
In the hands of an untrained shooter, a slow rate of fire is preferable to that of, say, the Suomi, S&W 76 or MP-40 because it’s more easily controlled. That’s why the French never bothered with a selector switch. (Anyone who’s ever fired an M3 Grease Gun, which has a similarly-low rpm and no selector switch, will know what I’m talking about.) I also like the front grip, because as any fule kno, one way to make a magazine malfunction is to hold it while shooting.
The reason I picked the 9mm cartridge over the .45 ACP et al. was that the Europellet is the most common caliber among subbies, thus yielding a wider choice.
And yes, I’d happily go to war with any of the choices I listed — so there are no wrong answers, in my book.
Seems like this was a popular “conundrum”-type post, so expect more as time goes by.